I’m feeling a bit nostalgic these days as exactly one year ago I moved from Kazakhstan to south of Turkey and I managed very quickly to adjust to a new place and feel at home. I lived in Belek, a small town close to the much larger city of Antalya. That part of Turkey is popular tourist destination and as soon you arrive there, you understand why. Warm climate, sun, kilometers of sand beaches, Turkish hospitality, food and culture! For me it was heaven, living close to the sea and surrounded by Mediterranean trees with squirrels saying hello first thing in the morning, flowers of all colors and shapes with bees buzzing around, fresh juicy fruit, the sweet smells of warmth and happiness…
This post is about my time there, a bit about the Turkish food and some scenes that will always fill my heart with beautiful memories.
Unfortunately, one of the things that you need to accept with this kind of lifestyle is that you can never get too comfortable and you always need to be ready for a possibility to move. Every expat will know what it means when I say that wherever you are you get attached to people and places and you leave a little piece of your heart there. That’s the best but at the same time the worst aspect of an expat life. You make friends that you have to say goodbye to, you fall in love with places that you need to leave… I don’t know where the life will take me next and for the moment, I am lucky to be in the beautiful Swiss Alps but I can say for sure that a little piece of my heart has stayed in Turkey and I will always have beautiful memories of my time there.
Let me show you a bit more of that beauty and because I can’t do a post without food in it, I’ll show you how typical Turkish breakfast looks like! 🙂
And the food!!! Thick and rich Turkish coffee, sweet and decadent Turkish delight, juicy and delicious kebab, fresh and healthy pomegranate juice and sweet and oh so delicious pistachio baklava, to name just a few! 🙂
And now my favorite, a Turkish breakfast! Everything so good, simit (sesame bagel), jam, honey with cream, tahini pekmez (tahini & grape molasses, yum!!), fresh olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, walnuts, Turkish tea or coffee!