While We Live Here…

Well my last post went in a little bit of a different direction and I don’t mean to sound so sad and gloomy when I refer to other countries who aren’t as fortunate as us.

Just like I promised towards the end, I am going to try and turn things around and brighten the mood up a little bit.

Back To Nature

I know that I have said it multiple times on here but I don’t think it can be said enough.

We really do have it great here in America and there is not a day that goes by where I don’t stop and take a moment to appreciate everything I have.

So I know that I mentioned how much I love nature and that here in America there are a lot more chances to appreciate it than my home country of Turkey. I am fortunate enough to be able to afford putting in some greenery in my yard and I have recently taken full advantage of it.

bushWell I took my own advice and did some research on some landscaping ideas from the link I posted to brighten my yard up a little bit. Now I really try not to spend too much money on aesthetic or materialistic things but I could not resist in this instance and hired some professionals at http://www.treecarefortwayne.com/tree-service-fort-wayne/ to come in and completely redo my front yard.

I almost feel guilty because of the fact that so many people around the world have real problems, but while I live here I am going to embrace every moment of it.

Having the option to hire professional tree cutting services is something that I could only have dreamed of as a kid. My parents never had the money to spend on luxuries like this so the fact that I have gotten to the point where I can is something that makes me so proud and humble. Plus, I avoided the risk of ruining my lawn with sharp tree trimming tools that I probably would have done if I tried to do it myself.

Sometimes I feel guilty, but I really can’t help myself when it comes to greening up my yard which is something I never could have done in my home country.

Where It’s Needed More

What is sad about some of the things I have talked about on here in regards to how good we have it here in America is that the countries like Turkey are in need of it so much but many have virtually no access to it.

Dismal State

istanNow I originally made this page to talk about some of the current news that is happening in Turkey, but a lot of it is extremely depressing and hard to talk about for me so have redirected it to compare it to the U.S., which I think more people can relate to and are more interested in anyway.

But for those of you who are interested in some of the actual news that is going on you can check out this BBC News article to get an idea.

Needless to say, things are looking grim and are not showing any real signs of easing up. It saddens me that there are so many people living in these conditions who have no access to some of the great things that we do here in America. When I talked about how easy it is to find someone to fix your house from yesterday is an example of what I mean.

These are people that are in the most need for help in situations like this and have the lowest opportunities for doing so.

I think I prefer talking about how great we have it here much better…


A few days ago I talked a little bit about how the living conditions here in America are generally much better than living in Turkey and I wanted to go into a little more detail about it because I think it is an important topic.

More Opportunity

Just like most materialistic things here in America like having gardens and greenery in your yard, the fact that there are many more opportunities to work and make money make the living conditions easier to obtain than where jobs are harder to find where I lived in Istanbul.

houseturkThese opportunities also mean that you have plenty of options to choose from to help you fix up or maintain your house. Before I talked about my house that I lived in when I was a child and how the leaky roof was a normal thing and was something to be expected whereas here it is not a common occurrence.

Finding roofing companies near me like this and the company that I work for now was simply out of the question for those who were less fortunate in my home country. Families like mine were responsible for taking care of their own problems and had to either fix everything themselves or learn to live with it, my family obviously choosing the latter.

This goes for businesses and any other types of jobs as well. People who are lucky enough to be living here in America have no problem finding professional help for fixing commercial buildings as well as any housing problems or to restore any roof styles.

Giving Thanks

I think that it is the little things like this that many of us, including myself, take for granted and don’t realize how good we really have it here. Where I was born, the idea of using the internet to search for basically anything you need with the click of a button was a fantasy and never something that I thought I would be able to do myself.

If anything comes from this, I hope to get some readers out there to take a step back and really appreciate everything that we have in our lives.


Although I don’t think I will ever be able to say that I enjoy American food over my native Turkish cuisine, there is another thing about living here that I did not get to enjoy as much in Turkey.


tree1Where I lived in Istanbul, it was very difficult to find a beautiful park or nature trail that we have so many of here in America. Although America definitely has its big cities and areas where nature and plant life are harder to find, you never have to go further than a few miles before you find some scenery or nature that is breath taking.

It was even more rare to find any sort of garden or plant life in your yard or neighborhood and the fact that we can have professional work done here is something I really enjoy and take advantage of. I don’t consider myself a hippie or anything like that, but I can’t help feel a sort of connection with nature and I try to embrace it as much as possible.

When I was a kid I used to love playing outside and I think that’s where a lot of my love of nature comes from. The vast majority of neighborhoods here in America have some sort of trees or gardens in their front yards and most of them are unique. Check this page out to get some ideas on what I mean if anyone out there is reading this outside of America.

Turkish Cuisine!

It might not be the working conditions, but what Turkey does right is the food. There is nothing I look forward to more than having an authentic and home cooked Turkish meal cooked by someone in my family.


Another thing that makes America so great is the abundance of choice and variety it offers in regards to food. You can literally find a place near you for any sort of food around the world that you could ever want.

That being said, it never compares to the legitimate and authentic cuisine that you get from other countries.


foodThere are a number of places in my city that offers Turkish food but it just isn’t the same. For breakfast, menemen is one of my favorite things to have. It might seem simple, only consisting of scrambled eggs with mixed vegetables and spices, but when you find someone who knows how to do it right you will find yourself with one of the most delicious breakfasts you will ever find.

For lunch or dinner, I would have to say that one of my favorite meals is manti which is another one that might appear simple at first sight but it is incredible. For the most part, it is either lamb or beef dumplings mixed with many different spices and yogurt.

And for dessert I of course have to give it to baklava, which I am sure most of you are familiar with.

There is something about the number of spices that go into most Turkish dishes and how well they compliment each other that just makes my mouth start watering the moment I think about it.

Working in Turkey

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am going to go from subject to subject on here with no real direction and will be writing about whatever strikes me that day so keep that in mind. So yesterday we talked a little bit about the Syrian refugee crisis and now we are going to move right on to the working conditions.

From What I Hear

bankNow I don’t have any personal experience with finding jobs or working conditions in Istanbul and other parts of Turkey, but I do have family and friends that I keep in touch with and visit on occasion that tell me conditions have been getting worse over recent years. It seems like this is the kind of state that a lot of countries are in these days, including here in America.

I think a lot of it has to do with the refugee crisis that I briefly talked about yesterday, as the country is seeing millions of people flooding in and most likely looking for work.

A lot of my friends and family that I know there have also told me that the actual conditions for many of the positions that you would see here are much worse than America. Pay seems to be getting lower and the abundance of jobs is no different. A lot of people I know are out of work and have a pretty grim outlook on things to come.

The number of jobs like this one above and mine alike being available is becoming more and more scarce at rates that only seem to be climbing.

Again, I want everyone to take a second to appreciate how good we have it here.

Current State

It is not my intentions to sound too gloomy and depressing whenever I am referring to Turkey because I am proud of where I was born and will always hold it close to my heart.

bulThat being said however, there is some news that is coming out about Turkey and their offer with the European nations that in essence agrees to take on even more refugees from Syria if Europe puts an end to many of the restrictions that are in place in regards to visas. Currently there are already millions of poor and hopeless people fleeing from Syria living in Turkey and I don’t know how many more they can take.

Similar Circumstances

I find this interesting because of the debate that is going on here in America about the same topic. There are people on both sides of the argument for whether or not we should agree to take in Syrian refugees and frankly, I can see valid points on both sides.

Personally, I believe that we should have open arms for these people because of the constant state of absolute horror that millions of people are seeing overseas that we cannot even comprehend having to go through.

On the other hand, allowing in refugees does open a very small possibility that terrorists may try to take advantage and use this as means to enter our country for their deplorable behavior and beliefs.

It is because of reasons like this that I try to stay positive and be so grateful for the conditions that we live in here.

Working Conditions

In addition to better general living conditions, another amazing thing that America has to offer that Turkey seems to be lacking at is the plethora of opportunities for jobs and work. I know a lot of people might disagree with that statement and I definitely understand where you are coming from.

The opportunities might not be as prevalent as they have been in the past and our economy isn’t the best it has ever been, but when you compare our conditions with other parts of the world like my home country of Turkey you realize how good we actually have it here.

My Work

I am so grateful to have been able to find work and I love what I do. I took after my father and have been working as a general contractor for a small company in my town and the majority of my work involves building and repairing new homes. My father held the same type of job when we lived in Turkey but was never paid nearly as much as I am here.

For people who have never seen other countries and the states that they are in, let me be the one to tell you how fortunate you are to be living in a place where you really can do anything you put your mind to and that there is absolutely always someone who would give anything to be in your shoes.

Living Conditions

Now thankfully, I was fortunate enough to have my family move from Istanbul to America when I was very young and I don’t remember life in too vivid of detail. What I do remember though were much worse living conditions that what we are used to seeing here.

Our House

turkeyyI remember the house that I lived in for a few years in Turkey and it was nothing like what I grew up in once we made it to America. My father did not make a lot of money when we were there and lived in a poorer neighborhood but it was average and a common thing in the town I am originally from.

There were a number of issues going on with our house that you really don’t expect to find with homes in this country. I remember there was very noticeable damage to the outside of our house and the roof was always leaking in different places while my father tried to keep up with all of them.

Just like journalism and freedom of speech, I feel that America generally has much better living conditions as a whole for its citizens and provides many more opportunities to obtain them.

Unfortunately, with everything that is going on there now I only see these conditions getting worse.

Journalism & Reporters

In addition to living in constant fear of terrorism and other targeted attacks, the Turkish government has been getting harsher and harsher on those who violate any terms of their speech and journalism rights. The little rights the Turkish people have left do very little to protect the people who are reporting on certain topics or subjects.

America Has it Right

penThe second amendment has to be one of the greatest things that America has to offer. If you start silencing people in certain parts of life, there will only be rebellion and opposition which can escalate very easily. If you are caught writing about something that you are not supposed to, the government will not hesitate to severely punish you and restrict your rights even more.

Because of this, the news that is reported on in Turkey has changed very drastically over the years from the fear of persecution. What kind of a government wants to silence their people? Is Turkey and other countries like them following in the footsteps of North Korea?

This was a huge reason my parents decided to move us to this great country and get away from such tyranny.

This page in itself could get me in a lot of trouble in my home country and I can’t even fathom what that must be like for people living there today.