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Househunting Take 2

In the Navy we have a saying – Better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.  I sometimes told that to junior officers when they became immobilized by the overwhelming requirements and regulations that we face in the modern Navy.    Here in Turkey, through sheer ignorance, I ended up in the same situation.

I won’t bore you with all the details, so to summarize, I used the wrong American office to evaluate the safety and security of my apartment.  When the correct office was informed that I had rented an apartment, they originally tried to do a post-leasing inspection and then make any required upgrades.  Unfortunately my apartment building is lacking some major safety requirements, like a fire escape, so back fitting would be too expensive.  Most of the other items on this hit list were, to me, laughable – it seems that my apartment just isn’t American enough.

So, I’m back to square one on the housing front.  I will start looking at places again on Monday and hopefully find something soon.  After this headache I’m dropping all of my personal requirements, like a decent balcony with view and a walkable area, and now just want to find a place that everybody agrees is safe enough for me to live in so I can finally settle down.


I am a little sad because I really came to love this apartment and neighborhood. Hopefully I will find things to love about the new place, wherever it is.

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  1. Deborah #

    This breaks my heart Sarah that this has been such a nightmare for you. Isn’t the point of being an Olmsted scholar to live in the culture – with the good and the bad? (within reason) I know I’m preaching to the choir…we cannot wait to see you in a couple of weeks!

    August 4, 2012
    • Thanks – it’s annoying, but not really a problem. I’ll be moving from one really nice apartment to another really nice apartment – just an administrative drill, really.
      I can’t wait to see you guys too!!!

      August 4, 2012
  2. Alicia #

    Oh gosh. I’m sure you’ll find something nice though. It didn’t take that long to find the place you’re living in now!

    August 4, 2012
  3. Mom #

    Your outlook is perfect; que sera, sera. Talk to you later.

    August 4, 2012
  4. turkischland #

    Reblogged this on turkischland.

    August 4, 2012
  5. Michele Lane #

    So sorry. It looks like a beautiful view…hope you will find a new place you will like as much. Any places available in the same neighborhood?

    August 6, 2012
    • Michele, Unfortunately there isn’t a modern enough place in this neighborhood, so I’m probably going to go to more of a gated community type place.

      August 6, 2012
  6. Old Jarhead #

    I am having far too many “Bahrain flashbacks” when I read your blog, Sarah! I remember that very cheesy “FP security inspection” that all the places had to “pass” before anyone could live in the building. Of course, the bad guys had a GAZILLION opportunities to snatch up any one of the hundred or so drunk ass Sailors/Marines on any given weekend at the bars – or have some Chinese or Russian hooker drug them. Sorry to hear about the goat rope, but I know you’ll make the best out of the nonsense. You always do! 🙂

    August 7, 2012
  7. Janelle #

    Sorry-I know how much it sucks when you’ve already mentally moved in and then have to readjust to something different. Hopefully you’ll find someplace even better!

    August 31, 2012

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