Sunday, 11 May 2014
Pearl Wedding Anniversary.
Yesterday was our 30th wedding anniversary which means that today is the 30th anniversary of my life as a Turk. It's a cliche to say that the time has zipped past frighteningly quickly, but that doesn't make it any less true. In the 30 years since I picked up my pink identity card (pink for a girl, blue for a boy) it has become much harder to take Turkish nationality. I only had to say "yes'" and sign about ten forms and marriage to a Turk entitled me to become one too. I was able to work legally, pay my national insurance and be eligible for a pension in Turkey. Now there is a three year wait after marriage, a police check and a language test and probably many more than 10 forms to fill in.
Living and working in Turkey has not always been easy but it's that little bit of grit that makes the pearl.