Who am I?
Hi. I’m Sam Ozer. I’m the girl who loved to travel. My day job is as a blogger and social media manager for a local real estate firm, by night I’m a freelance writer and mum. I’m the girl that had never changed a nappy in her life and used to shy away from babies thinking they would break or instinctively know I suffered “baby fear”. I was the one who adopted stray cats saying “cats over kids”, whose friends knew better than to ask me to babysit – until, at the age of 38, I had twins.
I’m an ex-pat originally from Birmingham but have lived in Fethiye, on Turkey’s beautiful Turquoise coast, for more than 12 years. I traveled a lot before settling in Turkey. Months around Central and South America, Asia and Europe but Turkey always held my heart. It’s not the most stunning destination I’ve ever been and I honestly can’t tell you the reason I kept returning, but I did. Turkeys magic just kept calling me back – so much so that I gave up a successful career in recruitment and executive search to settle here permanently. It’s here that I met Unal my fun-loving and fabulous husband. Sorry – no Take a Break “A Turk ripped me off” stories here – Unal’s my rock and a great twin Daddy to boot. Regrets leaving the UK? No. I miss family and friends but survive on occasional visits to catch up and satisfy my cravings for mature cheddar cheese, Tetley tea, reasonably priced toys and battered cod and chips! Ooh…and let’s not forget my all-important duo, my fraternal twin boys Harvey and Dominik. My life. Now pre-schoolers in a Turkish nursery, they have added a new dimension to my previously haphazard and itchy-footed existence. It’s my boys that prompted me to write my rantings and ramblings on twin motherhood and Turkey down in a blog. Take a look around, I hope you enjoy the read. If you fancy collaborating, get in touch, write a guest post or hire me!
Well, why not? I’m often asked why I settled in Fethiye. Most assume I stayed here for Unal but the truth is that I stayed because I had simply found nowhere else that felt so much like ‘home’, I didn’t meet Unal until some years later. Turkey is a fascinating country and most people don’t appreciate its size or beauty. I’m often asked, “Are you not scared raising your family in Turkey?” The answer is simple – No! I would be more concerned living in London or New York. The troubles Turkey has had over recent years have largely been focused in the cities or towards the Syrian border – the distance from London to Berlin from my life here in sleepy Fethiye. As I once wrote in a blog at work, “There have been bombs in London. Did you cancel that camping trip to Cornwall or that lazy cruise along the Norfolk Broads? There has been a terror attack in Manchester. Did you opt out of that stag-do in Blackpool or cancel that weekend away in the Lake District? It’s an unfortunate reality that the threat from terrorist and extremist groups exists the world over as recent attacks around the world has proved.”
Lets put my life this way – my kids wake up to the sun. They are not stuck in front of the TV constantly or tied to an i-pad or x-box indoors (although they do enjoy these too!). They swim most days in the summer, feed visiting chickens and hens. They ramble in the forest at the back of the house and, although I hate some of the many-legged critters they catch in their bug-boxes, they have an appreciation of the environment and nature. They build sand castles, explore ancient ruins, eat fresh, organic fruit and veg – no processed ready meals as they simply aren’t available here. They munch on popcorn and nuts as they watch amazing sunsets from our terrace over the mountains and sea. They are also growing up bilingual in a resort where they get to meet people of every age and nationality. They are happy kids and glow with life. I believe Turkey provides a great childhood filled with wonderful experiences they would miss elsewhere.
The Turkey section of this site is designed to give readers an insiders view of the country. To offer advice to those interested in visiting the country with kids, or relocating here with their family. Have a read through the places to go, stay and explore here in Fethiye and along the coast. Hopefully, you will then appreciate why we are proud to call Turkey our home.
Growing Up Two’s primary aim is to give readers a little insight into expat life in Turkey. It’s a mishmash of ideas, suggestions, reviews, and observations of life here in Fethiye and along the coast. Being a mum to pre-school twin boys, the blog does have a family slant, normally wherever Unal and I go, the boys come too. I’m no ‘super mum’ but I do like to give my boys all the experiences I can in the hope it will give them a rounded foundation in life. In Turkey, parenting, and life, in general, is very different to the UK and many other countries. The site does include many mum rants and ramblings that I’m sure many parents could relate to, but there will be other posts that may seem alien to what you may do at home – but all lives are different, I just hope you enjoy my words and stay tuned for the next post!
This blog is a personal blog. I do not get paid for the majority of my time writing and promoting it and believe me, it does take time, money and effort to create regular content and keep the site running! For this reason, I do include affiliate links on the site. For those that don’t understand affiliate marketing, it’s where I suggest products relevant to an article and create direct links to the likes of Amazon or other advertisers. You get charged no extra, in fact sometimes I advertise products that are way below list price due to my relationship with the brand, but if you do end up purchasing a product after clicking my link, I do receive a small commission from the affiliate. The way I see it, everyone’s happy. You get a great product and I get to keep doing the thing I love! For more information please see the disclosure policy.
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