Perking the Pansies and Surviving the Expats in Turkey

Imagine the absurdity of two openly gay, recently ‘married’ middle aged, middle class men escaping the liberal sanctuary of anonymous London to relocate to a Muslim country even one that is secular and practises a moderate and state-controlled form of Islam. Turkey is a country familiar to many Brits: the beer swigging tattooed tourist seeking cheap fun in the sun with chips on the side and those of a more scholarly hue that wonder at the unparalleled scale and depth of Anatolian culture and history. My partner, Liam, suggested I chronicle our exploits with the mad, the sad, the bad and the glad in a blog for the whole world to ignore. Since most Turkish travelogues we have read tend to be worthy, insipid or both, I decided I would try and stir things up with something a little less reverential and lot more controversial. The tales from paradise are true (well, my version of the truth anyway) but I have changed the names of some of the characters to protect the guilty and avoid a brick through my window.

Blog language: English

Key words: Bodrum, Gay, Expats, Retirement
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UK British UK British expat living in Turkey

  • Gender: Male
  • Move: United Kingdom  Turkey
  • Interest: Travel, History, Music, Literature
  • About me: I have recently moved to Turkey with my partner after working in local government in London for over 30 years. Moving to a new country is daunting for anyone so I decided to write a blog of our experiences to help us settle in.


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