1. Hi, Franky! Please quickly introduce yourself. Tell us who you are, where you’re from, where you moved to and when/why you moved.
I’m Franky Willems and my wife is Natacha Thiryn. We’re originally from Lokeren. We owned a motorbike store for 21 years, but I sold it all when I was 40 and have then worked for another seven years as a salesman at Mercedes-Benz, the second-hand department Nearly New Car. Two years ago, we moved to Erdemli-Mersin in Turkey and we’re very happy. We’re finally living in a free country!
I was so sick of Belgium: paying a fortune on taxes and getting nothing in return, a million rules to follow, speed checks, bullshit on the news from morning until evening about nothing that really matters, the high IQ of the television channels, VTM first, the stupid shows where famous Flemish people make fun of each other etc.
2. What did you expect from Turkey and life there before moving? Did those expectations hold up?
I already knew Turkey really well and you create your own life, so all of my expectations were met 100%!
3. What’s the biggest difference between life in Turkey and life in Belgium
Everything!!! The good weather, the freedom to go where I want, no speed checks, live here is three times cheaper than in Belgium, cheap fancy restaurants and I can go on like this for three more days.
4. What’s the best part about living in Turkey?
The nice weather, the freedom, the cost of daily life.
5. What do you like least about living in Turkey?
Nothing. Turkey seems to be made for me.
6. What do you miss most about Belgium?
NOTHING, nothing and nothing.
7. Is there something about Belgium that you don’t miss at all?
Unnecessary question, I think, given my previous answers.
8. Do you think you’ll stay in Turkey? Or is there a chance you’ll move abroad again someday?
I’ll definitely stay here. Should things get worse here (read: become like in Belgium), I still have a large duplex in Pattaya, Thailand, to go to.
9. Do you have any tips or advice for other Belgians who consider moving to Turkey?
One golden tip: get the hell out of Belgium and Europe before it gets worse!
Are you a Belgian who moved abroad, or do you know someone who is? I’m always looking for new Belgian Expats to talk to. Check out the X-pat Files for more information on who exactly I’m looking for and drop me a line!