@JoelECarlson – Hello everybody and welcome to Twitterview with @slolee as our guest today. Lets get things rolling!
Q – #1 To start – Where did you grow up, and what are some of the life steps you took to get you where you are today?
A: Grew up in Pequot Lakes, MN (beautiful lakes area), moved to the Cities for university and life afterwards.
I knew I wanted to live abroad in my life, found a husband that did as well. Then some friends invited us to Turkey.
I had never taught in a classroom, but I received the training to survive over here.
We also received a lot of support from family and friends for this move. That has helped tremendously.
Q – #2 @slolee So are you in MN or Turkey now?
A: We were in MN last month to visit but we’re back in Turkey for the foreseeable future.
Q – #3 Ah, so this is some SERIOUS long-distance Tweeting! So it’s 1:15pm CST here, what time are you?
A: It is 9:15pm here! The time does make it difficult to talk in real time with people and keep up on everything
The internet is pretty boring in the afternoon here when y’all are sleeping. :D #
Q – #4 I can imagine! Thanks for your time today. :) So what are you doing for work, and what does your husband do?
A: No problem! We are both teaching English at a language school. I teach lower levels, he teaches more advanced classes.
We’re into building relationships. I also have taken Turkish classes and tried to get into the culture.
Q – #5 What are the class sizes generally, and how is being a teacher going for you both?
A: I’ve had classes of 5 and classes of 20. 20 is a lot in the summer in a classroom! They don’t like AC so it gets hot.
He (@c3pojones) has a knack for teaching. It’s been tougher for me, I always said I couldn’t be a teacher. But…
I’ve had a lot of “teaching” moments where I feel so proud of the students and what they learn. That’s been a neat exp.
It’s also been interesting seeing so much of @c3pojones since our schedules are the same.
Q – #6 What is the lifestyle like? Day starts early or later? How is the food, much for variety? What foods do you miss?
A: Days start earlier and end later (lots of night classes) but our days off are chill. We go out with students, explore.
Turks love Turkish food but we’ve found other ethnic food too. I love the homecooked Turkish foods a whole lot.
I miss Mexican the most, followed by Thai. Also, poptarts. I LOVE fresh bread and weekly farmers markets in our ‘hood.
I wrote a blog post about which Turkish foods I’ve come to love: http://bit.ly/cOWPGz
Q – #7 Without prying too much, any plans for moving back to MN, or is it “up in the air”?
A: It’s up in the air. We definitely miss people and eventually want to get back to our careers. But we love this as well.
There’s also a lot of Turkey we still want to see. Maybe after that we’ll come back. :)
Q – #8 So how has Social Media helped you “keep in touch”, and who are 5-15 you follow in MN that keep you informed of things?
A: Really, I don’t know how people did this whole abroad thing before the internet. I’ve met some ppl here in Social Media
@myklroventine @mnheadhunter @jenkaneco @newcoventry are my SM and life informers. They kick…all the time.
Facebook is more for keeping in touch with friends and fam. I also try to watch @smbmsp conversations if I have time.
Q – #9 Now for the FAVS question: Favorite – restaurant, store, summer activity and color?
A: I’ll do a Minnesota and a Turkey version.
Restaurant: Mango Thai/Store: Target/Sum. Activity: Being on a lake/Color: Any shade of blue
Restaurant: Big Chefs/Store: LCWaikiki and Dost/Sum. Activity: Eating ice-cream/Color: stays the same!
Q – #10 I wondered if the color ans would change. :) So what final thought or mantra would you like to leave with everyone?
A: You’re never to old to try something new. Too many ppl say they wish they could do what we do. They can!
@JoelECarlson – ! Thank you for staying awake today and sharing some of your life with us @slolee. Enjoy your life in Turkey!
@slolee – Thanks for the time! This was fun. And no problem, I’d be up anyway!