20060928 Did you hear the one about Istanbul?

So at some point in 2004 I decided that Istanbul was a cool place and I’d like to go back and live there. A few of you have been lucky enough to go through the hundreds of shots I took when I first visited the country.

Without any doubt, part of moving to Europe was the adventure to live in a country where English was not going to help me … the opportunity to immerse myself in another culture – to live and breath it, I was just hoping that this would happen sooner rather than later. So in the past month, most of you now know this, I was quietly chasing a role in Vodafone Turkey. I’ve had to be a bit quiet about it, just until I knew it was going to happen. I visited about 2 weeks back and now today it’s all been confirmed and now I have 6 months overseas to contend with.

So Telsim is the number 2 operator with 14mil customers. In a country of 77mil there is still alot of opportunity and growth. Judging by whats happening in the global telecoms market, I have an excellant chance to go do something rewarding with the team there. I’ll be working on a number of projects or showing my massive capacity to manage anything large or small.

I’d thought Ian and I would do this together, once I have my European Passport in about 4 years time. I thought if anything it would be me following him to the US or Spain or France or somewhere for post-doc work. Now I’m packing my bags and going to setup a second ‘home’ for us and we shall take turns to visit each other. It’s going to be cool – Turkey for Xmas (they don’t celebrate) and New Years (its supposed to be brilliant).

So I have to go and buy a diary to mark down all those weekends when people will come visit and I’ll show off my great apartment with views of the Bosporous. Tours around the old town, Taksim square and great food!

Author: Damien Saunders

Damien Saunders is a Management Consultant. When not working, he is based in Brighton, UK. Damien specialises in Programme Management and Product Development. Damien is a serial entrepreneur starting his first business at age 14. Currently Damien is specialising in the development of project management tools using jQuery, SharePoint and stuff.

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