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KatieGL


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09/11/2011 16:33

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My parents have bought a house in Lapta this week, and they are will possibly be moving in May.



I have been given the opportunity to go with them, but I'm unsure what to do. I know it is a great opportunity.



I have never been before, so I am hoping to visit in January, with any luck this will help me make my mind up.



I would be leaving behind a successful floristry business which I have built up over the past 3 years, so it would be a huge step.



My few queries are:



1. Is Lapta/ Kyrenia a good place for someone in their mid 20's to live?



2. Is there is a substantial amount of work out there? If so, what kind of work?



I have always wanted to work with children: Either be a nanny, work in a school or possibly be a children's rep, although I am happy to do most types of work.





3. What is the social life like? (Having a good group of friends is important to me)



All advise will be hugely appreciated, Thank you :D



Katie



reyntj


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09/11/2011 16:41

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if your business is flourishing please dont leave if you can find work here it will be very low paid starting wages are 1300tl per month and many people work 6 days per week for this also a working visa is not easy also depending on where u are from in the uk lapta might be a bit quiet its nice and sunny though !



ginty


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it is not a place for a youngster, stay where you are and come out for holidays, there is very little work and you would be bored in no time.



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Katie - stay where you are



kelly25


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Hi Katie,



1. Lapta/Kyrenia is good for a person in their mid-twenties, plenty of nightlife and bars



2. There is hardly any work, what work you do get can be very low paid (minimum wage is around 450 a month, with long hours). You need a work permit to be able to work legally, which can be hard to obtain.



3. Social life can be good, there are always things going on that you can do.



I moved here when i was 24, and luckily found myself a good job, and have been here 4 years now. I think there are a lot of people here who really struggle with work, in terms of finding a job, being paid once they have a job and getting a work permit. It can be fairly expensive to live here, but it depends what kind of lifestyle you have.



You need to really look for work before you move here, for example at the universities or somewhere like that. Its a big step to move here, but I will say I love living here, its much better than the UK!



brother



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Katie, re. "I would be leaving behind a successful floristry business which I have built up over the past 3 years, so it would be a huge step."



Indeed it would be and I somehow think that a florist business would be very challenging in NC.

The weather is so hot in the summer.

Have you researched into who your customers would be and what the florist market is like.



May I suggest that you at least defer your arrival so that you could see what your parents think about NC.



Jonesy299


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09/11/2011 18:48

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Totally agree with the general theme of the advice above - spend some time researching the area but my advice is that you are probably in a much better position for business, income generation and socialising in UK than you will be in TRNC.

Brilliant place for oldies on a fixed income (pension / savings etc) and plenty of socialising opportunities.



Good luck whatever your decision.



KatieGL


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Thanks for advise.



The business is doing well, and growing gradually, but is hugely stressful.



I wondered wether a new life style out there would suit me. I'm happy to work long hours, and the money wouldnt really be a huge issue, as long as I was happy.



I don't need a busy, busy social life. I'm happy to relax in cafes/ bars.



Is it easy to meet people?



Thanks for your help.



KatieGL


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Hi, thanks for replys and advise.



I think if I was to move to Cyprus, I would look at having a career change for a while.



I'd be happy to do anything for work really (most things)



Perhaps later on I would go back to floristry or try to do it as a side line.



They get back Saturday, I'm sure we'll have a good chat, I hope theyve done some research for me :D



Also social life - I'd be happy with a few bars and cafes. A visit is needed i think.



Thanks again.



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KatieGL


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Confused face.... I havnt met any as of yet.



Marion


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If you learned Turkish there is a host of lovely young turkish Cypriots with whom you could become friends, bbut on the ex pat scene, not too many in your age group The best advice has already been given. Come out for holiidays. Take it slowly. Maybe you could get someone to manage your fllorist business , but don't look tobe a florist here. In fact, I am not sure there is any work you could do to give you any kind of life style, unless you want to revel in the glorious weather (which is what many of us do).

don't rush, but equally follow your heart (difficult combination). What do your parents think? Are you happy where you are? In which case why change it>

good luck with your decision, but seriously, try it for a few holidays first.



blade


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We have two sons, 20 & 25 neither of them want to live in the TRNC. The pace of life is to slow, and the internet speed is a joke. Power cuts. Lack of social life, bars clubs ect. Are all things they hated about here. One now lives in the UK and the other in Malta.



If you do decide to come and live out here, you may be better looking for work in the south, wages are slightly better but jobs are not easy to come by on either side. I think you would also find the social life scene better in the south.



chriswife


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i have found this area to be the most friendly i have ever known come out look for work if you land something there you go!! you will enjoy the harbour and a gang of my friends go clubbing regularly i can put you in touch the locals are lovely from my experience meeting a man may prove a challenge. to have some chied time out can recommend.



pollymarples


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Kate, stay put, you have a good business, keep it and save to come on frequent holidays to see your parents.



You can have all the fun of clubbing as a holiday maker. If you have the sense to build up a business in the UK. do not throw it away.



brother



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10/11/2011 14:06

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This is bothering me to some extent - conceptually anyway. If we just consider your question: "Right choice to move? The right lifestyle for 25 year old?" If it were me then I would try to find answers along the following lines:



Right choice to move:

You would be moving into a significantly different cultural environment - do you understand it?

Is it the only choice for a move - influenced by your parents decision to move there?

Does it provide the environment that you are seeking?



The right lifestyle for 25 year old:

What is the lifestyle of majority of those in this age group in that culture?

What variety of opportunities are there for a 25 year old?



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