Adana is a vibrant city of two million people in the south of Turkey, only thirty kilometers from the Mediterranean. Being the administrative seat of a region of the same name, Adana is a bustling center of industry, commerce and agriculture. The city enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate and a rich local cuisine – it also lends its name to a style of kebab popular throughout Turkey. Expats living in Adana also have plenty of exploring to do – the city boasts Turkey's largest mosque, Sabancı Merkez Camii, and Ramazanoğlu Hall, one of the country's oldest mansions. The former is situated in an impressive park on the riverfront, which you can cross using the Taşköprü bridge, an ancient Roman structure still in full use. Living in Adana, expatriates are uniquely placed to enjoy the uniquely Turkish experience of living history and traditions which are as vibrant and exciting today as they must have been centuries, indeed millennia, ago.
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If you're moving to Adana, the chances are that you'll find the city warm and welcoming. Those who have little experience of Asia will find this a city that, although eastern in many regards, will not prove too much of a cultural shock; it is affectionately known as the City-Sized Village. Locals are friendly and keen to introduce 'yabancı' – foreigners – to their culture and especially to their local cuisine. Of course, InterNations is here to help you ensure that your arrival goes smoothly. You can find indispensable discussion groups where you can ask for helpful tips from other expats on moving to Adana, and the Expat Magazine, which is full of useful and interesting articles on everything from expatriate insurance to cross-cultural communication. These articles are a great way to touch base as you settle into the city. Of course, there is no substitute for tips from other global minds who have made the same transition.
Turkey is an entrepreneurial country with a penchant for business and you'll find working in Adana a rewarding experience. Most workplaces have a tea room and great places to have lunch are never far away – because, as you'll soon discover, people living in Adana also have a penchant for great food. You may wish to try your hand at learning a little Turkish, which is a challenging language but by no means an impossible one. Of course, many expats are also keen to socialize with other international individuals. InterNations forums and discussion groups are a practical way to organize a get-together with other expatriates living in Adana with a similar wish to find an international network. With a little luck and a little help from InterNations, you'll have the best of both worlds – the vividness and cultural richness of living in Adana, and the potential to enjoy being part of a vibrant expatriate community as well.