What city are you staying in?
We are staying in Buyukcekmece which is a coastal town on the outskirts of Istanbul.
What was the most surprising thing you have seen or done?
Driving over here is always an adventure. Putting your hazard lights on seems to be an excuse for you to do just about anything you want! I’ve seen people parked up on the motorway and on roundabouts. Someone driving in reverse into oncoming traffic was a good one as well.
What was the scariest moment?
Tonight, as I was leaving training and driving round the corner these two stray dogs started attacking my car, barking at me and chasing me down the street!
What are the locals you met like?
The locals here are really nice. Most speak a little English and they all love babies so needless to say Pilot is a big hit with everyone.
Did you find any sights or activities a bit off the beaten track? Beyond the tourist traps?
We haven’t ventured too far off the beaten track just yet. We have been to the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar but are definitely looking forward to exploring more when we have some days off.
What was the funniest/strangest/most insightful thing a local said?
They use the word Baba over here much like we do bro or mate which I found really strange at first but now I catch myself saying it all the time.
What can’t you travel without?
My Apple TV is a necessity. There’s not many English TV channels here so Netflix keeps us going.
What home comfort do you miss the most?
What’s it been like playing for Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece?
It has been a challenge so far. The team is in a difficult position with a lot of injuries and a really tough stretch of games. It’s been a tough adjustment for me this time around but I’m starting to feel much more comfortable now and looking forward to helping get us some wins!
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learnt while playing in Turkey?
The passion of the fans here never ceases to amaze me. The atmosphere in some of the arenas is really something to behold and a lot of fun to be part of.
What are the fans like?
Like I said, very passionate, a lot of chanting and singing, flags, banners and other things all being waved about.
How do you travel to away games? And what’s been the longest trip?
I’m lucky that most of the teams are from Istanbul so we are able to bus to most games. I did play away in Gaziantep my second game here though which is rather close to the Syrian border so we got out of there as quick as we could!