My Work Permit finally came. It was supposed to be processed sometime in early September. It was supposed to be ready *next week* for about five weeks. Well, I have it now. We moved into our apartment provided by the school last night. I am excited, it is quite large, has two large balconies, a large kitchen and TWO Bathrooms. TWO Bathrooms! It is also closer to downtown. Where we were living was, great. The apartment was beautiful and only about 10 minutes from my school, but it was 20 km from downtown. So Bulent’s commute to downtown would be long, expensive and frustrating. But this new place is equidistant to downtown and my work. There is also the added benefit of living in the same building as the other foreign teachers, aka neighbors I can talk to, and invite over. My former neighbors were very friendly and inviting, however they did not speak English. One of my old neighbors invited me over for tea several times, and it was very awkward. We would talk in baby Turkish, and body language until she got frustrated and called her son in Istanbul and had him translate on the cell phone. That poor man, he is patient but really, there is a limit to which I will subject strangers to inane small talk—and that is it.