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When we read about Homelink International some 16 years ago, we had gone into retirement a couple of years earlier, we were sceptical about the concept but decided to become members for a year, the main reason being the financial incentive. Never did we realise that joining Homelink would literally open up new worlds and the possibility to meet local people as neighbours with all the advantages that has in a foreign environment.

We have been to England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and the US, some countries more than once and have done a couple of local exchanges. We have found our exchange partners inevitably to be well educated people and more often than not with backgrounds and interests similar to ours. Most of them were actually swapping homes (and cars) not because of the obvious financial benefits, but they wanted to be part of living communities in the country of their choice. A number have become good friends.

Peter & Pam Klews

Looking across the Bosphorus from our apartment in Istanbul to a view stretching from the opulent Dolmabahce Palace to the minarets of Topkapi Palace, we pinch ourselves to make sure we are awake. An hour after we arrive at our destination in Uskadar on the Asian side of this vibrant city of 15 million we were in a rollicking waterside restaurant being plied with Raki and endless succession of mezes (starters ), followed by a feast of kalka (turbot, )courtesy of Fatma and Ayhan , our hosts in a non- simultaneous home exchange. The exchange gave us a fast track into two millennia of local culture , discovering the extraordinary generosity of Turkish people at first hand and to explore the fabulous sights of Istanbul via the city’s user friendly integrated transport system of ferries, buses and underground. The experience was like having our very own magic carpet.

David Morgan & Marianne Heron