I'm looking forward to the SEG Conference this year in Çeşme. Turkey is a very large country of about 70 million people and is as safe as anywhere else in today's world, with the exception of the southeast, which is over 1,000km from Çeşme, on the west coast.
I've lived for over 11 years in Turkey and currently spend the summers based in Izmir province, where Çeşme is located. I'm here with my wife and 12 year old daughter. My 74 year old unilingual Czech speaking mother-in-law joined us for the month of August. Turkish Airlines took great care of her in spite of the language barrier.
In Izmir province and virtually everywhere else, the summer continues, the beaches of the Aegean have a lot of tourists, local and foreign. The squares, tea gardens, and restaurants are buzzing in the warm, late evenings with babies, children, parents, and grandparents—as they are elsewhere in the Mediterranean.
As always, the greatest risk to people is vehicle accidents and increasingly selfie-induced injuries and deaths — not lightning strikes, shark attacks, or terrorism. The attempted coup in Turkey failed very quickly and democrats from the three large parties flooded the streets. Terrorists try to alter our behaviour with their acts. If we let them do that, they will be rewarded and so will we—with more terrorism.
I'm really looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues in Çeşme in September.
GM Europe and MENA, Russia and Central Asia