VAN LIFE Self Isolation Diaries 🇹🇷ISTANBUL TURKEY - Around the world drive during a pandemic

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We continue our self isolation van life - here in Istanbul Turkey. In this episode we share our self isolation experience and how we muddle through with Google Translate. - Things aren't always as they seem.

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Travel vlog 296 | Istanbul | Country 30/197

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💬 Comments on the video

As a Turkish student stuying at the University of Manchester I am glad to hear that you are happy and safe in my hometown. I missed it so much :) Be safe.

Author — Gökhan a


I guess you will choose Turkey to live rest of your life, after you finish your travel :))

Author — Shohrat Arazov


siz artık tüm Türkiye'nin misafirisiniz.bizim görevimiz sizi evinizde gibi hissettirmek.

Author — yasin ulusoy


I don't see how people could misunderstand what is happening, they should use their common sense. 🍷🍺👍

Author — Chris Needham


Great to see you are doing well. Hard to see how people misunderstand you about being stuck in the camp site! You have definitely done the right thing staying where you are with Trudy. I went to turkey a few years ago and I couldn’t believe in how nice the people were! Amazing

Author — LeeT


Blimey what a palaver with the misunderstanding! Hats off to you for being responsible travellers. 👏👏👏👏

Author — Angelica Jardinerica


Just caught up with your vlogs. We really wished that we had had the same support that you guys have had in Istanbul ( we were in Portugal until we were made to come home) after viewing this vlog I would have liked to make a donation to the local community where you are. We too come from the public service sector and very grateful for our NHS. Could you suggest and provide a link to where a donation is needed most?

Author — Sue & Paul Brown


This is a great catch up video. Well done. I'm so pleased you are safe and have good Turkish hospitality. I liked Marianne's take on the virus: "the virus doesn't move, people move the virus." So true for all of us.

Author — Kathi Foy


It's amazing how BBC always changes the story it's not only BBC it's a lot of news stations from another country's they always think turkey is a bad country they always wants to give it a bad name. It's because we're are a Muslim country they think we are bad people. Not every Muslim country is bad like not every wastin country is bad there is bad and good.

Author — Megaturk 77


You guys have the best attitude. Love every minute watching and praying for you guys to remain safe and bless the Turkish people for making you feel at home. I wish we were there in Istanbul with you. Amazing trip so far for sure, even being in Turkey longer than planned, huh? Best of luck to the both of you. Continue from Arkansas

Author — Brian K.C.


Glad you are still bearing up under the Turkish sun, it looks like Sara and Luca are on the move again and have improved their chances of getting back to Italy. Take care Marianne & Chris and we look forward to the next episode.

Author — Cottage Atelier


YOU NEVER WALK ALONE! Keep your mindset up, stay healthy, make your sports. As you have said, many people in vans are totally confused around the world. You are in one of the best places in the world to be now and during next time. Turkey is my country and I am proud that the turkish people around you are caring about you. The situation is not easy but I am sure that you will make the right decisions as you have made till today. My suggestion to you: write one or more books about your travels and adventures and publish them for instance on amazon. Mix real stuff with fantasy...! This might be a useful and lovely job to do during this time. YOU NEVER WALK ALONE!

Author — Welcome to real life


What a lovely place to be, not the most scenic but certainly a lovely caring place to be.

Author — Vicki


Dude it seems like you lost weight !
I’m suprised because I gained a lot due to lockdown .

Author — tropcm4.6


I'm glad you're both safe, looking forward to seeing you both pushing on post lockdown.. also looking forward to seeing the bloopers LOL

Author — Surfer Steve


We wish you go back to roads to continue your journeys and adventures soon. As a dance sociaty, we're expecting to return on stages very soon.
Stay safe and healty :)



Great! I can't believe how quickly 25 min goes by while watching one of your videos.

Author — Barbara Rivera


Your channel helps to enrich my English, thank you...

Author — muzaffer eyüp


would love to be there ! T shirt weather ! here in DK still cold ( under 10°c) ❤

Author — Ineke Roos


Great to hear your all safe and sound 👍 Looks like you're in a good place.👍🎶
Seperately Chris did I see you in Harry Dylers video launching his boat? If not there's a guy with a làugh exactly like yours somewhere in Cornwall 😅👍
All the best, Happy Sunday. Tim

Author — Tim timinny