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|Alex and Svetlana Marchuk - Patara Prince Spa & Wellness Centre|
|Monday, 05 September 2011|
Occupation / Mesleğiniz
Originally from / Doğum yeriniz
Family / Evlimisiniz ve çocuğunuz varmi
What time do you get up? / Saat kaçta uyanırsınız
What’s for breakfast? / Kahvaltıda ne seversiniz
What time do you start work? / Saat kaçta çalışmaya başlarsiniz
What time do you stop work? / Saat kaçta işiniz biter
How long have you done your current job? / Yaptiğiniz işi ne zamandir yapıyorsunuz
If you know recent history, you will recall that following Gorbochev's Perestroika (literally, 'restructuring'), in the 1980s, the Soviet Union was dissolved in the early 1990s.
This landmark change resulted in more freedom for the people within the old Soviet Union - freedom to travel abroad, for example. The timing was just right for both Alex and Svetlana. Not that they knew each other back then.
First, Svetlana's story. She graduated from Ufa university, having studied history. Her very first job was as a history teacher, but this was only for a brief time. Foreign lands were beckoning. One of Svetlana's friends was working in Kuşadası, and suggested she came out there to work in tourism. So that is what she did, working in hotels, in the summer months, and returning to her home town in winter.
After a few years back in Bashkortostan, Svetlana found a job in Izmir, with a trading company, and then with a travel agency. This is where she met Alex, back in 2000.
Alex left school and went to military university in Lvov. From there he changed direction. He wanted to be a professional dancer and choreographer, so in 1992 he went to an arts and culture academy in Kiev, where he trained for 5 years. Alex formed his own successful dance group, comprising 6 women and 2 men.
Alex had friends working in Turkey, and in 1997 they suggested he should come to work in Bodrum, putting on dance shows. He spent two good years at Halikarnas Disco in Bodrum, before moving on to perform in Kuşadası. Whilst there he went into a travel agency in nearby Izmir, to book a flight back to the Ukraine, to see his family, and that is where he met Svetlana.
Dancing is a very physical profession, and from time to time you pick up the odd injury. Alex, as the manager of the group would have to arrange for physio and massage treatments for members of the group. This cost money, so Alex decided that rather than paying for treatment, he would get training, to become a qualified massage therapist.
In 2002 Alex and Svetlana set up home together in Kuşadası, and they both worked in tourism, in hotels. Alex was still putting on shows, and Svetlana was in charge of guest relations. In 2003 they got married, and in 2005 they had a son, Ilya.
Between 2006 and 2008 Alex and Svetlana decided to change direction slightly - still working in tourism, but in spa and health services. Alex was already qualified, and Svetlana returned to her home city of Ufa to get her own qualification. In 2008 they decided to set up their own business, and they set about searching for a location. After researching many places along the Aegean and Mediterranean coast, they settled on Patara Prince in Kalkan.
What’s the best thing about your job? / Yaptiniz işte en sevdiği şey nedir?
Describe a typical day / Bir gününüzün nasıl geçtini anlatirmisiniz
We open the Spa at 9.00 in the morning and usually, we close at 19.00, so we are working all long day - including Saturday and Sunday. Every customer is different, so every day is different.
We both do similar jobs, but you could say that Alex 'fixes' people, with his massage treatments, and Svetlana has more of a focus on beauty treatments.
In the evening, we like to rest and relax at home, or sometimes we go out to see our friends in Kalkan.
Do the seasons make a difference with your work? If so, how? / Yazın işinizde değişiklik oluyormu? Oluyorsa anlatın?
In November, the Spa closes, and we may leave Kalkan to go visit friends in Izmir, and other places.
Sometimes, we may pick up some part time work. Svetlana is a qualified teacher, and provides foreign language tuition. Alex may get some massage therapy work.
What makes you happy? / Sizi en çok ne mutlu eder?
If you were not doing this job, what else would you like to do? / Şu anki yaptiğiniz işi yapmıyor olsaydiniz ne iş yapmek isterdiniz?
What music do you like to listen to? / Hangi müziği dinlemeyi seviyorsunuz?
If you could meet anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be, and why? / Eğer dünyada yaşayan yada yaşamayan herhangi biriyle tanışmanız mümkün olsaydı onun kim olmasını isterdiniz?
Alex: Being a dancer and choreographer, two people spring to mind - Fred Astair and Michael Jackson. Clearly, quite different individuals, but both great showmen and entertainers.
Tell us something about yourself that not many people know. / Kendinizle ilgili bir çok insanın bilmediği bir şeyi anlatırmısınız
Not only does Alex dance, but he can also sing and he plays the guitar.
Anything else / Başka her hangi bir şey
|Last Updated on Sunday, 04 September 2011|