NEW CASTLE —
Ada Maria is considered a Turkish national, but Relic will seek dual citizenship for her in the United States within the next few months.
He said he likely will remain in Turkey for the long term, as he continues to learn the language and the way of the Turkish people.
“People are very friendly and have welcomed me,” he said. “But we buy a lot of our fruits and vegetables at the farmers market and for the longest time, Raina insisted on going with me, because they will take advantage of a foreigner in a heartbeat. I came home with a watermelon when she was unable to get around in the last days of her pregnancy and she asked what I paid. I thought I did really well and told her I paid five Turkish lira, which is about $2.50. She said I got ripped off, that I shouldn’t have paid more than 50 cents or a dollar.
“I still have a lot to learn,” Relic added with a laugh. “But I’ll get it eventually. My life may not be conventional, but I’m happy, I have everything I want. How many people can really say that?”