I love being a resident of Izmir and living in Izmir. As a big city it has cultural events and festivals, a great Symphony and shopping. I enjoy walking and biking along the Aegean Sea,the beautiful climate, taking a ferry to across the bay, experiencing the slow, warm, easy approach to life and the blend of the modern and the historical in the millennia old city. With picturesque beaches, and natural areas and ancient sites within an hour, the outlying region offers a lot of opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Izmir's location has been perfect for me to travel all over Europe, even flying to Munich for a Saturday night concert. People are proud of the spirit of openness, the history, and lifestyle of Izmir, and I am too.