Family / Evlimisiniz ve çocuğunuz varmi
I am single and the only child of my parents, who are both teachers.
What time do you get up? / Saat kaçta uyanırsınız?
When I was a university student at Atatürk University in Erzurum I used to have to get up at 06.00. Erzurum is in the north east of Turkey and it can be pretty cold at that time in a morning. I had to be up early because my laboratory classes started at 08.00. Now I’m in Kalkan I get up at around 07.00 so I can be at my pharmacy by 08.00. On Sunday I may sleep a little longer if I had a late night on Saturday.
What’s for breakfast? / Kahvaltıda ne seversiniz?
It varies. There is a lot of work at the pharmacy, especially in the morning. Sometimes salads, sometimes Turkish breakfast. Plus at least one coffee or herbal tea but I don’t like Turkish çay.
What time do you start work? / Saat kaçta çalışmaya başlarsiniz?
I start work in my pharmacy at 08.00. Before I start work I sometimes like to prepare for the day by listening to classical music and looking out at the sea view from my home.
What time do you stop work? / Saat kaçta işiniz biter?
Closing time is 20.00 in the summer months. It will probably be a bit earlier out of season.
Tell us something about your background and your working life. / Lütfen biraz bilgi söylermisiniz kendi arka plan yaşamınız ve çalışma hayatınız ile ilgili.
I have only been doing this job for a couple of months but I was born in Kalkan and my childhood was spent in this beautiful seaside town. I have many childhood memories from every street in Kalkan old town and especially by the harbour and on the beach. Just like many of your readers I am a Kalkan lover. I want to live here for the rest of my life. The photo left was taken in Kalamar when Diclehan was about 7 years old.
When I was 14 years old I went to Germany with a cultural exchange programme. I went to Butzbach, a town in the Wetteraukreis district of Hessen, Germany. I also visited Frankfurt and Munich. I tried to go to England for internship and student cultural exchange programmes while I was a student at university but unfortunately it was not possible. I hope that I can travel abroad again in the future to experience different cultures.
From a young age I developed an interest in science and I decided I wanted to work as a pharmacist. I saw it as an interesting job where you could really help people. I would say it is my dream job - it was meant to be. So after high school I went to university to study to become a pharmacist.
My education started at the Eastern Mediterranean University Faculty of Pharmacy in Cyprus, where I studied for two years. This is an international university with people from different countries and cultures, where the course is delivered in English. It was interesting to be in this kind of environment.
I continued my education at Atatürk University in Erzurum for a further three years. As part of the course there were opportunities to do internships which gave me really useful first hand experience of dealing with patients. I returned to Kalkan as soon as I graduated form university and a few months ago I opened my own pharmacy shop in Kalkan.
What’s the best thing about your job? / Yaptiniz işte en sevdiği şey nedir
Knowing that I can help my customers to keep a healthier life. When you hear someone say that the product or medication you have recommended, or the advice you have given has made them well it makes me feel good. The fatigue of the day disappears when you get this kind of feedback form customers.
I love putting on my white lab coat every day. I like the face to face contact with my patients.
Describe a typical day / Bir gününüzün nasıl geçtini anlatir misiniz
After a peaceful start to the day at home, I open the pharmacy every morning with hope and joy at 08.00. So far no two days have been the same. I need to be focussed from the first minute to the last because any mistake could have consequences. Most of my time is spent dealing with customers. It is important to listen carefully and ask the right questions so that you can be sure of the most appropriate solution.
There is a lot to do apart from serving the customers. Because I deal with controlled drugs there are records to be kept. There is also the rest of the general stock which has to be managed and maintained.
Even after I close my shop in the evening I am always happy to help with advice no matter what time of day it is.
In the evenings I sometimes read up on new developments in the word of pharmacology and even some of the so called alternative medicines. I like to keep up to date with these things. I spend some of my evening time on my computer chatting with my university friends. I also use my computer to watch TV series - I like House MD.
I enjoy relaxing at home with my family and friends. We are fortunate to live close to the old town so we can sit on our roof terrace and look out across the mesmerising bay or sometimes I will go into town with my friends.
Do the seasons make a difference with your work? If so, how? / Yazın işinizde değişiklik oluyormu? Oluyorsa anlatın?
My business is new so we will see what happens but I expect it may not be quite so busy outside the main tourist season. I don’t expect to sell as much sun cream out of the main tourist season, although the sun can still be strong in the winter so you still need sun cream! Perhaps I will close the shop a little earlier in the winter months and have more time for myself. I like the contrasts of summer and winter: in summer the town is buzzing with people from all over the world and in winter when it is more quiet and peaceful we get more time to take in and enjoy the beauty of this part of the Turquoise Coast.
What makes you happy? / Sizi en çok ne mutlu eder?
Far too many things to list really. Learning new things, meeting new people, learning about different cultures, traveling to other countries. I am always happy.
If you were not doing this job, what else would you like to do? / Şu anki yaptiğiniz işi yapmıyor olsaydiniz ne iş yapmek isterdiniz?
I love my new job but if I have to choose another maybe I would like to be an academic at university in the pharmacology or pharmacognosy department. The human race has to keep discovering new and improved medicines.
[Editor: I had to look up “pharmacognosy”].
What music do you like to listen to? / Hangi müziği dinlemeyi seviyorsunuz
It varies. I love rock music sometimes from Duman, Şebnem Ferah, Teoman or Rammstein. I also love classical music in calm times from Mozart, to Çaykovski. One of my current favourites is Yann Tiersen’s La Valse d’Amelie.
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?
There are two people I would like to have met. Firstly Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. Secondly I would have to say Lady Diana with all her mysteries.
Tell us something about yourself that not many people know. / Kendinizle ilgili bir çok insanın bilmediği bir şeyi anlatırmısınız?
There is an interesting story regarding how my parents chose my name, Diclehan. They met at university where they were in the same class. It was Dicle University in Diyarbakır. Dicle is the Turkish name given to the river Tigris, one of the two great rivers from ancient Mesopatamia, the other being the Euphrates (Fırat in Turkish). In Ottoman history rulers carried titles such as "Sultan" and "Han”. So this is where my name Diclehan comes from.
Anything else / Başka her hangi birşey
I feel blessed to live in Kalkan. On the one hand we have the azure sea, sun and nature. On the other hand we have a vibrant town that is open to the world and so many people love to come here, especially British people. This creates a great cultural interaction. As a result the people of Kalkan are very tolerant, loving and peaceful.