Tuesday, May 17, 2022

New & fresh online magazine is now available!


 

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another exciting edition of our online magazine.


Here at 2Base we have had a very busy year. The restrictions and interruptions of travel and vacation are finally over and we see that all of you have missed your vacations in Alanya.


It is so good to finally have you all back :-)


The real estate market in the entire region is soaring and after Istanbul, Antalya was the place with the most sales in Turkey.

This does not surprise us, after all our region is the perfect place for a holiday home with nature at its best, friendly people, sunny weather and crystal clear water.


For the past year we have gained many new customers and became friends with all of them. Our goal is always to be as helpful as possible before, during and after the sale.


Apart from that we have also expanded our office and new colleagues have joined our team.


Finally the current situation in the world has saddened us and we take a firm stand against any kind of violence, war and aggression.


We feel extremely sorry for everyone who is affected by this situation and our best wishes are with you.


As the founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, said:


"Peace at Home Peace in the World!"


I wish all of you good reading.


Ozan Demir

Editör

Monday, April 4, 2022

A quick hello from 2Base!



A few minor updates have recently been made to our website.

Many of them are not directly visible since they have to do with what goes on behind the scenes of the website, so to speak.


Luckily there are also a few changes that can be seen :-)


Among other things it is now possible to see only the units that have a video presentation. 

This is done by selecting "Properties with video" or "Complexes with video" in the main menu under "Search property".


Also our "About Us" page containing information about our history as 2Base and who we are has been updated.

Among other things, we have been searching our photo archive and found some nice, old photos.

So check out the updates and the photos starting from way back when our company was first founded.


With the situation in Ukraine in mind, we have also chosen to include a small text about our position on recent events.


It goes like this:


"In our company you will find people with a variety of backgrounds, nationalities, education, culture and beliefs.  

Together we act as a strong unit where we accept and support each other both at work and privately.


At 2Base we wish for and support a society and a world where differences and diversities thrive and where disagreements are solved via dialogue and understanding.

In short a future world where aggressivity, violence and threatful behavior is not accepted.


We therefor loud and clear say "no to war", violent behaviour, aggressivity and all other forms of destructive behaviour."


We have also started creating the next issue of our online magazine, which we hope will hit a computer screen near you by the end of April.


Finally, we would like to remind you that it is a really good idea to follow us on social media like Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.


So go ahead, visit our updated "About Us" page, see the funny pictures from the old days and  take the opportunity to jump on to our social channels.


Many greetings from 2Base.


Sunday, February 13, 2022

A new rule has seen the light of day!

A new rule regarding the purchase of real estate in Turkey has seen the light of day.


The rule means that buyer when applying for the title deed transfer must enclose a so-called “exchange certificate”, which documents that the public evaluation value of the property has been exchanged from foreign currency into Turkish lira.


The certificate is issued by the Turkish banks and must be handed in at the local land registry office along with all other required documents related to the transfer of the title deed.


In practical terms, this means that the buyer of a property in a Turkish bank account must exchange the registration value from foreign currency - typically Euro or Dollar - to Turkish lira.

The bank then issues the exchange certificate which is then submitted along with all other documents.


There are still some ambiguities about this process, but below we will explain the two most common scenarios for you as a buyer.


Likewise, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions.


In the examples we will be using a property with a public evaluation TRL 750,000, corresponding to around 50,000 Euros.


- You have a Turkish bank account

Here you can send 50,000 Euros to your Turkish bank account, exchange for Turkish lira and get the certificate issued.

If the property must be paid in Euro, you can exchange back to Euro after the exchange certificate has been issued.


- You have no Turkish bank account

In that case a representative can do the exchange on your behalf. If you have given a 3rd party such as your real estate agent a power of attorney to be able to complete the transaction on your behalf, he or she can also complete the exchange.

In that case, you will send 50,000 Euros to your representative / broker who will complete the exchange and have the certificate issued on your behalf.


How much does this bill of exchange cost?

Once the exchange has taken place, the bank issues the certificate free of charge. In most cases, it will be necessary to exchange the Turkish lira back to Euro, as payment of the property usually takes place in Euro. 

Here there will be a loss due to different exchange rates on selling and buying foreign currency as well as a government exchange fee of 0.2 percent of the total sum.

Please note that the 0.2% government exchange fee is paid only when exchanging from Turkish lira to Euro, not when exchanging from Euro to Turkish lira.


Why has this exchange certificate been introduced?

Without drawing undocumented conclusions, it is clear to everyone that this is part of a series of measures taken by the Turkish government across all sectors in an attempt to strengthen the weak Turkish lira.


How long have you known about the introduction of this certificate?

This new regulation was introduced without prior notice on Monday 24th of January. Even the land registry office in Alanya knew nothing, and for several days it was not possible to apply for deeds, just as all ongoing title deed transaction processes were terminated.


Who does this new regulation apply to?

Currently only when a buyer is of foreign (none-Turkish) nationality the exchange certificate must be submitted.


I am thinking of investing in a holiday home in Alanya, how does this affect me?

The exchange certificate is just one of several required documents when buying a holiday home in Alanya.

At 2Base Estate Agency we are assist all of our buyers in completing the title deed transaction process from A to Z, and the exchange certificate will be issued with help from us in line with all other required documents and certificates required when purchasing a property in Turkey.


I'm in the process of buying a property in Turkey, what should I do?

There are many ongoing trades that have been affected by this new rule, and we are already in dialogue with our buyers and sellers about this.

In some cases, the buyer will already have a bank account in Turkey, and we can arrange an exchange via this account.

In other cases, we as the buyer's representative, will be able to carry out an exchange and thus have the certificate issued.


Like everyone else in the industry, we are annoyed that no notice was given before the introduction of this new requirement. 


However, we are used to and very experienced in solving small bumps along the way so that our sellers can have their home sold, and the buyer can take over their new holiday home to the benefit of themselves and their loved ones.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Hello from the year of 2022

A new year has gotten off to a good start and times flies all by itself.


The year has started just as busy as it ended.


Those who thought that the time around the month of Christmas and new year would be calm with time to eat cookies, relax and tie up loose ends where mistaken.


So yes, we were mistaken...


We thought that December would be the perfect month to do a smaller renovation of our office. As mentioned, it turned out not to be correct, and what was supposed to be 10 days of working from home while the office would be closed, turned out to be two weeks with customers in the messy of construction work.


In the end everything worked out just fine and customers, partners and our proficient staff all understood the situation.

Especially a big "thank you" goes out to the latter, who always do their absolute best and solve any issue that they encounter.


The reason we started a renovation at our office is working space. We are extending our team and that requires space for additional work stations.


So next time you pass by for a cup of coffee you will probably see some new faces. And all of the old ones are of course still here.


The coffee is also the same, so everything is more and less as it has always been.



Today it is raining cats and dogs and "sunny Alanya" is not available. But rain can also be cosy and has never hurt anyone.


We really look forward to seeing you all at some point this year. Several of you has not visited Alanya for several year and we hope that 2022 will provide you with an opportunity to visit, enjoy your holiday home, enjoy Alanya and pass by our office to say hello.


Traveling as things are today often leads to a lot of questions. We are reachable in a numerous ways and are happy to answer any question you might have.


Finally I would like to take the opportunity to thank the team of colleagues here at 2Base.


Neither the notary, banks, land registry office, tax office and other local authorities are easy to work and collaborate with.


And the same sometimes goes for our customers.


So a big praise goes out to my colleagues and there ability to handle this and they way they are constructive and always seek solutions is absolutely amazing.


With that - thank you for reading.


Bo Thygesen
2Base Estate Agency









 






  


Monday, November 1, 2021

The busy times are back!



Last couple of month have been very busy. We have actually had so much to do, that a college recently look at me and said ...


"I can no longer do this".


I was said with a smile on his face and of course could sell yet another property.


We have had days where the phones have been ringing constantly, where we did not have sufficient cars for driving customers and where emails where answered after dinner time.


We still feel the busyness and are grateful or the interest what we feel from new buyers, sellers and existing customer that again are coming to Alanya to enjoy the weather, beautiful nature and good food.


Customers from countries such as Germany, Turkey, Denmark, Russia, Finland, Austria, Ukraine, Holland and United Kingdom have bought property.


That also means a lot of happy sellers, of which the majority is actually sad that they have to sell their holiday home in Alanya.

Unfortunately circumstances such as economy, family and health are not always within our control.


So our message to all of you are ....


Do you consider to buy or sell a holiday home in Alanya then do not be afraid to let us know.


There is again so many things going on in Alanya, new and exiting properies are being included in our portfolio and generally the interest for property in Alanya and Turkey is on the rise. 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Updated guide for 2021: Discover new places in Alanya




After many, many month that somehow turned into years Alanya is now slowly getting back to normal.

Flights are commencing, beaches are again crowded and restaurants are open.

It is so nice to see some activity again in Alanya. 

Also in our office activities are picking up and we get daily visits from both new and existing customers.


Our goal is to make everybody's stay in Alanya as pleasant and nice as possible. 

So couple of years ago we made a magazine with a guide to our best recommendations for places to eat and hang out.

We called it "Recommended by 2Base" and the idea behind was quite simple.


Everyone from 2Base would gather to make a list of their favorite places. 
No matter the size, location or style. 

Only criteria was that it should be a place that at least one person from our 2Base team would recommend and use themselves.


We just updated the magazine with our latest recommendations. 

Some places have been removed and some new places found its way into the magazine.

Click the picture above or this link to access the magazine.

We wish you the best luck in trying out new things.

Have fun and enjoy!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

!!! Updated, 25th of April 2021 !!! Is it possible and allowed travelling to Alanya?


Update, 25th of April 2021

The flight ban imposed by Turkey has now been lifted and airlines have re-started routes between Turkey and the UK.
In that regard the information below is once again relevant.

The situation in Turkey is that the number of positive test have been steadily increasing and there are around 50.000 daily positive cases.

Also worth noting is that only around 300.000 tests are conducted on a daily basis.

This means that testing is only done when symptoms are present and there is no larger random test network implemented for testing at work places, educational institutions or similar.

The situation in Turkey is serious but not out of control. 
The capacity at hospitals are not under too much pressure since the current variant of covid-19 in Turkey causes less severe cases than the previous variants.

Almost 10 percent of the Turkish population have been vaccinated and another 5 percent have received the first injection.

So it is safe to travel to Alanya or is it better to wait? 
In our opinion the answer is the same as before.

Our best recommendation is to take a look at the information below and then make your decision based on your own individual situation.

The latest official figures can be accessed here (In English).

Kind regards
2Base Estate Agency, 25th of April 2021


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The story of covid-19 has now entered a new phase.

Where back in the spring time most countries implemented strick lock downs and the infection rates fell rapidly, most countries are now opening up again even though the infection rates are rising.

We started travel the world again and airlines are opening up more routes across the globe.

However, infection rates seem to be heading in the wrong direction.

It is, of course, a challenging situation and we can rightly ask and ourselves where we go from here...

Here at 2Base we get a lot of questions revolving around topics like "Can I and am I allowed travelling to Alanya".

This we will take a closer look to... 

Can I travel to Turkey and Alanya?

Yes you can. 

There are now a lot of airlines that fly to and from Turkey, and even at ticket prices that are very low.

Use a search engine such as Momondo or flightscanner or visit the websites of airlines such as Turkish Airlines or perhaps best of all Pegasus Airlines.


Is it safe to fly?

During the pandemic, we have been flying several times, both domestically in Turkey and to European airports.

All airlines regularly disinfect the aircraft and the air during the flight is cleaned with so-called HEPA filters.

Likewise, our experience is that the stay at the airport and the plane is safe, and social distancing rules are kept and face masks are used pretty much everywhere.


Is it safe to stay in Alanya?

In Alanya, the situation is significantly better than in the larger cities such as Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul.

Overall, the infection patterns in Turkey are very similar to the Europeans, where the infection is most widespread in densely populated areas.

Similarly, the infection here in Turkey has also increased among the younger part of the population, just as the infection often occurs at social events such as weddings and parties.


So what is the conclusion, is it safe to fly to Turkey and use your holiday home?

Yes and no. It all depends on yourself.

If you keep rules of social distancing, avoid places with many people and ensure high personal hygiene, then the chance of being infected in Turkey is probably no greater than where you are now.

But surely, if you invite all of your Turkish friends to a party, use public transportation to get around and cheek kisses your caretaker every time you see him, then the risk of getting infected is big.


In our experience the pitfalls in Alanya can be:

- Popular restaurants: We currently see that some restaurants are quite full. Likewise, several of Alanya's beer bars are open again. These places should be avoided.

- Do not use public transportation.

- Use private transfer from the airport.

- Keep in mind that alcohol often negatively impacts your judgment. If you need to drink more than one beer, do it in your holiday home.

- Try to shop when others do not and avoid stores with many customers.

- Avoid the local markets since they are often crowded.

- Politely turn down invitations to weddings, birthdays and other social events.

- Avoid visiting public offices or the bank unless it is absolutely necessary.

- Avoid paying with cash

- Sanitize your hands every time you have touched cash money, entered your card PIN or others have touched your payment card.

- Be even more careful than at home


Can I be tested for covid-19 in Alanya?

Yes you can. 

The easiest thing for most will probably be one of the private test centers at the private hospitals. 

The price to be tested is currently 250 TRL and the results are given next day.

We do not recommend using the test center at Antalya Airport, since the logistics around this test center is poor.

Close to our office Baskent Hospital has a test center which works fine.


What are the rules related to quarantine?

In Turkey, there are different rules on quarantine, but these do not apply to tourists. 

Therefore, they are not relevant for those that travel to Alanya as a tourist.
However, the rules can change quickly, so it's a good idea to stay up to date.

This also applies to the rules that the National Board of Health in your home country has set out.

Finally you should also be aware of what rules your workplace has.


Does my insurance cover if I get infected?

This differs from insurance to insurance, but many insurances will not cover.

Here, however, it is possible to purchase a cheap insurance from a Turkish insurance company, so that a possible hospitalization in Turkey due to covid-19 will be covered.

Finally, for the sake of good order, please remember that we are neither health experts nor speak on behalf of the National Board of Health or other public authorities.
We are simply speaking from our own experience and personal knowledge.

We encourage everyone to act based on your own personal situation.
If in doubt, think twice. If you are still in doubt, then don't.

Remember to take care of yourself and think about your own and others' health.

Links related to covid-19 in Turkey:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_in_Turkey
https://covid19.tubitak.gov.tr/turkiyede-durum

Thursday, April 22, 2021

You can start packing your suitcase - flights are back!

 


Good news for everyone living in Great Britain and Denmark.

With immediate effect the ban on flights from Great Britain and Denmark has been lifted and airlines are now resuming flights the two countries and Turkey.


Furthermore there will be no requirements for quarantine upon arrival to Turkey just as tourists are exempt from the weekend lockdowns that are currently in place across Turkey.

A negative PCR test from the last 72 hours is still needed and is required for all, even those that has been vaccinated.

Also an online arrival form needs to be filled which can be done via this link: https://register.health.gov.tr/

In case you need a travel insurance that is also covering Covid-19 then these are available here in Turkey and we are happy to assist you in this regards.

We hope to see some of you soon here in Alanya and you are more than welcome to visit out office for a cup of coffee.


Just remember that keeping social distance, wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently are still very important.

Stay safe and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Get ready to read our newest online magazine!


The 6th edition of our online magazine is now and just waiting for you. 

Just click on the picture above and it will be right there...

As always we collect the best stories from our social channels and spice them up with the best properties, beautiful pictures and lots more.

This issue of our magazine is a rather comprehensive one, because all this corona-disruption totally made is forget to publish a magazine during 2020.


But here we are now, with one big, fat issue covering all of 2020.

Enjoy reading and hopefully we will soon see you all here in Alanya. 

We miss you and we know that you miss us too :-)


Stay safe & take care.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Delicious Turkish meatballs served with eggplant mash



Do you miss Turkey and Alanya when you are not here? 
Well, then we understand how you feel.

Especially the Turkish cuisine is worth traveling for, and many rightly believe that it is among the best in the world.
 
We have received a recipe from the website www.webopskrifter.dk on how to make some delicious Turkish meatballs, in Turkey called "köfte".
 
We took the recipe to En Vie Beach restaurant where it was used to create the dish "Balkan köfte", which consist of the Turkish meatballs and a mash made on eggplant.
 
So go ahead and try it out for yourself. Below are both recipes as well as a small video made.
 
Enjoy your meal!
 
Turkish meatballs // www.webopskrifter.dk
--- Ingredients, approx. 16 pcs. ---
1 kg of minced beef
2.5 teaspoons salt
2 red onions
1 fresh chili
1 handful of fresh mint
2 handfuls of fresh broad-leaved parsley
4 cloves garlic
2.5 tbsp peppers
1 tbsp oregano
2.5 tablespoons cumin
Pepper
Oil and butter for frying
 
For serving:
Natural yogurt
Pomegranate
Fresh broad-leaved parsley
 
Put the minced beef in a bowl and add salt.
 
Chop red onion, chili, mint and parsley and add it to the minced beef. 
Add garlic, pepper, oregano and cumin. 

Now form the meatballs and fry them over medium heat in a mixture of butter and oil until well done.
 
Serve the Turkish meatballs with natural yoghurt, and garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and parsley.
 

Pureed Eggplant // En Vie Beach Restaurant
--- Ingredients, 2-3 people ---
40 grams of butter
40 grams of flour
300 ml of milk
3 grilled eggplants
Mozzarella cheese
Salt
Pepper
Nutmeg
 
Melt the butter and add flour. Then add milk and make a bechamel sauce. Salt, pepper and nutmeg are added after this.
Peel the grilled eggplant, add the mozzarella together and heat it so that the cheese melts.



Watch our video about "Balkon köfte" + more pictures











Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Happy New Year from 2Base with new Alanya video



Dear all,
In just a couple of days 2020 is coming to an end. 

No matter how we look at 2020, it has been a year to remember and we all know why.


Most of us probably wish for a different 2021 with less disruption and more stability.

However, hopefully a difficult year also brought some good things along, created new opportunities and made us see things in a different perspective.

Here at 2Base we ended up with more "good" than "bad" and we can surely be happy and proud with that.

Our team proved strong, reliable and ready to take on the challenges that we faced in a professional and intelligent way.


One thing we could not change was the lack of visits from our customers. 
We miss you all and hope that 2021 again will be bring back the times were you all will come to our office for a chat and a cup of coffee.

We know that you all miss Alanya very much, so we have put together a small video with all the best highlights from in and around Alanya.

Click to watch and enjoy the video and hopefully you can soon start to plan your next trip.


Happy new year from all of us at 2Base in Alanya.





Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Properties with garden access are getting popular!





 We have made a minor but still handy update to our web site.
 

It is now possible to see all the properties that have direct access to a garden area.

 
This can either be ground floor apartments in a single level or duplex apartments where the lower floor has direct access to a garden.
 

So let us take a look at who can benefit from having direct access to garden.

- Families with kids -
A garden apartment gives the kids a greater space for playing and moving while the parents are still able to sit close by and keep an eye on what is going on.
 

- Pet owners -
With a pet in the household the easy access to a garden area makes life a whole lot easier for both the pet and the owner.
 

- BBQ lovers -
Throwing a BBQ party in the garden is always much better than on the balcony. And with easy access from the garden to both kitchen and toilet your guests and yourself will enjoy your homemade burgers and steaks even more.
 

- Garden lovers -
Some people just love flowers and grass more than others. If you are a garden lover then having access to some green space is a must.
 

- Those who prefer to stay close to the ground -
Not everyone is dreaming of climbing the Eiffel tower or parachute (yes, I am talking of you mum).
Some just like to stay grounded and then a garden apartment comes in quite handy.
 
 

There are a few important things to know when looking for a property with access to a garden area.

 
First, please note that the information in this blog does not relate to villas, but only garden apartments and garden duplex inside a building complex.
 
Secondly, the garden area in front of the property can as a rule not be considered as private area.
Instead it belongs to the common area of the complex.

Also there will not be any mention of the garden area in your title deed.
 

But in reality probably no one other than your self will access this area so in daily life the garden will feel like your own.

 
Garden properties are getting more and more popular so start your search by visiting our selection of properties with access to garden by clicking this link.





Monday, July 13, 2020

Alanya Summer News for July


Dear readers,

Time for another update from in and around Alanya. A lot has happened since our last blog post and we are delighted to say that things are definitely moving in a more positive direction.

Most importantly Turkey has started to open borders to other countries and from Antalya Airport. 


We now have flights coming in from places like Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Czech, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Kazakhstan and Poland.

Every week a few new destinations are added so this is excellent news.

No international routes have yet opened from our local Gazipasa airport, only domestic flights are available so far.

But we are hopeful that also international flights are soon to find on the arrival board in Gazipasa Airport.

With planes in the air and open borders safety is of course critical. 

So in every airport a Covid-19 test center is being operated by the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Everyone can have a test done for 15 Euro and all passengers showing signs of illness are all tested before being allowed into the country.



In case you are looking to fly to Turkey then try these airlines:

https://www.sunexpress.com/en/

https://www.turkishairlines.com/

https://www.flypgs.com/en

Generally speaking the Covid-19 situation in Turkey is quite good. However, there are still some hot spots mainly in the bigger cities.

Every day around 50.000 people are tested and around 1000 of these tests are positive.Totally Turkey has made more than 3,7 million tests.

So with common effort and attention of social distancing and hygiene we can beat this virus.

In Alanya and the areas around us we generally have very, very few positive cases and generally everyone is taking care and keeping social distancing.

So even Covid-19 is still the main topic of conversation for most people, it is not something that has a big impact on our day to day life.

Alanya has started to open hotels too. Mostly now there are Turkish tourists having their holidays. Hotels personnel has been trained how to work with Covid-19, how to offer food, how to clean rooms etc.

Read more about this here: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/turkish-hotels-get-ready-for-tourism-season-amid-virus/1841915

If there is cold in hour home country, I can guarantee, it is not here:).

Now we are slowly going towards 40 degree, and humidity is hovering between 70-90 percent. So we are living inside "badly heated Sauna" as our Finnish colleges are calling it.

The current  sea temperature is almost 29 degrees in Alanya. Want to come and enjoy beach life? 

For detailed information on the weather and sea temperatures take a look at this page:

https://www.mgm.gov.tr/tahmin/il-ve-ilceler.aspx?il=Antalya&ilce=Alanya

Here at 2Base we are of course monitoring the situation closely. After a period with working from home we are now back at at office on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

You are welcome to visit but we would appreciate if you could make an appointment before coming.

And with that - thank you for reading and have a great day! 




Friday, May 15, 2020

Month of May - Good news to report


Good morning from Good News of 2Base :-)

We try to give you the latest news from Alanya and Turkey. 

We have been lucky in Alanya since for more than 3 weeks now there has not been any confirmed cases of Covid-19. here. 

Obviously we should still be careful, but we can now see that all actions taken have worked really fine. 


We used to have weekend curfews, but these are not lifted for the entire Antalya region. 
In several other regions of Turkey there are still curfews. 

Last weekend also elderly over 65 and youngers under 20 years of age was allowed outside for a walk and fresh air. 
So looking good for them too. 

Shopping malls, smaller shops, hairdressers and beauty salons started to open too. Sure there must use mask and follow strict guidelines but slowly slowly things are getting back to something that we can call normal life.

Turkey has started "Phone Diplomacy" with 70 countries to talk about how tourism from those countries can start to come Turkey. 

The plan is to test test everyone upon arrival to Turkey. The exact plans are still on the drawing board, but it seems positive.
Gasipasa air port is among one of the first airports to be opened for foreign arrivals, so we are hoping to see first international arrivals in June. 

Turkey is also implementing "Healthy tourism standards" which are guidelines and rules for all everyone working within tourism. 

Then to news what you all has waited for.

This weekend we will have Sauna temperatures here and Saturday and Sunday there will 37 degrees :). 

We are still waiting for beaches to open but hopefully they are opening end of the month of ramadan because we miss sun bathing and swimming as much as you too. 


We are very proud of how Turkey has been taking care of this corona crisis and how Turkey has been helped other countries by sending them aids against Corona. 

So soon we will see you again, different countries are starting flights in different time, but we are waiting you all back and bring your friends too:). 
Have a wonderful May 2020 !