More Turkey Anyone?
Trip Start Nov 29, 2001
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I can't believe the last time I wrote was before Turkey! Well I know I've seen some of you since then, but heaps has happened since May!
Turkey was absolutely fab, I loved just lazing on the beach, going out in Ahmet's boat, clubbing at night, getting up and going back to bed whenever i wanted too, and eating my heart out! the food is so gorgeous and soooooo cheap! I didn't go anywhere in Turkey but the beach and bar street. One day I will go back and travel around, because it was definitely the people that made Turkey. And it's such an interesting mix of cultures I really want to see the rest of the country. Perhaps when the terrorism dies down a bit? though there was no worry of that on the coast - the season was a little quiet apparently, but it made for some cheap holidaying for me!
I went both times with my work mate Theresa and we both ended up meeting a couple of guys we spend a lot of time with. We loved it so much we decided to return in September, keeping it a bit more low key though, less clubbing and more quality time with Ahmet.
But as always, heaps of laughs with the guys at the hotel bar, they're just wicked, a laugh a minute. No sexy questions this time though! I had bald Adnan happy that I brought my stereo with me so he could use it to woo his Dutch girl every night, Kan was touched that I brought him a bottle of rye which he saved for his wedding in October, and Jimmy trying to "make jealous" because apparently he was still in love with me from my first visit.
Jimmy is the one in the red shirt talking on the phone, on the left in the shades is Ali Baba who "DJ'd" all day and night. In the checked shirt is Memet who would cook me anything I wanted - I even could go into the kitchen to sort out EXACTLY what it was, cause certain things like bacon and sausages just aren't like the food we know!
This is my goodbye kiss from Kan, the very sweet and funny barman. Theresa and I actually spent a lot of time with these guys - whenever we were hot from the beach or needed a bite to eat we'd go up to the bar (which was part of our hotel the second trip) and chat and laugh with them for hours! We saw them at their craziest when they were having what Theresa and I call "a turkish moment" where they might freak out about nothing at all or do a crazy little dance, but we also had some nice serious chats with them. I think we learned a lot about the culture, especially the conflicting culture of those who come from traditional villages and families to work the beaches and bars during the holiday seasons, encountering so much western culture and debauchery! It's a crazy and hard life for them, but they have so much fun too you can't help but envy them in a way.
Ahmet works in a parasailing boat and its so sweet how all the guys at the water sports station look after me and would do anything for me!
My "brothers" Memet and Ali (in the centre) took care of me on the beach when Ahmet was out working and Memet even saved me from some leary guys in a bar one night. Nevermind that he's about 4feet tall (the one in the back of the picture). Poor bloke makes so little money he sleeps on the beach at night and goes clubbing every second night. Ali is popular with the ladies but still longs for his Australian fiancee who broke up with him 4 years ago.
Bayram, the professional photographer on the boat was particularly funny. Ahmet told him I speak a bit of Turkish and poor Bayram actually tried talking to me in Turkish! Thank God his english was better than my Turkish!
The Turks really don't like the Russian tourists, and whenever we got a boat full of Russians Bayram would shuffle them about constantly on the pretense that he needed to keep the boat balanced. And some of the things he said to them! good thing they didn't know any english!
Then just a couple weeks after my return in september, on the spur of the moment I bought a ticket to Ottawa and saw family for thanksgiving! I've never met my cousins Eliane and Louis, and it was such a wonderful time!
I started by surprising my grandparents who just happened to be there to help out with the kids. Then I basically spent the rest of the week playing with Eliane, kissing Louis and petting the dogs (well, mostly Bou, I don't think mouse took to me much!).
Bou is the black one who gave me lots of breath. Mouse would pee if I pet her first thing in the morning and between the fish breath and jealousy fits I can't say we bonded too too much!
And there was fun adult time too shopping with Val and eating sushi and beavertails with JP. a really nice week, and a much needed break as going back to work after Turkey was really painful!
Since then I've really just been working and sort of trying to save for Christmas. In August Gary took me to see Swan Lake at the Royal Opera house, which was absolutely amazing, the most gorgeous venue I've ever seen. And I've done a few other things around London like Christmas shopping in the funky markets of Camden, visiting sharks and petting rays in the London aquarium, and getting everyone into the North American spirit by making them dress up and taking them out for Halloween (its really not traditionally that fun or celebrated here - we had 2 people come to our house and it's on a main road!)
Everything above I wrote months ago, and have finally downloaded the pictures now that I'm home in Calgary for the Christmas holidays. If anyone wants a chat or has anything fun on that I could join in my phone number is still 257-7091 or you can email me at email@example.com. Would love to catch up with people, especially if it involves eating steak, wings, nachos, sushi or a cheese steak sandwich!
Lots of love and best wishes for the Christmas season,