I have been AWOL the last week or so. There is no particular reason, I have just been busy with life and better to be busy than bored I think.
There has been a lot going on both in Mersin itself and with my life.
In Mersin local elections took place on 30 March and they were hotly contested. CHP won in the Village but Mersin itself was won by MHP. It seems, however, that there was one box of votes that were not counted and the shit royally hit the fan yesterday with CHP believing that they in fact should have won. There were protests and some localised rioting (The Turk wouldn’t let me out of the house) and a recount of the votes was to take place today. My sister in law is in the Council and a member of CHP so she is hopeful that the count will reinstate her and her and her party CHP to power. Incidentally Erdogan’s AK Party pretty much cleaned up in most other areas and in fact increased its share throughout the country. I am surprised at the increase in popularity taking into consideration the corruption scandals that were dogging him over the past few months along with the recent passing of Berkin Elvan in Istanbul. No official results have yet been announced, but the tally published by Turkish media put the AK Party on around 44% of the nationwide vote to 26-28% for CHP.
Personally The Turk’s aunt passed away last Saturday. She was my mother-in-law’s older sister and another example of just how wonderful and kind Turkish women can be. I have also been to a wedding (which had a yikes factor of 7), took Daughter to the dentist (which had a yikes factor of 10 and a never again) and took myself off to the hairdresser which took 4 hours and two attempts before I finally walked out of the salon. No I am not satisfied – I am blonde. Well blonde-ish anyway. The trip to the hairdresser had a yikes factor of 6 but I’m upping it to an 8 because I am still not happy. Funnily enough, my sisters in law all love it and asked me why I didnt go blonder!!??
All in all a very busy week and leaving me little time to sit down and reflect on my thoughts.
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