As you can see it has been some time since I have blogged. I have taken a break from me. Janeyinmersin has had to take a back seat for the moment with real life taking over.
The Turk remains in Sydney and is still quite sick. Last week he took another turn and ended up back in hospital. He is feeling a lot better now – thankfully – but there have been a few sleepless nights in the past week with calls from the hospital and from friends.
I am still fluffing around waiting on either my Residence Visa (applied for in August) or my kimlik (applied for last December!). After trips to both the Emniyet and Nufus it seems that my visa is still “processing” and my kimlik needs The Turk’s signature on something – so that’s now put off until his doctor gives him the all clear to fly.
My days have been full as well with Kurban Bayram meaning we have had a full social calendar for the past 10 days (yes Kurban Bayram may not last that long but this family do not want to stop the party). Other than a sneaky expat night out my days has been full and my nights even fuller. I have said it before and I will say it again – “their ain’t no party like a Turkish party ‘cause a Turkish party don’t stop!”
Back to the blog though.
Mersin really does shine during October. Tarsus Mountains now has a light smattering of snow on their peaks and yet the days are still hot here on the plains and the sun is still shining brightly. Late in the afternoon Mother Nature likes to throw a little crazy at us and we are hit with some magnificent storms that blow in from the sea and dump a massive amount of badly needed rain on the village. As happy as the farmers are here in the village, I do not love the downpours quite as much. Why? Well firstly we lose our electricity for days on end but also due to the ridiculously bad construction of our home when the heaven’s open I find myself spending hours – literally hours – sweeping, mopping, squeegeeing, sponging and scooping the excessive rain water that as accumulated on my roof terrace towards the measly drains at each end. I just want to add that we are not talking about a smidge of water either, we are talking about water you could bath in (well it is above my ankles in places).
I don’t really mind, I have got to be burning off some calories as I collect my rainwater and I get up there with my i-pod blasting my playlist aptly called “Sweep and Sing”.
So what is in my “Sweep and Sing” playlist. MC Hammer told me that “You can’t touch this”, Bonnie Tyler told me to “Hold out for a Hero” and there is even some Scandal in there “The Warrior”. I’m not some old codger either as thanks to Daughter there is a bit of Iggy Azalea telling me to “work, work, work, work, working on my shitz”. I had a good old laugh the other day as I was up there blasting out my usual Karaoke tune “Like a Prayer” I did not notice my neighbours sitting on their balcony enjoying the show. They called for an encore so I found myself singing a bit of “Thriller” which included the dance moves to finish off my show. To show their appreciation my neighbour’s wife brought me a plate of hummus and home-made chilli paste.
I promise my blog posts will be a little more regular over the coming weeks. Life has returned to some form of Turkish normalcy and I am back to my over-opinionated, now brunette self. For proof of life I can usually be found sitting on my terrace enjoying the late afternoon rays and a glass of red.
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