I always refer to Türkiye as a woman. Türkiye is strong. She can be a little temperamental at times and has even been known to chuck a wobbly every now and then but usually things return to normal. I mean it’s normal for relationships to have their ups and downs and yes I am aware that in psychology circles I would be called an Enabler. Oh and upfront this is not a political post. I will not make any comments in relation to that ridiculous Referendum and its outcome. Oops. Sorry.
Back to my story.
Yes Türkiye can be a little tempermental but usually I forgive and forget – but not this time. What started as a day became a week and seriously seems to be moving into a month and everything here in the Village, in Mersin and even in Türkiye, is pissing me the hell off. I held out as long as I could but enough is enough and finally, she broke me. Türkiye broke me.
And even as I write this I know I am being a pouting princess and I know how lucky I am living in this beautiful country, but honestly shit should get easier, you know!
Alright let’s rewind and I will vent and then maybe, just maybe, I can move on from her most recent transgression.
It all started last Wednesday. It was a normal Wednesday. The Turk and I had kahvaltı on the terrace while below us Dede was screaming at the passerby (yes this is normal for us). I mentioned to The Turk that we had no internet and no telephone – again. “Sorun değil aşkım” was his reply and he rang TTnet to arrange for a service. I pointed out that I think we needed an electrician but, of course, The Turk knew better (and God forbid he is never wrong). At this point I just want to say that I am also dealing with a temperamental 14 year old who literally HATES THE WORLD so when she realised on Wednesday morning that there was no internet – again – seriously folks don’t worry about North Korea dropping a fecking nuclear bomb on anyone worry about Daughter blowing a fecking gasket!!!
By Friday the internet was still not fixed AND to add to my current woes we also had no electricity. I thought this would be a good time for me to get out of the Village and do the grocery shopping. I hit Migros and I brought up big! Came to the register to pay, handed over my credit card and – declined! WTF??? Of course I didn’t have the cash to pay for my groceries so I had to leave them at the shop and return home empty handed. And that was it. It was that simple. I broke.
By the time I got home I was in tears. I threw myself on the couch and cried for a good few hours before finally putting myself to bed. At 4pm. It was suggested to me that I needed chocolate and red wine – stat – but as my credit card was declined I didn’t even have these simple medicinal necessities to tide me over and so I lay in bed crying my eyes out and wishing I was back in Sydney where this shit just wouldn’t happen.
Sure I know these are all First World Problems, and yes, I know I am being a bit of a şımarık, but seriously no electricity, no internet, no telephone and now no cash! What the feck did I ever do to you Türkiye? Have I ever done anything but love you? Support you? Talk you up to my friends? Yeah that’s right! And you turn on me! Well I’m pissed off and I won’t stand for it anymore! In fact I’m breaking up with you!
Anyhow, TTnet finally arrived on Saturday morning and confirmed that we did, in fact, need an electrician so The Turk called a guy who knew a guy who promised to be at ours by 2pm. At 6.17pm four teenage boys arrived at our house. They were the electricians! Ugh! One of the boys refused to come into the house because of My Hurley Dog so screamed instructions through the door (Çek! Çek!) to the other three as they re-wired our telephone and internet. By 10pm they had finished. We had internet. We had telephone. Yah!!! By 11.15pm? Gone! Again!
It comes and goes now. That’s okay. I guess. And we only lost the electricity once yesterday (although it was for 6 hours).
What I find so incomprehensible is that everyone seems to accept substandard workmanship and bad behaviour. They have all these social niceties but when it comes to service they just accept that the work will be dodgy or the quality of their goods and services will be less than stellar. It is the norm here in Türkiye but it shouldn’t be. People should expect excellent service if they are paying for it. The Turk just shrugs as says “Bu Türkiye!” Nope more like Bu-llshit!!
And speaking of bullshit let me just tell you one more little story before I get dragged off to the looney bin.
After my second meltdown on Sunday to my BIL (as my television had no signal and our intermittent internet was gone – fecking again) a television service was arranged. The dude arrived yesterday on time (a first) and proceeded to reconfigure our satellite dish for a better service. I only really watch one or two shows on television, I don’t really care if there is service or not because I watch television via the internet (if we have internet that is) BUT there is one English news channel – TRT World – and even though it is a completely bias channel run by the Government (please don’t shut me down “Powers That Be”) it was, at least, in English. Until our little friend serviced my dish that is, now we have lost the channel. FML!
Anyway before he left he asked to use the bathroom. He disappeared behind the door for a good thirty minutes. What on earth did he do in there? Well I certainly found out within moments of him leaving when an entity crossed my path. A shit entity. A smell so foul that it was as though he had smeared shit from one end of the guest bathroom to the other! I literally had to open all the windows and sit on the terrace for an hour before the house had been cleared of the putrid smell! I still haven’t gone in there either. I’m a little scared of what I might find that he left behind for me. I’ll send The Turk in to take the bullet.
Sorry for lumbering all this on you all. I don’t know when I’ll be back. But I will. Eventually.
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as my dear friend Emine told me very early on following a melt-down – ‘Alan, you must have acceptation!’ Better to blow, festering sores are dangerous!
Geçmiş olsun! I guess your Internet is back now. Try to remember the tropical cyclones, the bush fires, the ludicrous property prices and the smugly complacent sense of superiority downunder 😉
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Ha! I just said to someone on FB that I got onto the real estate website and would rather take on a cyclone than deal with this shite!
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A good electrician and a friend in the TTnet office would solve most of this. It takes a few years to achieve but well worth the effort.
I have been in the dumps , much like you for days and even been thinking about moving back to US (we live in FR). No Internet and phone problems, but health woes which all started when hubby fell from a ladder where at his age he should never have been. He has a hole ( huge) in his leg…long story. Surgery nay be next. The collar bone that broke 6 months ago when a bridge broke from under me in China and I fell into a canal has not healed. I have a semi paralyzed hand ( compressed nerves) . Too much shit. But fortunately… not the real stuff due to electricians in our bathroom. Gross! Hang in there, I will try to think positive, and think of you in Turkey.
Leah! It sure does happen in threes! I hope you and your husband recuperate with ease and no stress.
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Girl…it isnt Turkiye that needs leavin..its that village!!! Hon service is a hundred times better here in Ankara.. and our workers would NEVER EVER use our toilets for heavens sake!!!
I,m so sorry to read about you being down in the dumps but if its any consolation you cheer me up
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Oh my god this sounds like life where I live. My deepest empathy goes out to you, my friend! It get so utterly disheartening sometimes, but it’s mostly just the exhaustion of it after a while. It so often feels that *you* are the one who has to put so much effort in just to get people to come do their fecking job and then when they do it they put in as little effort as they can. Ugh, indeed!!! I would love to dish out platitudes that it will all get better and you’ll be fine and yada yada blah blah, but I think it’s totally fine to wallow in a minute of pure frustration and over-it-ness before you find your way back to some sanity. I have to do it so often myself and yet I still can’t give any great advice about how to get there!
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