Have a dose of what life is really like living here – from Turkish in 1000 easy lessons to learning the secrets to making the perfect kebab! Highs or lows this is our random observations from the melting pot of crazy that is my life in Mersin.
Sunrise is my favourite time of day. I am definitely a morning person and am usually pretty knackered and ready for bed and a good book quite early in the evening. I take a photo of the sunrise from the terrace most mornings. I don’t know why. I guess seeing Mother Nature using her colour palette always amazes me. She brings all variations of pink, blue, orange and yellow to the early morning. I can sit back and watch the village begin its day in peace and quiet. Looking at the sky I can guess that it will probably be warm again. Winter has gone bye-bye and it’s already starting to heat up. No snow on the mountains behind me either so I’m guessing it’s going be a long, hot summer. Again.
My Istanbul posts are still brewing and I’ve been busy editing the first few chapters of Salep and Ginger in an effort to get it out before summer and can I just say … editing is awful, fecking awful. I mean don’t get me wrong my editor is great and really supportive but when you get down to the nitty-gritty of writing it’s not just me typing whatever comes into my head anymore its punctuation and grammar and consistency. Sentence structure, story structure. The rhythm of the story. Even the font and spacing. All of it matters. And I am glad. I want my manuscript to be the best that it can be. So now I have to think! God forbid!!
Time to jump to it … before real life catches up. If you are thinking of visiting Turkey this summer why not grab a travel book to give you some inspiration
Last summer I was driving over the railway tracks when … I spotted … the Google Street Map car!
“Hey,” I shouted to no one in particular as I was in the car by myself, “It’s the Google Street Map car!” And low and behold … there I am …
Yes peeps Mersin (and Türkiye) has officially been put on the map … the Google Street View map that is. Many of the main cities of Türkiye have now been updated including Istanbul, Marmaris and Izmir but obviously as I am a blog about Mersin I am telling you that Mersin is live and ready for your stalking pleasure.
Street view on Google Maps is a great feature, especially for checking out places you’ve never been before. Sometimes though, Google inadvertently captures some candid pictures of the spots they’re mapping.
Here is my FIL sitting on the street outside our house. Excellent!
If I zoomed out a bit you would see my underwear on the line but you really don’t need to see that do you?
Pozcu. Lovely shot actually.
I’m now going to spend my day looking for the most ridiculous shot that I can find. You know like a man chasing a donkey that was chasing a dog that was chasing a chicken that was crossing the road or something. It is Mersin after all. I’ll get back to you.
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It has suddenly gotten very cold here in Mersin, all over Türkiye in fact. The clouds are heavy. There is no sun. At all. But today while dropping Daughter off at school I came across this sculpture and it cheered me up muchly!
What the what???
I know, I know I have to get my mind out of the gutter but seriously what else could it be?
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My thoughts today are very cruisey and I certainly don’t want to be cooped up indoors on such a glorious day so this post will be short and sweet.
How’s your day faring? Mine has, so far, been excellent. Daughter is at school where she seems to be sitting a neverending run of exams, The Turk is taking the neighbour’s Rottweiler for a walk (because they keep him chained up all day long) and I find myself, yet again, on my terrace taking in the sunshine with My Kedi Cat.
I really should get off my bum and get a few things done, I haven’t even put up the Christmas tree yet or finished buying presents. There has been some discussion that I am, perhaps, a Christmas lightweight although I think that was made abundantly clear last weekend with my dismal failure to keep up at the Köln Christmas markets.
Alright. Up and at ’em. I have been eyeing off the pazı (chard) growing in the bahçe opposite and am thinking a little sarma is on the cards for tonight’s dinner. Yum.
So whereever you are today and whatever it is that you are doing have a great one!
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For anyone travelling to Mersin over the next few days why not head to the beach around sunset for the chance of witnessing one of nature’s miracles. Right now in Mersin the baby loggerhead turtles also known as Caretta Caretta have begun to hatch and can be found early evening making their journey towards the sea. The turtles were on the decline but with conservation efforts by the local belediyi their numbers have increased and this year there was over 530 nests found in the area.
Just remember to keep your distance and please don’t pick them up as they can become disorientated and the walk to the ocean is actually a way for these little guys to strengthen their muscles.
Daughter had me edit this post as I had originally said there was 312 water balloons. She explained to me in earnest that I should not lie on the internet. There is in fact 450 water balloons! So starting now …
Daughter just returned from the market with 450 water balloons. The old bloke at the market must have thought she was quite mad. 450 balloons seems a like a lot of work what with the filling them and then the pesky tying of the knots. I don’t envy that job! But she seems intent of arming our house – just in case.
Me: “Just in case of what?”
Daughter: “Zombie apocalypse”.
Me: “In the Village?”
“Daughter: “Sure. I mean it makes sense. Around here I sometimes wonder whether it’s already started.”
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We have had a few tremors here in Mersin over the past days. To be completely honest with you I did not feel any of them when they struck despite being at the epicentre of the first quake in Mezitli on Saturday.
One of the many haber sites that subscribe to sent me their news roundup this morning with a few vaguely boring posts which I glanced over but then one post stood out with its heading “City Wiped Off The Map”.
Um excuse me?
It seems that they were not actually talking about Mersin today, they were talking about Mersin or more specifically Soli Pompeipolis which was flattened by earthquake in 527AD.
Soooo not the earthquake that happened on Saturday yeah?
The next post went on to discuss a proposed nuclear power plant and its obvious danger should there be a sizable earthquake. Now I don’t want to sound like a Negative Nancy but how sensible is it to build a nuclear power plant in a country that has earthquakes, real earthquakes not these little baby things that are currently niggling around. Did we not learn anything from Japan? Surely the all mighty dollar (or lira) is not more important that the environmental impact and potential danger to life?
Regardless this is definitely journalistic sensationalism at its very best. Jeeze you would think it was Fox News or perhaps a Murdoch newspaper the way they were acting!
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A couple of weeks before The Turk left for Australia he and I were in Carsi doing some shopping when he was mobbed. By women. Yes. Seriously! Well it was only two women but it was still a mobbing. It seems that The Turk looks something similar to Cem Özer who is a famous actor here in Turkey. Why these women chose that particular moment to mob him I do not know. Perhaps the real actor was in Mersin or perhaps these women momentarily lost their senses but regardless they made The Turk’s day. Does he look like Cem Özer? You be the judge.
There is a vague resemblance I guess. Squint your eyes, have a glass of red and you can definitely see the similarities!
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