Daughter and I have been in Sydney for the past 6 weeks as well as a sneaky side trip to Bali with a few of my girlfriends so I have been MIA in case you hadn’t noticed (what do you mean you didn’t notice???).
While Down Under I got to spend desperately needed time with many, but not all, of my most beloved peeps (and purchased some desperately needed bras – my boobs are back in the Northern Hemisphere again) and Daughter also got to have a few catch ups, again stalked members of 5SOS and even went to see The 1975 in concert. Sydney was definitely a win/win sitch for both of us (although Calum from 5SOS is still playing hard to get).
Now we are back in my Türkiye and back in the Village I find that things haven’t changed. At all.
Of course I am aware that Türkiye was on the news while I was away. As an early riser I had the news on and was watching the ‘incident’ as it happened. (I will call it an incident however I won’t make any further reference to it due to the current political climate here).
“Holy Shit!” said I.
“Don’t go back!” said most, if not all, of my acquaintances back in Sydney.
Coming back home I admit was a little nervous but now that I am here and have been out and about I can say that in the Village and in the city of Mersin nothing has changed. The sun is still shining, people are going about their business and life goes on oh and The Turk actually didn’t know that the ‘incident’ had taken place. Slept through the whole thing. And before you Negative Nelly’s start banging on at me yes I know that Mersin is not Istanbul and that there are continued protests there as well as other cities including Ankara but, just in case you didn’t realise, this is a blog about living in Mersin.
Anyway after staring at the television for hours I realised that something that was so huge in Türkiye and that held such huge ramifications for this country as well as the rest of the world it was merely a ripple in the pond in Australia (and possibly other countries) and was only getting about 7 minutes of airtime with the Australian media. I should just stress at this point that the home that I was staying at only had free to air television – in fact I didn’t even get to see the finale to Game of Thrones until I got home! #FirstWorldProblems
Australia had a general election during my time Down Under and so I did my civic duty and cast my vote. I actually received a fine for not voting in the last election although on checking with the Consulate here in Türkiye I found out there was in fact nowhere to cast your vote unless you did it by post. Have you ever tried to send mail from Türkiye? Has it ever arrived or did it take 6 months? I betcha that if I had done the postal vote in the last election my solitary postal vote would have been crucial in stopping that tosser Abbott getting elected! And did you know that this is like the 50th freaking election since 2010 – not really – but it sure seems like it. I mean Australia change leaders like others change their undies! #FirstWorldProblems
I took Daughter to the hairdresser in Sydney. Now, back in Mersin a trip to the hairdresser including a wash and blow dry will set you back 9TL or AU$5 (the price has gone up in our absence). In Sydney a wash and blow dry at a suburban hairdresser set us back AU$60 or approximately 120TL!!! #FirstWorldProblems
I made potato kofte for dinner for a friend and after a quick trip to the local supermarket I realised that Türkiye beats Australia hands down on the cost and the quality of the fresh produce available. Of course here in Türkiye fruit and vegetables are seasonal but after I paid AU$3 or 6TL for one (rather crummy) bunch of maydanoz (parsley) I realised just how great I really have it here. I couldn’t even get my hands on any nane (mint) either! I mean WTF?? It’s mint for feck sake. Here it’s growing on every freaking street corner. I think back to when we lived in Sydney and we always had mint on hand. Of course The Turk would grow his own. Duh! #FirstWorldProblems
Although Australia did win hand over fist time and time again. Electricity is abundant as is fresh drinking water. I had only been home in Mersin a few days when the electricity was cut and the water disappeared from our pipes. It took 2 days for the water to come back but the electricity did crank up again pretty quickly (and a good thing too with the current temperatures here in Mersin hitting mid-40’s (that’s Celsius to you freaking Americans) on a regular basis. Sidenote – Daughter just stuck her head out the door and asked me “When’s it winter?” LMAO! #SydneyoverMersin
The traffic back in Sydney is as always a dream to navigate although peak hour did my head in on more than one occasion. I love that the speed limit isn’t just a suggestion and I seriously don’t think I heard a car horn during our whole time there! #SydneyoverMersin
Of course the biggest drawcard and the one thing that I can’t replicate in Mersin is bacon. Sydney has bacon. A lot of bacon. And I ate it all! #SydneyoverFECKINGMersin
So now that I’m back I will probably be back to whinging about all and sundry and hating this and that again but right now I will just say that I’m glad to be home.
Oh and yes I was playing with hashtags. They are stupid and I hate them. I vow this day to never use them again!
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