In case you have been living under a rock the past few days social media in Turkiye has been blowing up with both the expats and Turks alike going on about the crazy cold weather we are having right now. Soğuk, çok soğuk! (It’s cold, very cold!). Talk about “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, Turkiye goes and freezes over just to be like their fancy neighbours.
All over the country the weather has been abysmal. Villages and towns have been snowed in, flights cancelled and even here in Mersin hell has literally frozen over. I mean really – it snowed! I know right!?!
This shouldn’t happen. I was only writing here about how hot it was a couple of months back. This is an extreme turnaround and it really isn’t acceptable to me.
Electricity is scant and this transforms The Turk from his manly man Turkish self into, well, into a bit of a girly princess. As expected this transformation has also pushed The Turk into his “I want to go back to Australia” phase of his re-entry into Turkish life. We don’t have a soba here (Turkish fireplace) so when the electricity dies then icicles begin to form over any uncovered appendage. The Turk is definitely concerned about his favourite appendage freezing and breaking off and has been checking it regularly. Last night I threatened to move into the Hilton just for a hot bath and internet access (side note – what is it with Turkey not having instantaneous hot water? Install a fecking Rheem for Christ’s sake!!). But no I stayed and suffered in silence, well relative silence compared to The Turk that’s for sure!
But it is not just us who are suffering in the cold. I feel for the stray animals that live in our village. The kediler are breaking into any house with an open door trying to find a warm spot and I swear I saw a pack of kopekler milling around an open fire on an empty block. I am not going to say that they started the fire but … it looked very suspicious. My Hurley Dog is refusing to go outside and when I finally got him outside his pee froze mid-stream! True! I swear!!
I know I am ridiculous.
Yesterday was my birthday. Did you know? Yah happy birthday and all that! I made a pretty strong statement on FB the other night saying it might be cold but there’s no way it will snow and certainly not on my birthday. I will eat my hat. Well as I was reminded by a well-wisher yesterday that it did in fact snow – soooo – would I like fries with that hat? Humfph! The Turk also reminded me of my wording off this morning and handed me his beanie and the salt and pepper shakers. I didn’t eat it as that was his hat. I agreed to eat mine. Technicality? Yep but I am going with it.
So happy birthday to me – and welcome to the Ice Age! Bbrrrr!
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