Wednesday, 13 August 2014

What am I missing

I am in rainy Scotland with wet feet because I didn't have time to grab my winter gear between Greece and the UK, and summer clothing doesn't cut it in August in the Highlands.  If all goes to plan I'll be back in Bodrum this time next week and I'm musing over what I've missed while I've been away.  Chris Drum's weekly Bodrum Echo newsletter keeps me up to date with what's on at home so I know there have been almost wall to wall classical concerts and ballets. I've missed the introduction of a weekly market for small holdings producing their own fruit and vegetatables, (the weekly Friday market has a few of these but also lots of commercial sellers). There's a new bus service to the airport and back leaving every 30 minutes from the main Bodrum bus station, which I will make use of in the future. (The existing service only serves the domestic airlines). I've been following the various protests against the privatisation of public beaches, a cause close to my heart. I'm glad to have been away during the Bayram holiday, when city visitors bring their own brand of road rage to the town and make Bodrum a hot bed of stress and unpleasantness. Several friends have sent me emails saying they are passing through Bodrum and unfortunately I haven't been there to show them around.  But yesterday, a photograph on Facebook really tugged my heart strings. I hope Özlem doesn't mind me putting this on


Two of my favourite bloggers, Özlem's Turkish Table  and The Archers of Okcular ( see links at the side) meeting up on the Bodrum peninsula and I'm not there...... Words fail me! 


(Sorry for the makeshift quality of this post. It is being written in a coffee shop in Inverness airport making the most of a 45 minute flight delay and free internet. Normal service should be resumed next week,  but unfortunately my fellow bloggers will be back home too.) 
 

20 comments:

  1. Sounds like you know where home is, B2B! Hope you're back safely now. Shame you had to miss the good things that have been happening. Axxx

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    1. I should be back in 6 days. Counting down

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    2. Hopefully you will be around in September ... so this blogger can come and visit you!

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    3. I'm planning on spending all of September in Bodrum, so let me know when you arrive

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  2. Not only missed all those interesting and enjoyable happenings, but caught the tail-end of Hurricane Bertha while you're at it, BtoB. :-( Our daughter and family have been staying with her in-laws near Fort William since Saturday and today's the first day they've had without rain.

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    1. The rain was so bad on Monday that the Findhorn burst its banks

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  3. . . look on the bright side Annie - you were saved from my silly humour and Özlem will be back again soon enough! Welcome home, by the way :-)

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  4. I totally undertstand your frustration! what a pity!! But you never know, you may all meet up again ... with me too!!

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  5. Sounds like Bodrum has a lot going on. I would love to be there myself right now.

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    1. Hope I'm here when you do decide to visit

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  6. B to B, We also were blessed with a visit from Özlem and family this summer on Burgazada. We hope to see you later in September. Hurry home.

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  7. Now why didn't they have that airport bus when we lived in Bodrum? Bloody typical!

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  8. And so close to where you used to live

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  9. What a kind mention dear Annie, I am so very sorry to miss you too :( Oh well, there's always the next time and I look forward to it. Safe travels back to Bodrum, cok selam ve sevgiler, Ozlem xx

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    1. Enjoy your last week. Hope the earth tremors haven't put you iff

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  10. Aww, a shame you missed out on meeting with that bunch. Sure Özlem will be back at some point. As for the rest of your post, it feels like we're living parallel lives here in Fethiye. Our beach situation in Ölüdeniz was protested successfully and a court ruling suspended the private company contract. That's been completely ignored however and their beds etc are still there. We've also got a new bus service as well going to Dalaman airport half hourly. Courtesy of Muğla Büyükşehir I believe. Long may that continue! :)

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