New Year's day dawned bright and sunny and the pavements and cafes in Bodrum were packed and, although Jake and I had a job to negotiate the crowded quay, it was great to see Bodrum being enjoyed by so many people. Apart from walks, I spent the day at home catching up with a weeks' newspapers and magazines. As usual at this time of year, current affairs had been abandoned in favour of lists and dietary advice; most of it preachy and contradictory in nature. I mentioned in my Christmas post from Gümüşlük Beach that I had been trying to incorporate some ancient philosophy in my daily life and the more I learn the more relevant it becomes. In answer to all the bloggers, vloggers and diet gurus telling me to give up dairy, meat, carbs, fruit, wine and the kitchen sink, I give you Epictetus, who was born in 55 CE in Hierapolis (modern-day Pamukkale - a few hours drive from Bodrum).
"Preach not to others what they should eat but eat as becomes you and be silent"