We went on a boat trip round the islands today, which was relaxing and quite lovely. Wink’s eye looked rather worse this morning and she felt quite self-conscious – at least she can wear sunglasses to hide the bruise and the swelling had diminished by this evening and we hope it’ll be a lot better by the time she’s back at work.
Apart from my underwater venture, I have learned something else this trip, and that’s my passport number. The wifi password is our room number plus passport number and you have to re-enter it after leaving the site, and it because simpler to learn it than to keep having to look it up.
i have also, rather startlingly, gained a suntan. That is pretty well unheard of for me. I don’t sunbathe, ever, or rather I didn’t. I seem to be managing all the new experiences I can at present. I’m afraid it won’t end well, my nose is so brown that it’s bound to peel. There are good reasons why I don’t sunbathe.
A good many English ex-pats live in the area – we were chatting to someone who has lived and worked here some years. She said they are divided into two sorts of people – the ones who work and integrate with Turkish people, and the ones who retire here, to spend a lot of time drinking and lying in the sun, complaining about the Turkish government and way of life. I suppose that tends to be the way, though – it’s not that easy to make friends if you’re not fluent in a language and, however lovely a place is, it’s hard to keep a sense of purpose in everyday life if you haven’t a lot to do.
the comment box didn’t appear yesterday. I’m sorry, I don’t know why. If it doesn’t again, I’ll have a look, give up and ask Ronan for help.