Now...where were we? Before we were interrupted by the birth of my grandson during my 6 week trip to England, and the moving house and area?
I was telling you about where I've lived and we had reached Goreme.
I did tell you all about Cappadocia and how beautiful it is. Now I'll tell you a little about the time I spent living there.
Goreme was a turning point in my life...in more ways than one. It was my first experience of Turkish village life and also my first experience of living alone in Turkey (more about that later).
I also added new skills to my repertoire. I started working in a small cafe which specialised in borek and gozleme and learned how to make them...this is an actual picture of them from the cafe I worked in.
It was a tiny cafe with an impossibly small kitchen, and I worked with the owner Refik. It was very popular and we were always busy and between us we had to do everything. Buy provisions, prep food, clean the cafe, lay tables, serve customers with drinks, cook food and serve, wash-up, etc etc. Looking back I don't know where I got my energy from. It must have been something to do with the good clean air!
During this time, Mr Ayak and I went through some personal problems and the result was that we split up for 18 months. I told him to go...sort his life out...and let me know when he'd managed it. I'm not going into details about the problem...suffice to say it was nothing to do with anyone else (Mr Ayak and I have always been totally faithful to each other even when we've been apart). But it was...we both agreed...the right thing to do at the time.
We did however keep in touch. Mr Ayak phoned constantly to see if I was managing on my own. I was in fact managing very well and actually enjoying the challenge of living on my own in Turkey. I learned some very useful lessons about survival in a different country.
Workwise, when the cafe became to much I spent a short time in an antique shop, but the money wasn't very good so I moved to a very nice gift shop. It wasn't always busy and there was a computer there ...which was where I first experienced the internet...and gradually taught myself (by trial and error) how to find my way around the world wide web.
18 months passed quickly in terms of work, but during my times alone in the evenings I missed Mr Ayak's company. But I was determined that I wouldn't back down on the ultimatum I'd given him.
Eventually we were both satisfied that we could move forward with our lives together in a more positive way, and he had achieved what he had set out to do...so I packed up and moved to Selcuk.
An important lesson was learned by both of us during this time apart. It's not wise to totally rely on someone else because you never know when they may no longer be there. We both know for sure now that, although our lives are much happier and richer for being together...if we have to survive without each other...we can do it.