My Bags Are Packed, I’m Ready To Go

Overwhelmed and bone tired is the best way to describe how I’ve felt over the past few weeks. I think we’ve established that I really am not cut out for a career in nursing and the additional overtime I have been working has taken its toll. My Dad has at last relinquished my laptop having spent a marathon couple of weeks streaming various programmes in an effort to alleviate the boredom of recuperation. I am way behind on posting and catching up with you all; if I’m honest I think that I may have lost my way a little.

Regrettably, Ahmed has decided to remain in to Kahramanmaraş reluctant to leave his first salaried regular job for something less reliable in a coastal resort; which whilst I completely understand was something I hadn’t prepared myself for. So I’ll be flying off to Turkey on an epic journey to the mountains where I’ll be spending a few weeks and not lying poolside in the sunshine for a rejuvenating holiday as I had hoped. I’m not sure what to expect or even whether I will have any internet access. It’s certainly not the dream Turkish life I had hoped for, living in a small traditional Turkish town miles away from the coast and no expat community nearby; but I’m going with an open mind and open heart because at the end of the day that’s all I can do.

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92 thoughts on “My Bags Are Packed, I’m Ready To Go

  1. Travel safely … and please come back with reports/posts about your adventure when you’re able to. Will miss you and your humor. You will be fine … at least you will find out if .. a country life in Turkey is something that you can do together with him. Massive leap you take – will be thinking of you.

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  2. Whoa – big change of plan! Way to find out how it could work. Have a great time and do let us know how it goes if and when you get the chance. Don’t forget the competition for the craziest transport shots 😀

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  3. Wow! Best of luck on your journey. It shall certainly be different than the coastal town you had planned but think of all the new adventures you’re going to have! Have fun and keep us posted!

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  4. I’m sorry to hear you are so exhausted, although I’m not at all surprised. How disappointing for you, with the trip not being what you had been hoping for but I wish you all the best and may things turn out far better than you expect them to.

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  5. Dallas, I can not believe you are really off – I know I will miss you. Please do not ‘burn your bridges’ – a number of us will always be here for you, waiting and wishing you both well. This change of plan will be difficult to cope with, at first, but……I hope and pray that all goes well.I left a message for you on your f/b page. All your ‘adventure into an uncertain future’ brings back so many memories – and I am here now 12 years!!! A big hug and bon voyage and, if you at all can, do stay in touch. Carina x

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    • I am most definitely not going to be burning bridges, its just for a few weeks initially and I have to go home as Serial Shagger has handed our house back to me at long last but I understand from my Dad that it’s not in the best condition – big sigh!

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  6. Good luck my love. I’ll be there myself in 10 days. I have a spare bed so if you want a few days by the sea, with an expat, just drop me a line. Sian x

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  7. I am totally excited for you! I am sure the mountain village will be good for many funny stories. If you can’t post them while you are there, just write them down. We’ll happily wait for you news when you get back! 🙂
    I know that merging into a new culture like that is difficult, but keep in mind it won’t be forever and make sure you have fun! Enjoy, take lots of pictures and write, write, write! There is a book in you, it might just come out in the Turkish mountains!

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    • From your lips to God’s ears as I shall have a lot of time on my hands as I won’t be able to get a job. I do have reservations which is why I’m going for a few weeks to do a recce and then we’ll just have to wait and see

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      • I was in the same situation as you will be now. I started quilting (and lots of internet things, but if you don’t have internet that is probably not so helpful!) So I suggest you take plenty supplies for any hobby you always wanted to try 😉

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  8. Internet or no internet, we’ll still be here rooting for you! So proud of you having the guts to follow your heart and I don’t need to tell you life is what happens while we’re making plans. Go with the flow and absorb every minute of it – I’ll be waiting for the next instalment 🙂

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  9. Best of luck. My new life in India is very rural (though with some local expats) and I love it. I wish you the same. Just go with that open heart and an open mind; be yourself and you will be loved by the villagers for who you are; and if things don’t go exactly to plan you now have the experiences to let you know that you can cope and will always be able to see the best (and the funniest) in any situation. Keep looking forward, don’t look back, and remember that there are many people who would envy you the journey you are about to make.
    Bon voyage!
    Dorinda

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  10. When I moved to Norway 25 years ago it was to a little rural town, where hardly anyone spoke English and there were very few expats… Think of it as an adventure and have fun! I wish you all the best 🙂

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  11. I suspect that open mind and heart will see you through your new adventures just fine. Wishing all the very best and just remember to enjoy….. 😀
    We’ll be here waiting to hear even if you can’t post right away.

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  12. Ah, my dear friend. It is good to lose your way from time to time. That is when the true adventure starts. Decisions always carry risk, the greatest being that we will be changed by our choices. God speed…thanks for letting me tag along,

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  13. Picked this up a little late, so may have missed you. Wish you so much luck, Dallas. You’ve been a pal. Hope to hear how it all turns out when you’ve time, strength and an internet connection, of course. Hug!

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  14. Wishing you the best of everything on your journey. Open heart and mind is the best policy and I hope all goes well for you. Check out Turkey with Stuffing blog if you get a mo – she’s heading back to Turkey soon too. Take care.

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  15. Best of luck to you! While it’s not the trip you were dreaming about, you will be with your paramour — and who knows, you may find that you love the mountains!

    Looking forward to reading about your adventures, whether you can post while you’re there or if you must wait until you return.

    Bon voyage!

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  16. At least you’ll be with Ahmed again, and that’s the important thing. There may be treasures to discover in them thar’ mountains; you never know. Good luck. You’ll have a new adventure. And be sure to keep us posted when you can. We’ll be thinking about you.

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  17. Can’t wait to hear how it goes for you Dallas. I’m sure you will find the humour in what ever situation you find yourself in, and that is a great gift. All the best. xS

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  18. That’s exciting! But I understand the anticlimax of sorts. Still, new adventures await, oh, and some bloke. Safe travels and look forward to updates when things permit.

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  19. You really sound as though you nee a break, Dallas, and some time at the beach would have been just perfect. I guess Ahmed needs to hang onto his job though. Your time there, with his family will really be a time of testing for your future plans together. I wish you lots of love, luck and fortitude. Hope you manage to find an internet cafe. I’m sure you’ll have so much to share. Hugs to you.

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  20. Reading this this evening made me want to give you a big hug and tell you that I love you. You are one of the most remarkable people I have met online, and you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers as you travel. I’m sorry you won’t be relaxing by the sea, but you’ve always adapted so well in the past, and I believe you will come home with new insights. Take care, Dallas. ♥

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  21. Village life is very different from city life but just try and enjoy the time, count to 10 everytime you feel like going crazy and be prepared to never ever have any personal life! We stayed in my soon to be husbands village 8 days and never ever again that İ will sleep there again that long. But it is always nice to see different sides of turkey.

    Ps: İ hope they have normal toilets 😉

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    • I’ve been before and you’re absolutely right the toilets and not having a moment to yourself, even when sleeping is going to be mighty strange. It is important to experience the real Turkey but the challenge for me is whether I want to live the rest of my life like that but I don’t want to regret not giving it a chance

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  22. I trust you will find adventure and humor wherever you go. And still wish you luck, eagerly awaiting your continued impressions. It seems to me that the best way to stay in touch with the internet when off the beaten track is a cell modem, which I always have with me as a backup.

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  23. Lots of love Dallas and remember you can make make choices which feel right for you even up a mountain! I’m really looking forward to hearing about your latest adventure where I guess your sense of humour will come in very handy!

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  24. good luck TinkyTown, I am sure you’ll make the most of village life, you will be “the stranger” in town, so to speak, but they’ll soon get used to you, will you manage driving around in a tractor?… 😉 – we wait to read more of your stories.
    Our blogging friend Tina in Serbia seems to have also gone all the way round the world to live in a small community where she does not speak the language (or little)… you can check her out at this blog.
    http://chroniclesofserbia.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/whatever-wednesday-why-did-i-move-here/

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  25. I’m sure we are all holding our breath for you and hoping all goes well. I hope you do have internet over there as we will all be waiting for your up dates. What an adventure, you are such a resiliant person you always find the best in any of the things you encounter. Good luck Dallas and safe travels. 🙂

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    • Would love love love to visit somewhere more touristy sadly I’m here for the next three weeks and then we’ll just have to wait and see! Not loving being so isolated and for the most part without access to the internet but hopefully back to civilization soon – lovely to hear from you Mel and just when I needed it too!

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  26. Still wonderful that you will be (are?) together again! Good luck Dallas 🙂
    (Haven’t been receiving your posts on my reader or mail and just hopped over to check!)

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  27. Have missed your posts popping up in my Reader, Dallas. Just thought I would drop you a line to say I was thinking of you, and hoping all is going well for you 🙂

    Hugs
    Marianne x

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