Welcome Aboard!

What can I tell you! I was christened Deborah as my Dad fell in love with the actress Deborah Kerr as a small boy at Saturday morning pictures when he saw her in the King & I; probably because she had red hair & spoke like the Queen. Although I earned my nickname, Dallas, at school when a classmate discovered his brother’s illicit stash of adult movies and thereafter the die was cast. I’m passionate about animal welfare from a family of animal lovers; our four-legged friends currently include one rescue dog, two rescue cats and two foster kitties but there’ll always be more room at the inn for those in need. In fact Didim Dog Shelter in Turkey and Woodside Animal Sanctuary in Plymouth will forever hold special places in my heart.

I first went to Turkey as a thirty something, single woman who packed her bags for what promised to be the adventure of a lifetime after having been ditched by my childhood sweetheart just a hop, jump and a skip away from the altar, to sweep my former best friend off her Jimmy Choos.

Now being a practical kind of girl, I’m not one to let a good honeymoon go to waste. Consequently, I packed myself off to Altinkum in Turkey with a friend, who hadn’t had a turn of the doorknob that is my serial shagging ex-fiancee and there my life changed forever. I met a man and decided twelve months on, after a few holidays and skyped conversations that I had nothing to lose. To be honest, shelf stacking in Tesco’s had begun to lose its glamour for me so I took the plunge and moved on.

Despite reading all the true life magazine stories warning of disastrous holiday romances with dark-eyed dancing Lotharios chasing visas and quick sex. I threw away the rule book and hooked up with a Turk, who has the sense of rhythm of a turtle (so no dancing here) and my lack of funds would ensure that a visa wasn’t going to be forthcoming for my true love anytime soon. Turkey had enchanted me, so I’m going to live the dream for as long as I can. If it’s only six months then that will be six months’ of amazing memories that I will store in my book of golden days and bring out to comfort myself when I’m in my dotage. When I suspect I will bear a strong resemblance to Miss Havisham, from Great Expectations, and smell of cat pee whilst slewed off my face on gin.

Hope to share my mad, bad and downright crazy adventures with you and the amazing people who I have been blessed to have met along the way, particularly, as a friend once told me that to enjoy the best things in life, they need to be shared, whether that’s an excellent bottle of wine or a piece of good news. And as I haven’t yet been chased out of Tinky Town (Altinkum) or our Devon village by a pitchfork wielding mob I don’t think I’ve offended anyone yet.

Want to know more about my eccentric family, neighbours and life in Turkey? Well you’ll just have start reading Crazy Train To Tinky Town which is really where my adventure began. For those of you that haven’t dipped your toes in the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Aegean; you should go.

And this is where it all started Honeymoon Stories  & Tinky Town Tales and for those that like the stories about our Devon village life (including my lovely Dad & his precious allotment) you can find these on Tales From The Allotment or pop over and say hello on Facebook, G+ or Twitter.  And if you like what you see spread the word!

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535 thoughts on “Welcome Aboard!

  1. I love this! I enjoy your writing. Thanks for liking my blog post too, and I hope we will keep in touch. My blog posts aren’t always as humorous as yours – I get a bit angry sometimes – but then my life on this crazy little island can be exasperating and even demoralizing at times! But a sense of humor is always required when on an adventure! Good luck!

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    • I’m not drinking Turkish tea/cay (don’t know how to make the diacritical mark), but am drinking some excellent Darjeeling. I do love tea and travel, so I’ll be checking in with you again. Glad you stopped by my blog as well. Come again anytime and come for a cuppa!

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  2. Love it! I am sure this is only the beginning of a great story …I will keep on visiting. Good luck!

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  3. Stumble not…your writing is terrific as is your sense of self worth and spirit! I look forward to following your time in Tinky Town, wish you bonne chance while you are there, and if this Turk is not the one, doesn’t mean there isn’t another out there. Keep blogging…your friend is correct, all the better for sharing!
    Rhonda

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  4. Thanks for hopping over to my Boys To Men blog…not many follow that link,sadly, including me. I am way behind posting on that one. But I appreciate the like, I truly do.

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  5. Haha! Better you’re rid of the childhood sweetheart who sounds like a cad. I look forward to more of your adventures. Hey, getting around in the blog world is tricky business, faux pas run rampant for me…thankfully I find the bloggy community to be a forgiving lot.
    cheers!
    *anna

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  6. I’m loving this! Your ex sounds much like my ex, a*sholes seem to be the best kickstart for great life adventures! 😉 Looking forward to follow you on your journey, where ever it may lead you 🙂

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  7. I love the way you write! You’re a natural. So glad you gave up the shelf-stacking at Tesco. I once stacked cheese for a couple of months on nights and was propositioned by the boss! I declined and went to Canada and Mexico for 3 months. A girl has to do what their heart tells them – so follow that dream and don’t look back! 🙂

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  8. Kindred Spirit over here, thanks for giving my blog a look through, wow arn’t we lucky to be able to hop on a good travel after a waking nightmare. I look forward to your updates happy living

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  9. Love the attitude. Sounds like your ex did you a favor. I’m in my dotage and can tell you for sure that when you look back on your life at some much later date, the only things you’ll regret are the chances and adventures not taken….. 😉

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  10. I love your spirit and willingness to jump off the edge. That’s what got me to Turkey many eons ago (I haven’t blogged about that yet, but, in time….). Now I am on steadier, but not nearly as exciting, ground in Hawaii, but always looking forward to returning to Turkey. Thank you for “like”ing my post on Ephesus. You have a great and fun writing style. I’m following.

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  11. What a great story! I love your personality coming through in your writing. Thanks for checking out my blog so I could find yours! I hope you are enjoying yourself!

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  12. Your liking my “About” couldn’t have come at a better time. Reading your about made me feel connected already as I currently am working on packing my bags for a 7 month educational adventure of a lifetime in Turkey!
    Look forward to reading about your Turkish adventures!

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  13. An English friend of mine is very happily married to a Turk and they now have a beautiful little girl too. I wish you all the very, very best. I’m looking foward to following your entertaining (and moving) blog. 🙂

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  14. I am so jealous of you! I visited Turkey for the first time about a month ago, and in less than a months time I will be heading back for two weeks. I would love to just up sticks and stay there for a while 🙂

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  15. Great about page! Nice to meet you! And thank you for visiting my blog so I could find yours! Looking forward to more! Oh, and the shower thing? Super crazy! But that’s what makes the best stories, doesn’t it? 🙂

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  16. I second the above comment. I loved reading your story today. And I have many thoughts to share, verbose woman that I am. In brief: SUCKS what your fiancé did to you; ROCKS that you went on your honeymoon anyway; and INCREDIBLE that you started a new life like you did. Yours is an inspiring, awesome story to women everywhere who have been scorned by wretched men. And now? Have the time of your life!!!!!!!! And thanks for visiting my blog :). Cheers, PK

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  17. There is a future novel here in this blog, so keep it up! BTW, readers (meaning me) are going to want to know details, like, how did you meet the Turk? How can you stand the politics, or does it matter, do they affect you? Do you ever feel like white meat while the men gaze on in longing? 😉 How anglicised is Turkey, precisely? I think you’re doing a great job with your writing, and I read every single entry through, which I NEVER do, so you kept my interest because your voice is unique and you have a way with your turns of phrase. You sound (I’m sorry, I hope this isn’t in any way an insult) like a real-life Bridget Jones, but probably not with the alcohol, smoking, and weight problems… I mean the book Bridget, rather than the movie version. Which means you’re very wry and dry and funny, but my GOD the situations you are finding yourself in!! Material for a book, mosdef. 🙂

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    • Bless your heart coming from a professional, I am deeply honoured! And I don’t mind at all being compared to Bridgit Jones, however, I’m not a big drinker on account of two I’m slewed and three I’m stocious but on the upside that makes me a cheap date! I am still very new to this and I take onboard all your advice and I will definitely be putting something in about meeting Ahmet – as you would expect not the usual Turkish Boy meets English Girl scenario – I loved hearing from you!

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  18. What a wonderful, inspirational story! I’m glad to see you took something that is truly FUCKED and turned it into a life adventure! Good wishes to you and I will be in touch, love the blog! X

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    • Although it didn’t feel inspirational at the time, but on a more positive note it just goes to prove things happen for a reason because if it hadn’t happened to me, I wouldn’t have met all you amazing women in the blogging community

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  19. Whatever do you mean about not being a good writer, I reckon you are great! Please share detailed about how the girls met Turk boy! I believe if it’s meant to be, it will be as well. Good luck and thanks for dropping by…

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    • Thank you for your kind comments and I will most definitely post about how we met!!!! Was drawn to your post because of the beautiful roses – I’m a bit sentimental when it comes to Roses as my Grandad used to grow some amazing ones and the smell always reminds me of a happy times.

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  20. You go girl! I admire your sense of adventure. I also know what it’s like to spend a lot of time alone while you’re creating a new life for yourself. I have not moved geographically but I have moved emotionally in the last little while. This means I’ve left many friends behind. I’m looking forward to filling my life with people who relate to me on this new level. … Thanks for dropping in on my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking my post “The Wreck …” Be well, Dorothy 🙂

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  21. wow i know what it is like to be in a completely strange place where you don’t know anyone, and are completely alone. while i am happily married, my Hubby is away a week at a time for work, and the week he is away i’m totally alone. we just moved away from the first place i ever felt home and all my dear friends…so difficult. i hope since you did this post things are better!
    sorry you got your heart broken too!

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    • I know now that things happen for a reason and one of the most amazing things has been discovering the blogging community. I’ve cried & laughed over some of the bios and felt encouraged by the comments – so any shared tips on starting over will be gratefully received – lovely to hear from you

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      • oh yes! the blogging world has been such a gift!! this is the second time in two years we have started over. what i do know, is take one day (sometimes moment) at a time. don’t rush, things will happen as they are supposed to. gifts will come out of it in time. i was born and raised in one province my whole life, and left without a blink of an eye. the new province i moved too, became home quickly it was amazing. now where i am, isn’t home yet but like i said one step at a time. i like to find things every day to be thankful for, it helps a lot! it seems like such a small thing but it carries me through the tough times!
        and yes things do happen for a reason and knowing that helps too!

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  22. I enjoyed your blog! You have a way of turning your life’s disaster into humorous literature, and I think that’s what makes you an exceptional writer. You remind me so much of the book Eat, Pray, Love. Continue on with your adventures and I wish you’ll find whatever it is your heart’s searching for.

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  23. I’m inspired and impressed that you followed your heart and did something so daring and courageous despite what happened. Most people would have used such an experience to “give up,” but you used it as an opportunity to “rise up” and achieve a dream! Wishing you much success & happiness ~

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  24. Okay, I guess I should have started here. I am also new at this blogging thing and also make a lot of mistakes (I just confessed to one). But hey, as long as people seem to enjoy it (thanks for liking me by the way), it is worth it. I definitely like your blog and the next thing I am going to do is click on Follow! Good luck in Turkey and may your funds last forever!

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  25. Thanks for visiting my blog. The best thing about your visit is that it brought me here! You should be proud of the way you have faced lifes adversities – and of the wonderful way you write about your experiences. I will certainly be a ‘cyber friend’ and keep up with your adventures!
    best of luck
    Dorinda

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      • Only one? Damn, I am still learning! Well I’d say choose your battles and if you think a man is controlling you (they have different ideas about women’s roles in certain countries) get rid of him… and overall if it’s not working for you living there and you are not getting to where you want to be in your life – move on.

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  26. Hello my dear!
    First I understand the road to heartbreak. One of our trusted soliders gave me a “Dear Jane” letter after 10 months of a relationship. When he no longer had gunfire putting his life on the balance he dumped me with the duffle bag to the side. So I do understand the Miss Haversham thing (one of my favorite movies) only with a glass of Resling and no cats!
    Second, love the sea shell border. I collect shells from all over the world.
    Last, thanks for visiting my site and liking, “Welcome” and “Color Me Happy.” I look forward to reading more of your work.
    Best to you.

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    • It just goes to prove that betrayal is a universal thing but we’ve both moved on and you gotta love that. As for the design, I am a complete numpty when it comes to anything creative and technical but must have got this bit right! Thank you for dropping by and I hope that life continues to be kind to you.

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  27. I am so sorry this happened to you, but I will say, damn, you are making the best of a nightmare! You go, girl! I truly believe that God (or whoever your higher power in the universe might be), orchestrates things for an end purpose. Obviously, you weren’t meant to marry the schmuck, and you were meant to travel. Many blessings to you…

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  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog. After looking at some of your posts, I think it’s safe to say that you’ll never, ever, ever resemble Miss Havisham. Perhaps she could have learned something from you about leaving the house and going on the honeymoon with a friend!

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  29. It may seem like I just nominated you back because you nominated me but i genuinely believe your blog deserves as much love and attention as it can handle! Congrats on being you 😀

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  30. I enjoy your writing, despite the age and sex difference we have some similarities. Glad to hear that you can find some solace in seeing the beautiful world. I too have had a rough past while and plan to do some travelling to try and open my heart and mind some more to the opportunities that are out there. Keep up the great work 🙂

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  31. Hi there!
    You have a great outlook on life! Thank you for stopping by my blog Little Things and liking my post This Moment. Hope to see you again!
    Cheers,
    Jill

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  32. I’ll hop on board as well, because you were kind enough to stop by and like my blog and you are so totally my kinda gal – it takes a whole lotta guts to just go out and try something utterly different and have some trust left in the world after such a rotten experience – take heart dear one, there are many ‘Miss Havershams’ who are neurotically wasting away as an actual ‘Mrs’ in pointless marriages, they’d give their right arms and all their mouldy bridal cake for a bit of freedom and adventure like you – it’s ok to look at the past, just don’t stare, enjoy the moment and keep on chugging forwards on your journey, very best of luck and good wishes, x

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  33. This is my kind of girl … that just went on with life – if they don’t want us .. it’s their lost and not worth wasting time on. Still not a great situation to be in – and you former best friend … good luck to her. They suit each other, but on the other hand, it’s better it happen before the wedding and not just after. Well done! Wish more women where like you – a pleasure meeting you. Viveka

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  34. LOVE Turkey..well, actually, love Istanbul since that’s all I’ve seen. I’d be beside myself happy if I could find a job there, but alas I’m still stuck here in Saudi Arabia. Your story sounds interesting, and I hope you have magic happen where you are! A

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      • Unfortunately I no longer live in Turkey, moved back to the United States last July.
        I am originally from Izmir, but had been living in Istanbul for the past 7 years. I do try to get back as often as possible though! And the offer still stands 🙂
        I’m going to be living vicariously through your blog…terribly homesick.
        x x

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      • I love both Izmir and Istanbul – Tinky Town as you know is not quite as sophisticated. I will most certainly be dropping in on you from time to time – and will ask if I have to post anything about Turkish customs (as that’s another thing I know so little about). Take care and I hope life is kind to you xx

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  35. Hello! Thanks for checking out my blog. Your “honeymoon” adventures made me laugh out loud … always a good thing! I admire your courage to be willing to leave the safety of the “known” for the possibilities of the “unknown”. I look forward to following and reading more!

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  36. Thanks for reading my blog on Granada, Nicaragua and life here. I am thrilled to discover your blog as I love your style of writing AND Turkey is a country I have been interested in visiting and living in for a while. Good luck on ALL your adventures. Life is a ton of fun and really is what you make it.

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  37. Well…interesting! Thanks for liking my blog post – having just returned from the BVI’s I am far behind on reading blogs, but happy that I checked yours out. Good luck in Turkey – let’s stay in touch.

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  38. Hi, thanks for ‘liking’ my Eating my way around Istanbul post! I’m very new to this blogging malarkey (2 days!) but lovely to know someone out there read my post and loving your blog! Looking forward to reading more but your post on Turkish toilets made me laugh out loud! 🙂

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  39. I never read a more honest ‘about’ page on anyone’s blog. I was completely zapped. Thanks for sharing a part of yourself with us. Good Luck! And thank you for dropping by earlier to check my post. 🙂

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  40. Lovely to meet you. I too fell in love with a Turk 🙂 A bried but hugely intense interlude – we were both married to other people and I didn’t fancy a harem. But absolutely no regrets and delightful memories.

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  41. @I threw away the rule book and hooked up with a Turk, who has the sense of rhythm of a turtle (so no dancing here) and my lack of funds would ensure that a visa wasn’t going to be forthcoming for my true love anytime soon.

    Hahahahahaha! You… are… hilarious. And I love your writing. I can’t wait to check out the rest of Crazy Train! 🙂

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  42. After reading your posts, strange as it may be, the first song that popped into my head was one by Soul II Soul. So in the words of one Caron Wheeler I say keep on movin don’t stop now! And thanks for dropping by at fashionablyflippant.

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  43. Wow! Good on you!! You write beautifully, and I’m looking forward to following your adventures! 🙂 Also – thanks for liking my post on Beyoglu! Just started my blog, so am a real newby here! Good luck in Turkey!

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  44. Just found your blog and I absolutely love the way you write! You have a new follower and it will be fun to read about someone elses life in Turkey 🙂

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  45. Good for you to see the positives and move on 🙂 Not easy… I had a broken engagement (only a few months in) and a broken heart. I think if I hadn’t experienced that I would have appreciated when I found a truely good guy.
    Thanks for the visit over at CTB 😀

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  46. This is quite a story – happy and sad and exciting and so much more, all at once. It reminds me a lot of how a certain someone who’s very close to me ended up on the other (my) side of the Atlantic… I like your writing a lot and I like that you liked my newbie blog and I found you that way. So thanks for that – I’m looking forward to more!

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  47. Hello, thank you for stopping by me little corner of the internet. To be honest, I was sold on the titular ‘Tinky Town’, but your story is, frankly, hilarious, if I may be so bold. Go get ’em! I’m off to read more. Thanks again.

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  48. Honey, you’ve got a great voice, an engaging style, and wit up the wazoo. I see big things in your future and I’ll be watching for it. Thank you for popping up on my radar.

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  49. ok, I’m in…whatever you’re doing, I’m hoping you’re going to keep writing about it and I’ll surely keep reading!

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  50. merhaba! tesekkur for liking my post about Bahreyn fort. I’ve started reading your blog and already hooked! will keep reading! = )

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  51. What a great concept for a blog (sorry about the reason for it). I like your voice/commentary! Thank you for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the post about Bali Belly.

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  52. G’day from Oz to tinky town, love that name, you have a great sense of humour, I am going to RSS you so I don’t miss any of your adventures, good luck. Wow I am seriously impressed with all the comments you sure have captured the imagination of the blogosphere…

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  53. Thanks for liking my photo … your first sentence got me, so I’ll continue reading your exploits and hope that all goes well. I like your style!

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  54. Thanks for your visit…Wow. Adventure indeed. Somehow though I think you’ll do just fine – after all you have a wonderful sense of humor! I went here first – to About – to find out, well about you.
    I am still amazed a the blog world being some what of an Electric Net Novice. Now to see about your day…
    Best to you and cheers!

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    • I am still very much a newbie and the whole blogging experience has been such an amazing experience – I feel quite excited opening my laptop each day to read my messages. My day wouldn’t be quite the same without them.

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  55. Thanks for the like on my blog!
    I’ve only recently started to get back into it and your praise is flattering:)

    Your story is eerily similar to mine… Long story short; I’m now leaving home in Canada to attend university in Europe this September!

    Can’t wait to read about your upcoming adventures!

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  56. Hilarious. The bad fiancée part is made up , yes? A girl as clever as you would have long since dispatched him and Ms. J. Choo to some slag heap for sluts, right? Thanks for the like on Polloplayer.

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  57. A Great story and you have a natual writing talent, well done 🙂

    BTW, thanks for stopping by The Legion of Door Whores and for leaving a like for one of my images, it is appreciated 🙂 If you have time, please take a look at my blog sites http://reflectionsofchina.worpress.com and http://moreimagesfromme.wordpress.com , I do hope you will take a look and enjoy what you see there!..You have a really nice site here, certainly one worthy of a follow.
    Thanks again, Regards Mark

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  58. I have only read this page thus far, but you have such a fresh and funny voice! I look forward to reading more. I just stopped by to thank you for “liking” my recent blog post. It always gives me a lift! So, thank you for doing that for me. 🙂

    And, you go! 😉

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  59. thanks for stopping by to my blog and liked one of my posts. seems you are a very adventurous person, ad i guess choosing turkey as a place to stay until you don’t know when is an adventurous choice. behind the interesting stories you wrote, i’m curious: are you currently in turkey with a tourist visa you got from “visa on arrival” in the airport and how long is it valid? how long have you been there actually? cheers!

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    • I got my first visa stamp when I came into the country and then every three months, I take a boat to Kos and get the visa renewed on the return journey – it also gives me the opportunity to purchase some of the goodies I am missing from home.

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  60. A delight to find your humor & honesty. Love the adventure & your realistic expectations…
    So glad to see you liked our recent exploits as told at “Memories on the Journey”! Hope to see you join the conversation on your next visit – maybe we’ll see you in Hong Kong one day! -jk

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  61. Hi
    Thank you for your recent nomination for the very inspiring blogger award and I’ve returned the favour and nominated you in my blog.
    I used to live in Turkey with my hubby and now I’m trying to get to work in England after a long period of illness, so that it’s easier for Hasan to get a visa to come and live with me.
    Your blog makes me chuckle and brings back memories of living in Turkey and all that goes with it.

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  62. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve very much enjoyed reading about your honeymoon saga – thanks for sharing! I went to Turkey years ago and loved it, but somehow my travels have never taken me back that way. One day…

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  63. Hi
    Thank you so much for a) finding my blog (don’t yet understand know how??!) and b) being the FIRST PERSON to like it!! LOL! Am a fumbling, stumbling novice blogger and don’t really have a clue what I’m doing, yet – but great to start connecting with like-minded travel-lovers. You seem to be a natural writer, and your blog is lovely to look at and intriguing to read. Keep it up – your ‘near-miss wedding’ was clearly meant to lead you to this!

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  64. Your writing and story telling is addicting….thanks for sharing your life. Interested to know how it goes now that you are back in the UK. Your ex sounds like a real ditwad! I love that you gave him some change and a piece of your mind. Be strong!

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  65. Just found you!!! So excited to follow. I, too, am with a Turkish man who has, as you so very perfectly put it, the rhythm of a Turtle. 🙂

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  67. Don’t ask me why, but i never read this before and have to say I am totally bowled over! Hope your beloved appreciates his good fortune (and you yours!) 😀

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  69. im also a 30 something single girl…haha and understand your excitement in the same situation. thanks for liking my post on nturkey and wish you all the best with your entertaining and hilarious stories!

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  70. Your blog sounds really cool! I’m excited to check it out and looking forward to reading about your adventures – very inspirational! Thanks for checking mine out and please follow on Twitter if interested – @holliegraceanne. Happy blogging!!!

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  71. Our stories have some similar plot lines except I got downsized from my marriage of 16 year with a phone call. I ended up in Turkey and no one would believe the rest. Unless of course you have been there. I live in two worlds and my heart has two homes. When I’m in Canada I’m skyping to Turkey and when I’m in Turkey I’m always looking for an internet cafe to catch up and send updates:” Yes I’m OK. No, I didn’t feel the earthquake. No, I’m not drinking from the tap. No, no one has asked me to deliver a suspicious package. No, I haven’t converted. Yes you saw a photo of a mob in the street. They were lined up for the iPhone 5.” Don’t mess with the Turks and their cell phones.
    I’m new to your blog and really looking forward to coming along for the ride.

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    • Admittedly its very hard having a foot in one place and your heart in another but I do so love Turkey and consider myself fortunate to have experienced the adventure even though it was an unfortunate incident that took me there but as the Turks say “Insallah

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  72. This about page is simply fantastic-I love your tone of writing about your past man. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say!

    And besides…who wouldn’t rather be living with a dream boat in Turkey?!

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  73. There’s a book in there somewhere. I’m so glad you took that leap of faith. I’ve done that recently myself in a bit of a different manner entering into a relationship with a younger man. So I’m delighted to see I’m in good company when it comes to taking the chance of a lifetime.

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  74. Thanks so much for the follow – I’m so pleased (and flattered) to be followed by someone whose writing and humour I admire so much! [end obsequious compliments]

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  75. This is the craziest/coolest story I have come across. I’m jealous that you were brave enough to take such a big leap and I’m sure enter into a unforgettable adventure if nothing else! Very admirable : )

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  76. Thanks for liking my post 😀 I was also in Turkey for half a year and went here and there. Reading your story reminds me a bit of my life over there (of coz it’s not as cool :D). Thank you and keep going! ^^

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  77. Thanks for the like of my blog post. I am actually saving up right now for a trip to Istanbul and the more Northern parts of Turkey. It would be my second time to Turkey and I love it there!

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      • I am shooting for spring time, but warm enough to swim. And I would regret it forever if I didn’t blog about it! Last time there was so much I took away mentally from the trip and I can’t wait to delve a little deeper. I also hope to slink over to a nearby country, maybe Georgia or somewhere with a less beaten path. Maybe I could get in touch for some recommendations etc?

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  78. You’re going to have an amazing time; I’ve been to some of the remote mountain villages in the east and that was an unforgettable experience. I’m not too familiar with the north of the country but I have lots of friends I can ask for you! So please keep in touch

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  79. Thanks for liking my blog. It’s wonderful that a humble little cat
    and a blog can bring about a connection between people on opposite sides of the world.

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  80. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to read a bit! I find your writing style to be very entertaining. While it is a sad tale about you ex-fiance and ex- (I’m assuming) friends, at least they got you to where you are now with true happy memories and chatting it up with people all over the world! In my book, that’s a definite upgrade from a shady guy 🙂

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  81. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Single Shot Sundays is one of my fave posts to do. I see I’m going to have to spend a little time over here. Love your writing style. Cheers!

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  82. Your words gave me a good belly laugh (Jimmy Choos…) and on a serious note, inspired. Congrats at taking what life dishes and relishing in it. A friend once said to me during a time of despair, ‘What is for you won’t go by you’ and another favourite that I constantly live by, ‘When tragedy strikes your life, you can choose to be one of two things, bitter or better: I choose better… Cheers, Jen 🙂

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    • I love both of those mantra not entirely sure I wasn’t a bit bitter for a while though! My journey was completely accidental but you’ve got to take those chances when you are presented with them. Lovely to hear from you!

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      • Bitter for awhile is perfectly fine… were allowed to get mad and maybe jump up and down on Jimmy or possible stomping them into a grotty, shitty, ugly Turkish toilet!
        Love accidental journey’s, they often lead you to where you should always have been. 🙂

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  83. Hey!!!

    I am currently making my way through your blog from the beginning – I LOVE it!!! I know there are tons of blogs on wordpress, but I really connect with yours! Do you have an e-mail or anything?! I would be cool to have a sort of penpal! Let me know! Thanks!

    P.S. I hope this doesn’t sound too creepy! Hahahahahah! I just find your blog inspiring, and even though I’m living in the city in which I grew up, I may as well be in some other country, as I find friendships are scarce!

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    • I don’t think there was much commonsense involved – I needed to get away and a once in a lifetime opportunity presented itself. But I wouldn’t have changed a thing if I had to do it all over again – you can’t ask for much more than that

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  84. Okay . . . you stopped by my blog and I had to check out a blog with a name like “Crazy Train to Tinky Town.” What a delight to find you. I chuckled my way through your latests post. And, I see lots of familiar faces here. I’m hopping on the train!

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  85. So glad you stopped by and liked my post because now I have stumbled across you! Love your About page and your sense of humor is fabulous. Looking forward to following your blog and seeing how you are doing in “Tinky Town”. Best of luck, you’re on an adventure of a lifetime!

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  86. I will have a whole month to read your complete blog whilst away – dont give up on your dream and good riddance to this awful cheating character you were going to marry. Dont worry, he will get his come-uponce in his life for sure. Will send you email shortly. Big hug for now – ciao Carina

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    • Everyone calls me Dallas (it’s Debbie really but some little tyke at school got hold of his Dad’s porn film collection and the rest is history) and yes I am in England earning some money to go back to Turkey in the spring (fingers crossed)

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  87. Cheers to you! Although I’m sorry to hear about your ex-fiancés douchebaggery, I congratulate you for turning your trip to Turkey into a doorway to adventure. My thirties are definitely shaping up to be far more interesting than my twenties – we should swap road stories sometime! 🙂

    Looking forward to keeping up with your blog. Happy holidays!

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    • I love the phrase “douchebaggery”! I am learning new stuff every day and I promised myself when I started this, I was just going to embrace every new experience that life threw at me which is what I’m doing. I look forward to hearing more about your road trips – you have me intrigued now! Have a happy & safe holiday

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  88. Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I know you get loads of awards so it’s up to you whether you want to join in or not but as one of my absolute favourite blogs I couldn’t leave you out of my first chance to share an award! See my blog for details!

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  89. I’ve just been reading through some of the pages on your blog and it is wonderful. I loved “Kiss me and Smile for Me” post. It is beautifully presented as well. A very Happy New Year to you and I look forward to reading more in the coming months.

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  90. Hi. Good luck on your “surprise” adventure. I am in a similar situation, only it is the intricate web of a husband’s lifelong dream coupled with his desire to get out of the rat race before he gnawed someones face off. I decided it was also my own opportunity to “check out” of my longtime routine which had me avoiding and procrastinating most of my creative processes. So glad you checked my blog and I found your adventure. I look forward to all good things for both of us!

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  91. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope your Turkish adventures are fruitful. I have never been, but lived in Germany for a year and had a turkish next door neighbor…came to love their coffee as a result!

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  92. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you come by again soon. Also, I love your story (not the ex-fiance ditching you part, though!). Keep on keepin’ on and best of luck on your travels!

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  93. Wow I’m impressed! Girl got grit! So glad to hear you chose to live instead of mourning. You write brilliantly, I really like your style and sense of humor. This is perhaps a lesson to me in how to get this right and your following speaks for itself. Thanks. I hope we’ll continue to visit each other’s sites. Good luck.

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  94. I have to say I think you are awesome for taking such a risk! Sometimes I think myself of packing up and moving into a different country to just see a different life that I live right now…you’re courageous and funny and I wish you the best of luck in our future endeavors. I cannot wait to read more 🙂

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    • It was a moment of madness and a chance to do something different as life had been a little unkind to me but I don’t regret it for an absolute minute. Where do you think you would like to live if you had the opportunity?

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      • That is really inspiring to hear how you turned a negative time in a life to an adventure. I always wanted to go to France and really learn french cuisine especially the pastry arts. I love french cuisine and learning first hand would be such an awesome experience. Even if it is for a couple months its something I would love to pursue.

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  95. What a delightful introduction to you, a person who has taken her life into her own hands and is loving it. Hats off to you. Life fully. Enjoy your passion for living.

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  96. Sounds like I am repeating everyone else but glad you stopped by my site or I may not have found you. I am really looking forward to following your adventure. Great writing 🙂

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  97. I rarely come across a blog that has nothing to do with satisfying my stomach that I immediately love. Thanks for liking my new bog, otherwise I would have missed your fabulous one! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, I’m currently looking after my recuperating parents and still working nightshifts so I do hope that you’ll forgive me if it takes me a while to get to it but nevertheless, it is very much appreciated

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  99. I just read your “Honeymoon” stories from beginning to end– couldn’t stop! Have you got a book or screenplay deal yet?! Looking forward to following your stories– take care, and good luck with everything!

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    • Oh bless you unfortunately I’m still stacking shelves not exactly sure where to start with the wonderful world of publishing as I started this when I was a Billy No Mates and got caught up in all the banter, recipes, cocktail & otherwise, stories and pictures – thank you for your kind words, they made my morning after another dire night shift

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  100. I’m sorry to hear about the fiancé,,,, dunno how long ago this happened to you,,,but still I wanna say that it’s a good thing u didn’t end up marrying him,,,goodluckkkk to your ex bestfriend she centainly will need it lol. better have less friends than be surrounded by hundred of snakes. Sometimes things like this happens only to push us in the right direction. By the way you write, it seems you are a strong person with a sense of humor. Stay lovely as you are. Xoxo

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    • I like to think I will always try and see the funny because I don’t think when you’re in a bad place you can do anything else. But I think you are right someone was looking out for me on the that day and saved me – thank you for all your kind words it’s so appreciated

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  101. Hello. Thank you for the like. I’ve enjoyed visiting your blog and your writing, which seems to come natural for you! Hope to come back and read more on Honeymoon Stories.

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  102. hey tinky,
    we miss your posts…. hoping your trip is going well and you find an internet cafe soon so you can share more of your wonderful stories. most importantly we hope you are happy and having a fantastic time.
    be well :), O and OM.

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  104. My “This is India” seems close to your “Sokay its Turkey”. Glad to see someone else going through similar events as myself. Love the toilet post. Indian toilets are the same and my balance is not what it once was! Can’t wait to read more!

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  105. Hi read your blog via voices , really enjoyed it , love your sense of humour . I can relate to some of the stuff too. Like you I too hooked up with a Turk, it wasnt easy to start with , our cultures being so different but we have been happily married for 10 years now. We live in the uk but have a holiday home in Altinkum ( going in 2 weeks woo hoo) and also have visited other parts of Turkey to see relatives . I’m totally with you about the toilets ! Can’t wait for you to write some more.

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    • Thank you so much; I’m touched you took the trouble comment. Your story gives me hope particularly on those days when there seems to be so many obstacles standing in your way. Have a fabulous holiday; I’m really envious as I’m back in the UK at the mo and really missing Turkey

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  106. Hey! You have some fascinating stories and I’ve really enjoyed reading some of your posts. I plan on continuing to read through your Turkish tales, and thank you for stopping by my blog. I incidentally live in the UK at the moment, I guess we have some common ties. UK & Turkey!

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  107. I love your attitude…..how can you not succeed…..
    You have wonderful style of writing……easy to read and joyful…….
    Thanks for visiting my site……I’ll be coming back to yours…..

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  108. Hi! Thanks for visiting my page! I started reading your engaging stories, and I must say you have such a great sense of humor. I love your style of writing! Will continue to come back and read more!

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  109. Well, this was a fun read.
    I worked at Tesco once upon a time. In Chester. Saturday job.
    Now that was a few moths ago!
    Live in the southern hemisphere these days, Johannesburg.
    I’ll trawl around your blog a bit….

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  110. How come have I discovered your blog just now? What wonderful stories you’ve written! I’ve got lots of stories to catch up on. Thank you for making me chuckle and laugh. Life is unpredictable, which is the fun part of it, too.

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  111. Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Wonderful Team Readership Award. Whether or not you choose to accept the award please know how much I appreciate your continued support as a reader of my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom.” … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

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  113. Superb blog! For reasons that are only too obvious (see “In search of unusual destinations”. Glad you like it, by the way), I’ve been immersing myself in the posts about Turkey. Although a male, I’d worked out just how dreadful every visit to a squatty loo must be for females (coz the visits ain’t that great for males, either. I refer above all to the dirt n the pongs, of course). I’m not long back from the remote and sparsely populated mountains of Turkish Kurdistan where, thankfully, I could occasionally do numbers one and two in the fresh air with panoramic views of extraordinary beauty! The sheep and the goats found it most amusing (but I’m sure the local hocas would have disapproved). All good wishes, Phil.

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    • I laughed like a drain to this! I hate the squatty potties and I have a big respect for our Turkish sisters that can manage it whilst wearing skinny jeans whilst I am just not that bendy. I stay in the mountain village of Karatut from time to time so I completely understand your panormaic toilet views but despite all the convenience issues Turkey does have a magic all of its own

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  115. Thank you for liking my post, I hope there was something from my list that you both can enjoy! I’m glad that you’ve found your true love, I have too, and hope that in time many who wants to, can do so too. God bless you both.

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  116. I clicked on a link in East of Malaga’s blog because I liked the name of your blog. I think I will follow and do some reading on this, my sick day (woke up not feeling so good so called in sick to work). I’m sorry to hear about the cad who might have been your husband. good riddance I say!! Nice to meet you. I’m off to start your honeymoon stories now 🙂

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  117. Hi! Author Dana Ellington Myles here to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Very Lovely Blog Award! To accept your award, just nominate five other bloggers, and post seven things about yourself you’d like to share here with your readers. :-).

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  118. I did exactly the same when my partner died.. and here I am twenty, yes twenty years later with my very own Kimlik and a Turkish husband…

    Kendin Iyı bak…..xxxxx

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