I popped into Milas this morning to deal with a few overdue chores. I needed to have a skirt taken in. The last time I was at the hairdressers I noticed a terzi (tailor) opposite the salon so I set off in that direction.
There are female tailors who make womens clothes and do alterations. And there a male tailors for the men. I have used male tailors in the past as they make very good trousers. Turkish tailors are amongst the best in the world, and they are very very cheap.
Anyway the terzi's shop was closed, but my hairdresser and his staff spotted me and came out to see if they could help. I explained what I needed done to my skirt and they promised to give it to the terzi when she arrived, and telephone me when it was ready....but before I left they insisted I sat down and had çay with them and share their breakfast. It's very rude to refuse Turkish hospitality...so of course I had to accept!
Half an hour later I set off for the bank, and decided to try to get my specs fixed on the way. I had them made in the UK on my last visit. Since then they had become very loose, and one of the tiny screws was missing. I popped into the first optician shop that I came across,where they spent the following 20 minutes replacing the screw, tightening the arms, and adjusting them to fit perfectly...not to mention giving them a through clean. And of course whilst I waited I was offered çay and a comfortable armchair. So with my perfectly fitting specs on my nose, I got out my purse to pay...and was immediately informed that there was absolutely no charge and it was their pleasure to be of service.
The bank was very busy, so I took my numbered ticket and sat down to wait, whereupon a young girl appeared with a tray of çay for the customers.
If you are shopping in Turkey you really have to have a strong bladder. Every shop you visit will insist you sit and drink çay. It's impossible to walk in...be served...and walk out again without being offered çay.
To round off this very pleasant morning, I went to check my postbox, only to find a package from a friend in England...6 packets of Birds custard.....wonderful!
And home...to a cup of coffee...I've had enough çay for today!