Sunday, 22 November 2009
No such thing as isolation here!
The weather is glorious at the moment. Temperatures during the day are in the 70sF, so there was no excuse for me not to get out and get some fresh air.
So I set off for the village and the bus to Milas.
I've seen no-one but my two immediate neighbours for the past two weeks, so it was with some surprise (and pleasantly so) to come across several village women on my way to the bus stop, who in turn greeted me, asked how I was, told me to take care and to get well soon. I had similar comments on the bus from people from the next village, who I often see on my trips into Milas.
I spent a short time in Milas before catching the bus home. The bus driver greeted me with "Hoş geldiniz" which means welcome, but is normally used when someone returns from a trip, asked me if England was good, and also said "Geçmis olsun"...get well soon.
So it would seem that news travels pretty efficiently around here. It doesn't come as a big surprise. I experienced this a little when I lived in Goreme. It's the way Turkish people are. Some might consider it nosiness, but I have learned that it's more about the way they take an interest in each other and that they care about those around them.
I have to admit to feeling exhausted on my return home, but at the same time I was very happy to learn that I don't, as I thought, live in isolation here. It's a very comforting feeling. These are people I don't really know, but it has made me realise one thing. That I will make much more of an effort in the future to get to know them better.