Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Well I'm still waiting for my new grandson to put in an appearance. Yesterday was due date, and in spite of a few signs or false alarms, he hasn't arrived yet.
While I'm here in England, I tried to renew my passport, but the process was far too complicated, so it will now have to wait until I return home, and then be sent off to Dusseldorf. I guess I was concerned about this new system at first, but I've now discovered that it's actually quite straightforward after all.
I also decided while I'm here to talk to the CAB to get some advice about my credit card debt, and the best way to deal with it. You may recall that I approached the bank direct asking them to reduce the interest rate, but with no luck. I then spoke to them on the phone in February and they blocked my credit card, at the same time still refusing to reduce the interest, but they eventually reduced the monthly minimum payment for a period of 4 months. It hasn't been very helpful and the CAB agree with me. I saw them for a preliminary assessment yesterday and have a further appointment with them next week, when they will approach the bank on my behalf to see what can be done.
And finally, just before I left for England last week, Mr A and I had time to discuss our plans for this year. We weighed up our priorities. Number One is for him to be in a secure job for which he gets a regular salary. The job in Kusadasi seems to fit the bill. The possible job in Bodrum is unpredictable. The Kusadasi job started in March and will continue until the end of October. The Bodrum job starts mid-May and will probably finish early September. So the Kusadasi job it is.
We know this means spending more time apart. We don't want to waste money on renting an apartment in Kusadasi for me to stay there all season, and its not practical for Mr A to attempt to come home every day. However, we are working on ways that it will be possible for us to see each other at least once a week. We're going to give it a try and see how it goes. I know that I need to adapt more than I have. Turkish wives are used to husbands working away for half of the year, and then having them home for the winter months. It's something I have been used to before we moved to this village, when we lived in areas where I had friends and a social life. It's more difficult in the village, but not impossible to achieve if I make a little more effort.
Of course it's easy to feel positive about these arrangements, while I'm here in England, and the village seems a million miles away, but I'll give it my best shot.
Oh and while I think of it...it seems that the Blogger ban in Turkey has been lifted. I wouldn't have noticed while I was in the UK of course, but at least when I return home, it's one less thing to have to wait for!