Sunday isn't the best day for dolmuş travel. The buses are less frequent, are usually packed with people visiting families, and seem to take twice as long to get to their destinations.
However, this Sunday, having been nowhere since I returned from England, I was anxious to get out of the house.
I decided to go over to Selçuk to visit Gwen (this is Gwen1 who looked after my dogs, not to be confused with Gwen2 who is married to Suleyman...I seem to have a number of friends called Gwen at the moment).
I left the house at 10.15 to pick up the dolmuş from the village at 10.30am to Milas. It was jam-packed with people. Mostly teenagers who I guess think that wandering around Milas for a couple of hours is more exciting than spending Sunday in this quiet village. Turkish teenagers are so polite and considerate. They don't rush for seats on the bus, they let adults go first. They help the elderly on to the bus with their shopping. They're lovely...a credit to their parents and I believe, the result of discipline in schools..something sadly lacking in many other countries.
I had a half hour wait in Milas for the bus to Soke. This is the longest part of the journey, but a picturesque one, especially the drive through Bafa, with the sun shining on the lake. But it's very uncomfortable on a dolmuş. The last time I came this way was when I visited Gwen2 in Aydin, on a large bus
From Soke, I caught the bus to Kusadasi, then changed again for the bus to Selçuk, arriving at Gwen's home just after 2pm.
Gwen had cooked lunch for us, and we spent an enjoyable few hours sitting out on her balcony in the sunshine.
Thankfully, Mr A had decided to travel home on Sunday so he collected me at 6.30pm and we did the return journey by car, which took just less than 2 hours.
After an hour pottering around the garden in the dark, and drinking coffee, Mr A returned to Kusadasi as he had an early start on Monday morning. I hardly see him these days, but it's probably just as well. He's depressed, bad tempered and tired, so not particularly good company.
I'm still wondering when FIL and grandad will be coming. I hate not knowing. I'm seriously considering taking the dogs over to Selçuk and staying with Gwen while they are here. I know it's the coward's way out, but it's tempting.