Thursday, 27 September 2012
Yesterday morning I needed to go into Milas to pay our monthly health insurance at the bank. I decided to get the 8.40am bus from the village but when I reached the bus stop, lo and behold, the bus timetable had changed. No 8.40am bus. I'd missed one at 8.30 so had to wait until 9.15 for the next one.
When the bus reached Milas, everyone got off in the centre and I was the only passenger remaining. I needed to go to the bus station because it's closer to the banks. Only it isn't now. Why? Because they've moved the bus station. It's now far away from the centre, in an area that I hadn't visited before. I have no sense of direction. It takes me ages to find my way around and I tend to stick to areas that are familiar.
I asked the driver to point me in the direction of the banks...which he did. It was quite a walk and I felt completely lost. I was so busy concentrating on the roads and buildings around me that I failed to notice a hole in the pavement and down I went. Heavily. I twisted my leg and it's painful. Fortunately I was wearing jeans. I grazed my knee but without jeans on, it could have been worse.
At last I came to a road I recognised and carried on limping to the bank. After queuing for some time, the security guard asked me what I was there for. When I explained, he said the system had changed and I could now pay my health insurance via a newly installed ATM outside the bank. He very kindly showed me how it worked, so at least that will save me time in future.
My mobile phone just will not charge anymore. I took it to the shop where I bought it, secondhand, several months ago. I decided to change it for a new one this time, with a 2 year guarantee. I don't need a phone with cameras and gadgets, which Mr A always tries to convince me I must have. I just need to text and make calls. The man showed me a Samsung which is so easy to use, even I can manage it. It was priced at 150 lira (about £50). I could have bought the same model cheaper in England, but as you need to register a foreign phone in Turkey to avoid it being blocked, and that costs 100 lira, it's swings and roundabouts really. Surprisingly the man in the phone shop gave me 80 lira for my useless phone so the new phone only cost 70 lira.
So that was a change I was quite happy with!