....to talk about the weather. We like to complain if it's too hot, or too cold, or too wet.
The Turks don't seem to talk about it much. They just get on with it. They are used to the drastic climate changes and don't feel the need to discuss it. But we have to talk about it endlessly.
Sometimes when I am out in the village and pass someone I say hello and how are you. They respond accordingly. I might add something like "It's very hot" or "It's very cold" and they just look at me as if I'm mad. They nod and smile. They humour me. In winter we say "roll on summer". In summer we say "roll on winter". We never seem to be satisfied.
So...it's hot here at the moment. Extremely hot and unbearable and I am finding it difficult to cope. We have one air conditioning unit that is broken. Two attempts have been made to fix it with no success. I am stuck in a very hot house with a ceiling fan in the bedroom which just circulates the hot air. I get up very early to clean out the dogs areas and half-heartedly do some housework, but by 7.30am I am hot and exhausted.
I have tried sitting outside in the evening or early morning but over the past couple of days I have been bitten unmercifully by mosquitoes, so it's back inside the hothouse. If I had a swimming pool (or even a large paddling pool) I probably wouldn't feel so bad tempered.
I envy those on holiday here who can sit by a pool, relax with a cold drink, and take a dip to cool off. It's very different living here.
So there we have it. A whole blog post about the weather. Roll on winter.