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Thursday, 10 December 2015

NO SENSE OF DİRECTİON (or getting lost in Izmir)

I have never had any sense of direction...ever.   I lived in my home town for more than 40 years but still got lost on more than one occasion.

I set off for Izmir on the bus from Milas this morning.  I decided to take a taxi to the apartotel as from the reviews on Tripadvisor, it wasn't easy to find.  However I didn't bank on the taxi driver not knowing how to find it either.

I tried desperately to follow the route he was taking so that I could get my bearings, but once we hit Alsançak he hadn't a clue where he was going.  He stopped and asked people, he set off...got lost again, asked again...set off...got lost again, and so on.  A journey that should have taken about 20 minutes  maximum actually took almost an hour.

Eventually I booked in.  I  had reserved a standard double room but on special requests I had asked for a bath and also a smoking room.  To achieve both these requests I had been upgraded to an apartment, with a double bedroom, sitting room, kitchen, dining area and bathroom with an enormous bath.  All this at no extra charge!  The kitchen is equipped with a full sized fridge, pots and pans etc, so as I didn't want to be out after dark in an unfamiliar area, decided to find the nearest supermarket.

I got directions from reception and a map (at this point I would mention that maps are of no use to me at all...can't read them and they confuse me even more than I already am).

I found a Migros supermarket and bought a few things to eat for tonight and tomorrow night, and then I spotted a bottle of Prosecco!!!  I almost danced around the store.  I didn't think it existed in Turkey.  So I hesitated, because the price on the shelf said 45 lira...I hardly ever buy wine and if I do it's cheap plonk at around 9 lira a bottle.  Anyway I justified it because my friend had paid for my hotel, so I thought I would treat myself.  I was so busy getting anxious about finding my way back to the hotel that I didn't stop to think about how much my total bill was....more of that later.

I came out of Migros and headed back to the hotel (at least I attempted to head back) but I got hopelessly lost.  I had the number of the street, but there seemed to be no logical order to the street numbers.  I must have asked about 20 people where the hotel was and no-one knew.  I walked up and down the same street about 6 times, stopping to ask directions...but no-one could help.

Finally I went into another shop and asked and one of the customers said he knew where I needed to go so he kindly escorted me all the way to the hotel.  The kindness of Turkish people never fails to amaze me.

I am meeting my friend Maxine tomorrow to spend the day with her.  She is flying tonight.  I am very much looking forward to catching up with her again.  But if you are by some chance reading this Maxine, please please come and find me tomorrow morning.  I don't dare set foot outside again on my own or I could be lost for days.

Oh and the bottle of Prosecco....when I checked the receipt it was a hell of a lot more than I thought.  So much so that I am too embarrassed to say.  I phoned Kaya and told him, explaining that I would take it back to the shop tomorrow.  He told me not to be so silly and that I should just enjoy it.  Of course I feel guilty, but he did a lot to make me feel less so.

So now I am going to have a long hot soak in the enormous bath, followed by a glass or two of wine and some food.

Hope you are all having a good evening wherever you are.

12 comments:

  1. Exciting! I pride myself on my sense of direction - although I do occasionally get myself completely lost. If I had even a sip of Prosecco, I'd definitely be stuck!! I do hope you enjoy the bottle and that you have a great time with Maxine. I'm sure you will - sounds like you've found a pretty good place to stay lost in! Axxx

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    1. I used to panic if I got lost Annie but am so used to it now that I know somehow I will find my way back. After all the hotel wasn't going anywhere, so I'd get there eventually! The prosecco is perfect and so is the hotel...long soak in the bath and heating...a far cry from my village life xx

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  2. Enjoy that wine and I am sorry you got lost, but I don't understand how the taxi driver could be so lost. It is his job to know where to go. Enjoy the hotel!

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    1. Well my husband did say that taxi drivers never get lost...but I guess there's always an exception.

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  3. Ahhh ....sorry you got lost. But do enjoy your wine, I've never seen Prosecco in Izmir either.My husband always gets wine from Sirinc. Tooo bad I'm not in Izmir you could have come over to our apartment. Enjoy your time in Izmir...I miss it as I'm not going again this summer...daughter is in her last year in Brighton and no travel for us...way to expensive.

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    1. We'll meet up one of these days I'm sure. It's expensive keeping a daughter at university, but well worth it. Can't believe she is in her last year. Doesn't time go quickly?

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  4. You must have been tired...that doesn't help.
    Enjoy the Prosecco....last time I visited mother she and her friends had discovered it and were lashing in to it like lemonade - which is what they pretended to think it was!
    I made sure not to put a spanner in the works....

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    1. Oh love it that your mother has discovered Prosecco. Long may she enjoy it.

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  5. Hope you've had a great time in Izmir and the Prosecco took the edge off getting lost.

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    1. Oh yes the prosecco really helped. I've had a wonderful time thankyou xx

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  6. I agree with Kaya. You deserved that prosecco, however expensive it was. I'm sure you had a wonderful time in Izmir, even if your bump of direction seems t be missing in action. :)

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    1. I really enjoyed the break P. And the prosecco! Kaya bought me a bottle for Christmas so am enjoying a glass now as I type xx

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