You? Here? How? Why?
“How did you, a single Canadian woman (with absolutely no relevant skills or training), end up owning a private yacht charter business in Turkey?”
Oh, they may phrase it differently, but it’s a question that guests ask. Every. Single. Time.
Earlier this week we hosted 15 little old ladies from the UK. Not regular passengers, just travellers looking for a safe and quiet spot to wait during their 8-hour layover in Fethiye. These ladies were wonderful guests. Friendly, smart, chatty, undemanding, and… hard of hearing. Which means I got to answer the same question 15 times!
As you might imagine, my story starts with an epic holiday in Turkey. My friend Janice kept a blog of the trip, which outlined all the important details, so I won’t repeat them here. What she didn’t include in the story was a brief exchange we had in Marmaris.
We had just disembarked from the high-speed ferry and set foot on Turkish soil for the first time. “I am meant to be here,” I blurted as I was overcome by a tremendous feeling of belonging. Normally, I’m quite grounded – not given to whoo-hoo, out there, flights of fancy. Janice was stunned by my admission, but she wasn’t nearly as surprised as I.
The trip was magic! I connected, explored, and experienced in ways I never had in Canada (or anywhere else). Turkey touched a part of me that I’d never felt before. And I liked it!
During our journey home a few weeks later, we talked about returning for another visit. Janice even raised the possibility of investing in a gulet so we could return for holidays each year.
I had a full time job, and was busy living life as a single woman on a large acreage in rural Alberta. The idea of gulet ownership and a Mediterranean lifestyle was appealing, but the realities of life quickly took over. How in the world could I make it happen?
Life threw me some challenges
Well, a series of devestating events took place that completely changed my life. I’ve described them elsewhere in the blog, so won’t go into the details here. In short, I was no longer able to live my old life. It was time to create something new.
My criteria for a new life
- Possible with extremely limited vision – blind as a bat!
- Lets me travel – lots!
- Challenges me – can’t be boring!
- No winter – winter sucks!
After several months of reflection and planning, I moved to Turkey and established Arkadaslik Yachting. It wasn’t easy, and I’m sure I’ve made some (many???) bad decisions and mistakes along the way. But, in three short years, I’ve created a new life for myself with a home, a family and a business I’m proud of.
That’s the short answer to how I ended up living the life I have. Do you have questions? Let me know and I’ll do my best to give you answers.
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