After overcoming some pretty major life challenges during the past 11 months, I was finally able to put my plan into place and relocate to Turkey. There were a few heart-stopping delays along the way - the retina in my second eye detached, requiring two additional rounds of surgery - but I was given the "all clear for travel" from my Ophthalmologist and Optometrist and hopped on a plane last week.
First, I flew from Calgary to Toronto, where I spent an evening saying farewell to my parents. As thrilled as I am to be on this adventure, it was a difficult parting. My parents are strong and healthy, but I always worry that each visit might be our last.
The 14-hour flight from Toronto to Istanbul was awesome - I upgraded my ticket to Executive Class on Turkish Airlines. No waiting in lines. No wailing children. Delicious food and unlimited drinks. Fully reclining seats with leg rests. Plus real blankets, and a cute little swag bag with a toothbrush, cosmetics, slippers and an eye shade.
It was an overnight flight, so I slept through most of the journey, but it was fabulous to have a comfortable and uninterrupted sleep. I now know how the rich and famous always look fresh and relaxed after a long flight!
I enjoyed a week of "vacation" in Istanbul and flew to Fethiye today. This will be home base for me, and my eventual business.
Home "Suite" Home / Home Sweet Home
With a friend's help, I rented a tiny apartment within a few hours of arriving in Fethiye. It's a furnished suite, with one bedroom, a combined kitchen / living room, a bathroom with enclosed shower, and a MARVELOUS view of the Mediterranean. I've got Wi-Fi installed on my phone, so will need to seek a more permanent solution shortly. But for now, I've got everything a girl needs in life.
Even though it's November, there are oranges, pomegranates, avocado, lemons and a multitude of flowers growing in the garden.
My Canadian friends and family will be envious of my new digs because winter has just launched itself full force in most of North America. Fortunately, there are two fold-down couches, so I have "plenty" of room for guests.
The entire suite is about twice as big as my room at the Best Western where I lived for 9 months after the house fire. It's a clean cosy place and I'm happy to call it "home" for as long as necessary.
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