“Where exactly is your next housesit?”
“Dalyan, Turkey”, [me]
“Did you say Turkey? Isn’t that close to Syria where the terrorists come from?.”
“There are Muslims there, not sure about the terrorists”, [me]
You get the drift of a few recent conversations with people naturally concerned for our welfare, and we love them for their concern, though we don’t feel unsafe going. Unfortunately, this is a typical conversation with people who have not been to Turkey and have been inundated with hyped up media reports.
Others who have ventured over or live there, literally rave about the place. Then there are those passionate travellers who are yet to experience it and love to read other’s experiences until their time comes to go themselves.
What a mixture of reactions.
Read this article for a tongue in cheek view: https://slowtravelbooking.com/why-turkey-is-not-a-safe-country-to-travel/
More importantly, we are housesitting for a lovely couple and their animals. It would be an understatement to say we are looking forward to our new adventure to Turkey. It’s a culture we had not had much to do with, unless you class munching on some Turkish Delight and other mouth-watering morsels over the years, not to mention those times when it seemed okay to order a large kebab at the end of a night out. So no we have not as yet experienced Turkey culture.
Though we have not long to go, and we will be there!. As it’s about that time for us to catch a plane to Dalaman. The next morning we pick up our hire car and head off to Dalyan to drop our larger suitcases at our next housesit. Have a chat and a cuppa with Liz and Dave. Then we are on our way to enjoy a week’s road trip before they head off for a holiday to another destination.
Don’t go away as I will be back soon to share our enjoyable time housesitting in the Cotswolds where we had the privilege of looking after Barty and his feline siblings, then share our road trip.
P.S. In the meantime I will be updating my Instagram regularly: https://www.instagram.com/globalhousesitterx2/