A Bit Of Me (Me) is a weekly blog event hosted by There's A Book. This weeks question is:
What's The Craziest Thing You've Ever Done?
In 1980 -1982, my husband was stationed at Incirlick, Turkey. At that time, he had the option to take his family for two years or to go alone for eighteen months. We decided that since the girls were just four and five, that this would be a great time in their life for adventure. Plus, I did not want to be apart for eighteen months.
After being there for a time, I began to feel comfortable enough that I would get on the Adali bus and go downtown Adana and do some shopping. I had some blouses made by a tailor that turned out awesome. All they did would take your measurements and a picture you had of what you wanted made and they could make it. So one day, I was feeling brave and thought that I would go there by myself. I knew that all I had to do was to find the little clock and the big clock.
Well, for some reason, I got myself turned around and here I am on a corner, map in hand and trying my best not to look lost. When all of a sudden I am surrounded by a group of men. Now, I had heard horror stories about women and Turkish men and of course, my fear kicked in. They all started talking to me and I could not understand a word they were saying. This went on for a few moments, when a young man came up and explained that they were trying to help me. What a relief! Never again did I try to go downtown Turkey by myself. I had learnt my lesson.
Also, I never had any bad experiences with any of the Turkish people while we were stationed there. I always found them to be honest and helpful. They just wanted to be treated with respect, just like we do. I am so glad to have had that opportunity. It was a once in a lifetime for our younger daughters.