I have spent the last week of my vacation in Çıralı with the family. Çıralı is a small village in a rural area near Antalya. We have been spending a week in this place every year for a long time. We always stay at the same bed and breakfast place Yavuz Hotel which is run by a family who we became friends with.
I have spent a few days in Istanbul, which was enough to feel the vibes of the city. Every time I am in Istanbul, regardless of the number of days I stay, I get a feeling that I am in a flow that I have no control of. It is nice in a way that everything is happening around me and it keeps me busy, but I have to over-plan everything to manage the things I am supposed to do.
I have been in Arsuz, Iskenderun since last Saturday, where I am staying at my grandmother’s summer house by the seaside, with her and my aunt. This is the place I have spent all my summers since I was 15.
I am finally taking some days off for my summer vacation. I preferred not to do that until now, since I am going to be in Turkey, and it is extremely hot for me during July and August. As I do every year, I have been working during the summer – while all my colleagues were gone, which is pretty boring. Now though, it is time for me to disappear!
I was in Istanbul last week. Although it had been years since I moved to Sweden, every time I go back I feel like I have never left. I guess the biggest reason for that is because my family and friends are still there and I have a very strong connection with them. The great news was that Ezgi -my best friend- took some days off from work to spend time with me. She had a great plan to spend one of the days in Karaköy and Galata to visit some nice cafes and exhibitions together.
We spent a few days in Barış’s hometown Adana with his parents after one week in Çıralı. During our stay there we visited my uncle who was staying at his summer house at Mersin, which is a one-hour drive from Adana. We used to visit Mersin every summer in my childhood. On the road, while listening to Turkish pop music from 90’s, I thought about all those good days we spent with my cousins there. As soon as we arrived at their place, I remembered every single detail like it was yesterday.
We spent one week in Çıralı, as we do every year for our late summer vacation. The same hotel, the same dates, the same beach! I love this place and I don’t feel the need to be somewhere else to relax.