We loved our time in Asia, Africa and Europe – but we were hitting a wall.
We weren’t tired of the sights and new places, rather the actual travel itself. We were coming up on eight months of consecutive travel and Europe really felt on-the-go. So, when we arrived in Turkey for our second house sitting job (check out our Bali gig HERE) we were looking forward to a break from moving around. What started as a “job” turned into what felt like a vacation from traveling!
We spent the first three days in Uzumlu learning the ropes of the house and dogs from Gary (the owner), as Gail had already gone to Australia. The first night we were able to head into the village to meet some of the ‘locals’. However, we were quickly informed these locals weren’t actually Turkish, they were Brits. As it turns out, the village we stayed in is hugely popular for British expats to retire.
It was a Friday when we arrived and Gary thought it would be fun to grab a drink and meet the ‘locals’. Friday night is dart night at one of the local bars and we were invited to step in and play immediately. We had such a great time, we went out each of the subsequent Friday nights to play darts and hang out with the group. On our last Friday in town, Alana even won the final dart game, beating me in the finals. Nicely done Alana.
As mentioned above, the group of local expats were super welcoming and really fun. They extended invitations to us to join many of their weekly activities, which usually involved physical activity of some kind, which was great. Our favorite was hiking from Faralya to Oludeniz. It was a 4+ hour, 15 km hike that gave us some amazing views and a pretty good workout!
I’m pretty sure we found our retirement location, as long as we can get those goats out of our future house. 🙂
Another activity we really loved was hiking about 30 minutes North of Uzumlu on one Sunday morning. The hike was beautiful, but our favorite part of the day was the traditional Turkish breakfast we took part in once we finished.
We really wanted to enjoy a local Turkish breakfast, so this was the perfect opportunity. The company was wonderful and the food was outstanding! It consisted of a number of small plates with a variety of different foods. Warm Turkish bread was set on table that you would use to dip or apply the different foods to, my kind of meal. I am dipper and this is my preferred method of eating, just ask Alana about my chips and salsa/cheese addiction.
One of the absolutes we wanted to do during our time in Turkey, was to get out on the Mediterranean Sea. Fethiye was only a 20 minute drive from Uzumlu, but we weren’t sure how to best get on the water. Once again, our group of friends hooked us up and set up a boat trip for a day. It was a full day on the water, including a fabulous lunch for about $33 per person. It was a perfect day and the weather permitted us to jump in the water at a number of stops along the way.
Home cooked meals again! We had been looking forward to this since we stepped foot in Europe.
Having some routine in our life again felt great. We love the nomadic lifestyle, but it can wear on a person and knowing exactly what each day held was refreshing.
Walk the dogs
Lay by the pool
Walk the dogs
As with our first house sitting job, the hardest part about leaving was saying goodbye to the animals. We really enjoyed the dogs and after spending a month with them, you start to learn all their personalities and quirks. Reggie is the lazy one, Hank is the sweet one, Vernie is the boss, Marv is the bomb, and Chika is crazy. A perfect group that somehow gets along and made us laugh every single day. We miss these guys like crazy.
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