Personal Tuesday

I arrived in Istanbul ten days ago and things have been a bit manic ever since. Everything is new to me and I need to get used to a lot of things. I don’t speak Turkish but I am hoping to learn it. Until I am settled, I stick to what the staff ‘teaches’ me and what I can learn online at Babbel. Babbel actually turns out to be great for learning languages and so far I am impressed. Of course I know it doesn’t replace a traditional language school, but right now I can’t commit to it and I haven’t found something suitable. I am also trying to focus on getting fit in 2015, having found a Turkish Personal Trainer that speaks German well as he lived in Germany, but now moved to Istanbul to get married and start a family. I found a great gym, the Hillside City Club in Istinye Park and said Personal Trainer is starting there in January, so I can sign up there next week. Unfortunately, in Istanbul you can not sign up to the gym on a monthly basis, you have to pay upfront for either 6 or 12 months. Commitment, commitment!!!

Having moved to a new country just before Christmas was not easy. I am still struggling with the fact that everybody I love and care about is still in England. I also didn’t have much of a Goodbye party, so even though it never felt like I am actually leaving, I have. I am trying not to think about it too much and to make the most of it. After all, I moved to Istanbul for a reason. I wish I could say the weather is a lot better here and while it is, it’s currently snowing and raining here a lot. I know things are getting better and I am looking forward to it.

On Friday I started getting a sore throat, but things didn’t get better. In London I am never seriously ill. Yes, I might feel a bit under the weather and with children of course a lot more often than other people, but after a day or two I am always feeling well again. Right now I am actually ill and I went to the doctor today in Etiler to have my throat checked. Turns out I have a serious infection and I have been prescribed antibiotics. Hurrah! I cannot actually believe it. Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and I won’t be able to celebrate. After I didn’t do much for New Year’s Eve last year it just seems to be getting worse from year to year. The year before then, 2012 to 2013, I was jet-lagged after coming back from New York and actually had to force myself to stay up until midnight. At midnight I managed to drink half a glass of champagne and then fall asleep, only to be woken up by George at 5:30am who drank the rest of the champagne. I am telling you right now, next year on New Year’s Eve, I will be somewhere really exciting.

I am looking forward to my time in Istanbul and I am looking forward to have more time to blogging in 2015.


  1. January 2, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    I hope you get better soon!
    It's always hard at the start, but hang in there!

  2. January 3, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    I think New Year's Eve is totally underrated – I think the quiet ones are the best πŸ™‚ But happy new year! It looks like this one is going to be quite an adventure for you πŸ™‚

  3. Ines de Castro
    January 6, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    I've just found your blog and I think it's really inspiring, it will be an honor for me if you can visit mine too, and if you want to follow, it will be a pleasure to follow you back! πŸ™‚ <3!!

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