So, one of the major bummers about living abroad is that you don’t get to spend holidays with your family, unless you’ve been saving up money and vacation time.
Cause that’s the crap part about having an adult-person job. No summer. Since I was a teacher last year, this is the first one I’ve spent since 1994 without a summer break. I don’t know why adults have no pity for the recently graduated, when they totally went through the same thing. For 16 years I’ve been able to take a nice two-month break from “normal life.” That doesn’t mean I spent my summers doing nothing — it just meant I spent my summers doing something different. But now I see an endless stretch of “job.”
Luckily, I like mine.
Since I couldn’t visit the fam, I took as much advantage of my “Summer Break” as possible and spent a very happy Eid holiday camping on the beach, exploring Çanakkale with a friend, swimming and walking and ferrying and eating sausage by a fire and all that great stuff of summer.
Here’s something you may not have known: Troy, as in the Trojan War’s Troy (or Brad Pitt’s, depending on who you are), is in Çanakkale, Turkey, not Greece.
Bayraminiz Kutlu Olsun to you, Turkey. And a Happy Eid to the rest of ya!