Altinkum-Didim-Turkey 

Summer 2009

cengiz was working in a restaurant called Everest.  I had just moved out to altinkum for the summer season to work hard and play hard. I’d just gotten out of a horrible dark relationship where I absolutely wasted 4 years of what was supposed to be the best years of my life.

I decided to go over to turkey for the summer to let everything go! Literally take my mind off all the stress and sadness I’d experienced over the previous few months.

My friend got a job working as admin within Everest and was doing the paperwork in the office, quite often she would go on breaks and was allowed to sit down with me and another friends for 15 mins to cool off as the temps where like high 40’s!!

sitting in a stiffy office was knackering and draining.

Anyway we’d all had a night out and this was the morning after, it’s safe to say we were pretty minging and hanging out of our a*ses!

Me and friend #1 walked down to Everest to meet friend #2 for a spot of breakie at the her work. We literally just arrived, sat down and there was a guy working there who was stunning!!

I mean I was totally off men for life at this point but I just couldn’t take my eyes off this bloke!  He engaged in eye contact with my and he was the same, neither of us seemed to be able to look away.  Our eyes were locked on each other and we both let out a shy smile. I stumbled as I went to sit down as abviously I was not looking where I was going because I could see was 2 pools of mesmerising beauty in the chiselled jaw and cheekboned gorgeous manly face!

Ok ok il reign in the cheese a little.

I sat down and finally managed to pull my eyes over to the menu. I suddenly felt really really hot and dizzy, Mr Beautiful came over and he looked so familiar, I felt like I’d met him before but I wasn’t sure when or where. He came over with a ice cold bottle of water and gently placed it on my forehead as he pushed my head back to rest on the back of my chair. He asked if I wanted a magic head massage to get rid of the hangover and tention.

I said go on then why not.

He gently placed his hands on my head and stroked my hair out of the way while pressing and running his fingers back and forth over my pressure points at the side of my head and at the front and top of my head. I felt so relaxed and I actually did feel better after he spent 5 minutes  massaging the hangover away.

He said to me “you’re katie” I said YES!!! How do you know?? He then said “ I have your number in my phone!” Of course I immediately shot him down and said “I don’t think so!” He then took his phone out of his pocket and after a few taps of the finger he put the phone to his ear…….waddya know, my phone bloody rang!!!!!

He told me I had him in my contact list on msn messenger but I don’t remember him or his screen name. He said one night we were talking and I told him i was having a few glasses of red and at the end of our 2 hours long talk I’d actually given him my number over messenger and told him to gimme a ring in the summer when I’m in Altinkum.

I mean wow that was seriously some strong wine!! I don’t remember any of it and I was convinced friend #2 had given him my number but even she didn’t have my number in her phone. To this day, I still can’t remember the wine convo!! Either way this really hot, drop dead gorgeous bloke had my number in his phone and that was alright by me!

I’m a shy person at heart but I just didn’t seam fazed by him.

Anyway we said our goodbyes after breakie and I said to him, “il see you later as we are coming to the restaurant/bar for pre-drinks (his and friends #2’s boss was taking us girls and a few of his staff over to the local big nightclub opening night. It was a red carpet, vip event with champers ect. Sadly Cengiz wasn’t there as he had to work.

At home I picked out the most sexiest dress I could find,

My wardrobe choice was quite limited as I had just had to fit 6 months worth of clothes and life’s needs into a 20kg suitcase as that’s all tc airline gave us and I certainly couldn’t afford the excess baggage.

Saying that though is actually just lost about 4 stone and I’d packed a lovely little salmon pink dress that was one shoulder and had a little peplum style waste. It showed just enough leg and a bit of shoulder without being over the top slutty! I battled the 40* heat and sweat my arse off while trying to scrunch my hair into a forced curl, using mousse and a hairdryer. I managed to finally get my make up to stick on after 3 applications because it just kept sliding off my face with the sweat. (Yeah real pretty NOT!)

we all me at my apartment and we downed a couple of pints of vodka and efes-beer…..yes you read that right! We would put a couple of shots of vodka in the bottom of a pint glass and then fill it with beer! (A bit like battery acid to be fair!) we managed to grab a lift in a friends van and he dropped us off at Everest. We walked in and again I stumbled through the door looking like a complete bellend! I’d caught Cens eye as he was up at the front of the bar dancing to 🎶 Free from desire 🎶 ohhhhhh yea!!! I was deffo feeling this!! My heart actually skipped a beat and my palms started to sweat as he smiled at me while in the middle of his dance with the other lads! (The bar lads wait and entertain. a bit of a mixed job description) we were only in there for about half hour but he smiled every time he passed which was nice. We got up and headed off to the club opening and had a great night.’I just couldn’t seem to get this guys smile out of my head!!!

Life went on and we enjoyed the coming days as I managed to land a job in a sweaty seedy new club down the bar front. It wasn’t “all that” but at the end of the day, it was a job and it paid the bills while it was also like a night out as we got to go around the venue taking drinks orders and collecting glasses while having a good drink and a dance ourselves!

About 2 days had gone by and I was started to see that seriously, tourism is filthy!!! British tourists and Turkish lads would literally park theirselves in the darkest corner of our club and have sex! I’m not even joking! Absolutely not shame!! Euuuwwwwwwww! I didn’t want to be working here too long lol! i didn’t want a disgusting reputation for myself! I mean I’m not a prude or snobby for that matter but I had a little respect for myself a good bit of dignity!

One night it was going sooooo slow! It was Monday night and that meant change over! Changeover was when all the flight went out and all came in, meaning as old customer left then new customers could come but you wouldn’t see them until Tuesday night as all the flights were late night/early hours. My friend #1 was working with me and she was behind the bar washing the glasses, I was the one taking drinks orders and taking her the dirty glasses. This was the worsed night EVER!!!

! I grabbed around 8 glasses, balancing them in my arms and of course I dropped one! I turned around to head back to the bars only to see a gorgeous sight in front of me!

He was here!!!! He was sat at the bar on a stool and he was sitting looking at me and smiling! I went straight over and literally chucked the glasses over to my friend and I smiled at Cen.

I asked him what he was doing here? He laughed and said “eh???” I said “what you doing here?” He then replied with. No no…..me no english!! I thought wtf is he on????!!!?? I just sat a few days ago and had a massive long convo with him! I was starting to think, oh god!!! He’s a weirdo! He’s actually going to turn out to be a proper weirdo!!! He was repeating himself “me not english!!!!! I said sort of laughed and said “ok then we’ll see you around then, bye!!!” I was absolutely gutted! The hot guy I couldn’t stop thinking about all this time just turned out to be another knob!!

I walked away and grabbed shaggy shaggy’s empty glasses from the dark corner and headed back over to the bar. He grabbed my arm, he then started laughing and said “I’m playing, I wanted to see you!” My heart stopped again! I felt the excitement run through my full body and my veins. Inside it was like a million fireworks went off inside my stomach! THE HOT GUY WANTED TO SEE MEEEEEEE!!

He sat there most of the night and in between doing my job we would chat about all sorts and laugh about nothing. He was such good company. We just clicked! He was so easy to talk to and he was actually really funny! I laughed none stop!

He asked if he could take me for something t eat when I finished work and could maybe give me a lift home! Of course I had to think about that….NOT HAHA! I finished work at 4:30am, we grabbed a kebab from next door to the club and he asked for it to be packed to take away! He then grabbed my hand and we walked over to his little blue motorbike (scooter) I got on the back and held on for dear life as he started the engine. I think this was actually my first time on the back of a mile for bike. He laughed and patted my hand as if to say, “you’re ok”.

We stopped at the petrol station and he filled the tank and then we head off down a really bump road. He had to slow the bike down as there were pot holes everywhere (well it is turkey, and this was 2009) the sun was starting to rise and it was stunning!!! If you’ve seen a Turkish sunrise then you’ll know how beautiful it is! As we were going slow on the bike he turned his head to me to ask if I was feeling ok. My heart and stomach did a summersault again! I honestly don’t know what came over me, but I leaned forward and put my hands on his face and I pulled his face in for a kiss. I actually kissed him and he kissed me back. (Yes we were still riding down the street lol) it was a the best bloody lovely as of my life!! It’s so out of character for me to make the first move with me being so shy but something just felt soooo right!!

He stopped the bike at an old school premises. There was a sandy old carpet rolled up laying in the ground outside the school wall. Cen helped me off the bike and we sat on the rolled up carpet, he handed me my kebab and he’s already opened it all for me ready to eat, he sat down next to me and gave me a peck on the lips before tucking into his kebab. I couldn’t take my eyes off him again. He stroked my hand and told me to look forward………. oh my gosh!!!!! It was the most fantastic view of the most beautiful sunrise I’d ever seen!! This old school was the best place for such a beautiful view. I was absolutely mesmerised as We sat and eat our food. When we’d finished Cengiz helped me back on the bike and he dropped me off at home. We had a kiss goodbye and I went inside.

The next morning he text me and said he was coming on the bike and to get ready.  We went for a ride out and I was so excited to see him!! Everything just felt so right!! We spent the full day together and I met his uncle who actually I already knew! I’d known him for a couple of years and he was so chuffed to see me and Cen together. He said to Cengiz that I was a good lass ect.

We spent the full day together and night…………..

9 years on and I’m sitting here writing this with him texting me kisses as he’s away and my out 2 children sound asleep in bed.  ❤️

Sometimes it’s just meant to be………..

Published by Wife of a Turkish Life

Just a normal lass living in a beautiful city in the uk and soon to move over to Turkey. I have 3 beautiful children and a lovely Kurdish hubby from turkey. We currently live apart from our Turkish family in turkey and live in the Uk and soon to move back over to turkey for good. I love everything about my life! I absolutely adore cooking and baking, I cook a beautiful meal and dessert every night and light lunch during the day if we are hungry. I bake a lot too hence why I’m growing to the size of an elephant and find it hard to shed the lbs (ooops) I also love, shopping, socialising, date night together with the hubby when he’s home, I love make up and being and hairdresser and beautiful among others things I love everything about self presentation. At the moment I am a fully mummy to two little beauties and I love it. Please feel free to follow my blog and have a little onsite into our life. I’m just starting out so there’s much more to be added each day. Please be kind and if You don’t like my life then don’t feel the need to stick around and tell me in a nasty comment 😝.

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  1. Such a beautiful story. When things are meant to be….
    Ya know what Katie, I’ve actually known you for a real long time. Known your name in passing and you were never that person to fall into the habits of some of them to stick a nose in the air and walk on by if you seen someone you know. No matter how long you havnt seen them in. Old school Altinkum did get a bit flooded with some not so nice girls and they had nasty comments toward others. Sheer jealousy but you were never ever like that. You are such a genuine lovely and honest person. You deserve every beautiful milestone you get in your adventures to come. Good luck with your blog too. Was lovely reading this.

    I had no clue Cen was actually from Everest!!?? Wow! My fav!

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    1. Lis you just made me cry 😢 oh my gosh, thank you. Old skool tinky town was deffo the best and I agree there were some nasty once but I didn’t even get involved. Always had my own mind and Heart ❣ thanks so much for your kind words. I wanted to do this for my babies to read when they are older and also share my recipes xx

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