Not Sleeping in Side

Side, Turkey is hot at this time of year, 104 in the day, down to the low 90’s by midnight. 20140705_085713That’s how our problem starts.

Our ’boutique hotel’ charges 5 euros extra for air conditioning; on principle, we don’t pay. 20140705_072809A cold shower followed by a good read, and we are almost asleep, in spite of the toilet running on and on and the Germans chattering outside our window about their World Cup win. FBL-WC-2014-MATCH58-FRA-GERI flush the toilet to get it to stop, which doesn’t work, and then just close the bathroom door. 20140705_072629I dream that I am by a dirty old river.

And then the music starts – pumping, endlessly repetitive – from a row of nearby clubs. side discoBut we can’t close the windows – it’s just too hot and must listen to the bass go on and on. By the time we finally get used to the pounding drops, the call for prayer comes from the mosque. Side-turkeyThe club music continues on after that, the same, until finally it is no longer.

It is late now – early in the morning – and the birds are suddenly awake, the worst the pigeons whose call sounds like an annoying person who keeps saying the same thing again and again. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI dream about my brother doing that.

And then the cats are moaning and yowling. 20140629_143942And it is light, the sun directly back in our room. 20140705_072720Today, we will start early.

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