Hola, holita kankitas.
I am going to sum you up a little bit of what have been my days before and after ‘Christmas break’.
So, my asssociation Sağkal participated in a market organised by the French Culture Centre of Izmir together with some others associations of the city with the aimof raising some money for their future projects.
In every stand you could observe some Christmas decoration ready to be sold. For instance, some volunteers of Sağkal (local women) had been preparing for months some handmade dolls. Even I had the chance to join them one day during the preparation. They taught me how to make a leg by adding some silicone to the the main material they previously sewed. It was a quite interesting experience to check my ‘artistic skills’ and I regret not been able to have joined more sessions like that!
When the market opened, my lovely mentor Begümsita and I, we passed over there to visit the stand of Sağkal. I bought for my family a little doll to put in the Christmas tree. I wanted to make sure it was one with the ‘flag’ of Turkey. So I took the one having the moon and the star on it. Like that, my house in Spain could have something from my Turkish life.
I also wanted to visit my ‘Turkish family’ before the break, so I came to the dormitory in Balçova for a day. My girls where at the hospital because during that time they got worst so I was not able to meet them but we made a videocall from the dormitory and I could say ‘hi’ to them for a while.
That day a psicologist organised a workshop about painting some masks and we had a great time all together.
As my babies were sick, I decided to come back again the next day. There were a lot of people coming and going from the dormitory that day. As usual, I felt like home. That dormitory is always goiıng to be my house in Izmir, even if the patients on it change with the months passing by as they luckily finish their treatments and return to their original towns. Everytime I go, there is someone new, some new smile to join the collection of wonderful ladies I am meeting up here.
With that beautiful feeling I went to Spain for Christmas.
When I came back I was kind of ‘homesick’, which I have never ever experienced before. Yes, I missed my family all those previous years living somewhere else but this time was complicated to readapt myself to Turkey’s lifestyle. Sad to say but I slightly missed Europe.
I took some traditional Christmas food from Spain called ‘turrón’ to give as a present to my association and some friends and we managed to make a late presentation about how Christmas is celebrated in Spain, Lithuania and Croatia in the new office of Pi.
Some days after Begümsita invited us to her house for a dinner where we had the chance to meet her family. It was super delicious! I offered myself to move to her house and to be considered as the older sister from now on…
Life in Izmir continues, Valentina’s birthday already passed and let’s see which adventures we will be experiencing in the following months! 🙂
İnşallah yağmurlu havalar yakında bitecek! 🙁