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I had met Aynur at a few Expats events in the past including my open mic nights, halloween parties and a trip I went on to Karain Caves which she organised.

On that particular trip was the only time I really had much of a chance to talk to her apart from when I shared a taxi back to what I thought was here house, after Rob’s going away bash that I attended in June.

Billy and Aynur at Rob's party.

Although we had sent each other the odd message via facebook in the past, I was a bit surprised when she sent me a message saying that she had two weeks holiday and asking me if I would like to join her in Olympos. I think she asked a couple of other expats along too.

I said I wasn’t sure as I was a bit strapped for cash after spending most of the month since I arrived back in Antalya in the pub but I said she is welcome to join me on the beach at my usual spot that night.

She said she didn’t know if she had time as it was a bit late. I said it is only 8 o’clock, there is plenty of time and so we arranged to meet. I went to the beach and waited, thinking that she didn’t have far to travel and would arrive soon.

However, I forgot that her house was close to Karain Caves and that the house I dropped her off at after Rob’s party was her Grandma’s.

This meant I waited nearly 3 hours until she arrived, just as the last bus back to her place departed. I didn’t realise that either until she told me she had nowhere to sleep that night. I was going to take her back to Alison and Alpers place but Alison would have been asleep and I thought it a bit rude to take back a guest uninvited, even if she did have a Kimlik card to prove who she is.

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It would have maybe have been quiet a pleasant night to sit on the beach if we didn’t go for a swim but we had already done that by the time I realised that we were going to be there all night and my two t-shirts were pretty damp. On the plus side this meant we had to cuddle into each other to try and keep from freezing to death!

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We just about made it through until morning without catching pneumonia and I was never so glad to see the Sun come up.

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Mind you, the cold was almost worth it as the colours in the sky that morning were absolutely beautiful.

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A better camera than mine would do the scene more justice but I am sure you can pick up the vibe.

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Around 8am I walked Aynur back to the bus stop and headed back to Alper and Alisons to explain to them what had happened. They told me I should have just brought her back.

However, I am glad I didn’t as you bond with someone fairly quickly through extreme cold conditions. 😉

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