Anyone coming to this site looking for vintage Bowie certainly won’t get much of that here. The name of the blog may have been inspired by his lyrics but it’s more because they fit with the purpose of the blog than anything else.

5 Years refers to the agreement between me and my other half as to how long I will be staying in Ankara (that’s in Turkey for those with poor geography).

My brain hurts alot, well that should be perfectly obvious to anyone who knows me. It’s how I feel everytime I think about what I have agreed to in coming back to this place.

I’m a married mum of 2 gorgeous boys (smelly and fatso), and have rather oddly elected to be a stay at home mum for the time being–though I am beginning to regret this. Husband is Turkish which explains why we are here, but the 5 years is a compromise after he saw how much happier I was when in the UK for two years 2007-9.  Before then I’d lived and worked in this city/country for over 10 years with short breaks to have children back home, sort out visas, etc.

As you may have guessed I am not a big fan of Ankara, it doesn’t have that much going for it really. It’s just a very big, faceless city in which over development is meaning it is getting rapidly worse. My feelings towards it have got rapidly worse since having children, and you’ll probably get to know that through various rants.

So for anyone who may be a lover of Ankara, or Turkey for that matter, you probably won’t be a lover of this blog. That doesn’t mean I always be disparaging


4 Responses to About

  1. Katina Reimann says:

    Hey Diane,
    great you’re doing this!
    I wish we had seen each other more often while I was in Ankara. We would have had such good ranting sessions! I didn’t know you had that in you!!

    Well, I’m looking forward to reading on a frequent level and I DO wish that you exaggerate in your writing just as I do, in order to let off steam and life’s not always that bad!

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. janegundogan says:

    Hi Diane, not to be posted just a question – what time is Church on in Mersin? Need to make an effort. Also is it in English or Turkish?

    • Church service starts at about 11am,so we try to get there a bit earlier. It’s in Turkish but if you’re familiar with the Catholic Mass or Anglican Eucarist you can follow it. I take my Kindle and read the readings on that. I’m lost for the sermon though. The younger priest does speak English, but he wasn’t there last week.

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