March 31, 2015
Today was our last day in Adrasan. We had been thinking that today was our departure date, but Sue pointed out to us that it’s actually tomorrow! The extra day added at the beginning must have confused us. The weather didn’t look all that promising, so we decided not to plan any major walking. So after breakfast we started out for a birding walk around the village. We got as far as the marshy area near the beach and stopped to look for birds there. Reed warblers are hard to see as they flit through the reeds, so that took a while. We stopped at a small market just down on the main road and bought a package of mixed nuts, and then it started to rain harder so we headed back to the hotel.
For the rest of the morning we sat on our balcony and caught up with journal-writing. After a while we noticed that the power was off, but we’d been told that happened from time to time so we didn’t worry about it. By 1 pm the rain had stopped so we decided to head out for a walk. As we walked down to the beach the rain was on and off, but we carried on down to the beach front where we sheltered in a store front for about ten minutes.
For the most part the rain stayed light, so we walked along the beach front to the end of the village by the citrus orchards before turning back. At the mouth of the river we saw a brilliant kingfisher perched, and managed to photograph it. We stopped to buy more Turkish delight in the darkened shop, and from the shop owner we found out that the power failure was country-wide! That certainly surprised us, and we hoped it wasn’t going to upset our travel plans.
Back at the hotel they had turned on the generator, and we watched the news on Turkish TV. We managed to deduce that İstanbul at least was seriously affected by the power failure, along with several other areas. But when we switched to the BBC for news in English, they only had a four-word summary in the news ticker at the bottom of the screen.
Dinner tonight was good as usual, as was the conversation with the other guests. The power came back on while we were eating, having been off for eight or nine hours, which was actually not too bad for such a major outage.