Lazing around my Alanya apartment on my day off, half-intending to eventually make it to the store to buy nail polish remover before it closed, I noticed this camel outside my window.
I couldn’t get a decent shot of it without going outside, so getting this photo became the impetus to make my trip to the store a reality.
Once on the move, I took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy watching the sun as it set over the Mediterranean Sea.
While I was taking the above photo, I got the sensation I was being watched, a rather common sensation in Turkey.
I turned around and awkwardly met eyes with a tall, thin fellow who was walking by, and quickly turned back to face the sea.
Is he still there? I wondered.
Of course he was.
I knew the answer, but I turned around for another awkward eye meeting. He was walking past again, this time in the opposite direction. Argh!
“Foto çekim mi?“ He offered to take my photo.
Why not? I figured. Since I’m in Alanya alone at the moment, all of my photos are of me facing the mirror, holding my phone and trying to keep it from blocking my face. (Lame.)
“Alright, thanks,” I said. “But take it from far back, so it looks good.” (No makeup.)
He returned my phone, and went on his way. I headed to the market.
Two minutes later, I got that sensation again. I turned around.
“Are you following me?” I asked.
“No,” he lied.
Then he said, “I thought, maybe, I could ask you to take my number. And maybe you would give me a chance. Otherwise, I just won’t be able to sleep tonight.”
I took his number, but I won’t call him. I never do.
My sister says I’m single because I never give anyone a chance. My BFF says I’m too in love with my job and travels for a relationship anyway.
Personally, I’ve decided I’m a late bloomer. I’ll probably meet someone some day. Just not yet.
When/how did you meet your soul mate? Or are you forever alone, like me?