Saturday, July 16, 2011
As some of my friends here know I have been in Turkey recently – partly for work and partly for the wedding of a Turkish student of mine involving two ceremonies – one in the tiny village where he was born and another in Istanbul. It has been by far the most interesting experience I have had in all my years of travelling around the world. A taste of real Turkish life – and - I don’t have to say - of the food! Turkish food is amazingly healthy and their preference seems to be fresh local organic food transformed into wonderfully tasty but simple dishes of all sorts. I hope to blog about the food with photos of some of it and of the wedding ceremonies in due course.
Annoyingly, I came back feeling pretty unwell, having passed out several times abroad which I attributed to the heat. However, I have spent part of this current week in hospital on enforced bedrest to lower astronomically high blood pressure. I now have to undergo a battery of tests to find out whether there is an underlying cause.
Having signed up for the 5% Challenge I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to participate as I felt rather feeble and had been warned that I shouldn’t exert myself in any way until the blood pressure was well and truly lowered. However, I woke up yesterday feeling completely myself and popped to the Nurse at my Doctor’s practice to check if it would be OK to start the challenge today. To my delight my blood pressure is now lower than it’s been for years – all a big mystery medically – but I am passed fit for the challenge, although warned to ‘start slow’. So all’s well that ends well. Hoorah!!
Sunset over the Marmara Sea from the tiny island of Avsha.