when somebody explained that it was because of a government decision - i was a bit taken aback. all other countries switched to DST today, but turkey is doing it tomorrow morning. and the reason for this is that today(27th march, sunday) in the whole country the university entrance exam was held. it is the most feared step in the academic system over here - and basically people started panicking - claiming that, had the change of time taken place between saturday 26th and sunday 27th - many students would have overslept or showed up late for their test. hence - the government decided to "postpone" DST.
i guess one could see it as a very practical decision -- but i see it as yet another demonstration of how independent this country can be, even with a hint of eccentric refusal to conform.
2)) as we basically consider the bars and restaurants downstairs as "neighbours" we tend to entertain unusually close ties with a colourful crowd of waiters, cooks and baristas. as we were having coffee the other day i got told by a rather sultry looking waitress that her biological mother could not nurse her - so she was breastfed by another woman who "...was bipolar. that's why i turned out bipolar myself". which kind of makes you wonder about the milk in your cappuccino... perhaps bipolar milk made by some bipolar cow? bizarre.
3)) while dashing home the other day - bumped into an acquaintance, ms. M., looking very uncomfortable when i asked how she was. "am actually not at work today..." she immediately mentioned..."because i have this laser operation". oh, god, oh alright, i see - i said, kind of not knowing what to say / not to say / not to ask. "hope everything goes ok", i mumbled, a tad startled. "yes. it is not the first time" she explained and i was starting to feel kind of worried when i heard her going "...this time i am doing my armpits and bikini part, you know..." - and the solemnly grieving face i was pulling just broke into a totally amused expression. "blast. laser EPILATION you meant, right?" to which, thankfully, she nodded - removing from my head every thought on laser surgery and co.