|Abdullah with his Texas Sheriff patch|
Later, after we were completely cleared in, Abdullah came to our boat and invited us to his home that evening for tea. We gladly accepted. We understood that Abdullah would meet us at our boat at 7 p.m. After a very frustrating afternoon dealing with Turkcell in Silifke (with nothing working yet and more aggravation to follow the next day), we grabbed a dolmus back to Tasucu so we could shower and be ready to meet Abdullah to accompany him to his home for tea. At 19:00 we gathered on the dock at the stern of BeBe with Jorge and Isabel from S/V EXCALIBUR.
We waited.....and waited......and waited.
Ummmm......maybe something was lost in translation. Maybe Abdullah said 7:30 and we misunderstood it as 7:00. So we waited a little longer.
|Really Chain plates!!!|
|Our dock neighbor at Tasucu. Tassels and all.|
|Yep. BeBe is nestled in there somewhere.|
At 6 p.m. Abdullah arrived at our boat and presented us with a large bowl of beautiful fresh strawberries, all washed and ready to eat. He also presented us with a cake his wife had baked the previous day intending to serve with the tea we had missed the previous night. It was delicious! So we enjoyed visiting with Abdullah, eating the strawberries and cake, aboard S/V BeBe instead of going to Abdullah's home. Jorge from EXCALIBUR joined us.
|Here we are! Dwarfed by gulets.|
|Harbor Master Abdullah aboard S/V BeBe|
We presented Abdullah with a stethoscope and a sphygmonanometer (manual blood pressure monitor). His wife is a nurse. Hopefully she knows someone who can use these instruments. We have carried these items in our medical kit since 2006 and never used them. We would rather see these instruments used by someone who needs them than to let them waste in our medical kit.
The following morning (Sunday) Bill finally got the new Turkcell locked 3G modem to work with our boat network. Weather was benign so we decided to boogie. Unfortunately, we wasted well over an hour trying to locate the dock master so we could pay for our mooring and electricity. Finally Bill put the money into an envelope and walked to the harbor master's office and slipped it under the door. We sent an email to Abdullah asking if he would please see that the money gets delivered to the dock master. (Yeah for the working 3G so we could send and receive email again!!) It was almost 10:00 before we departed Tasucu.