Hey yall! So, today is my birthday!
I’m 26 (whaaaaat?!)
If you follow me on Instagram (which by now, you should take a hint and follow me!) you know that we celebrated my birthday on Sunday. I mean, most grown folks celebrate their birthdays on the weekend right?
As you see in the title I refer to this as my second birthday in Turkey. That’s right! I spent my 21st birthday in the Istanbul airport, coming home from my first Turkey experience! This was definitely better.
Because I’m such an unsocial creature, I opted for a night out with the hubster. I mean, since we came to Turkey last year that’s all I’ve wanted, a little alone time with my man. Yall know what I’m saying.
We had a very basic evening, starting with a late dinner. We picked up a bag of cig köfte and ayran from my favorite vendor, then went to the sea side to have a little picnic while the sun set.
Afterward, we had a short stroll to browse for a few items I wanted to purchase. I didn’t get anything yet though. I go into phases of wanting to spend money, and then wanting to save it. Sunday was a save it day!
After that we hoped on the metro (free fare!) and headed for a nargile/hookah lounge! There was one specific one we were headed to (we had gone before and it was appropriate. If you live in Turkey you know that some nargile lounges can be too rowdy, not mixed gender, or full of weirdos. So when you find one you like you should stick with it!).
Unfortunately, we couldn’t remember exactly where it was, so we got off on the wrong stop. I was a little upset and said to just go home, since the place wasn’t easy to get to. But hubby insisted we try the previous stop, and rushed me onto the next train.
We got off at the station, expecting a good 8 to 10 minute walk to our desired lounge. But lo and behold, three steps away from the station and I got a nose full of hookah smell. A new lounge opened right beside the metro about 2 months ago (we hadn’t been out this way since February). Very mixed crowd (women, men, young, old, children even *not smoking*, and hijabis too! ), low hum of conversation, and nice ambiance. Perfect!
So we sat down and ordered our favorite, apple/mint. I think it’s my favorite? I’m not sure. It’s his favorite and I’ve only tried a few flavors, but I really do like apple/mint so I usually go for it! Since I have a very low tolerance now (I used to smoke like a dang chimney in undergrad like 4 years ago, but since then I haven’t smoked much at all) we always share. Even his tolerance has bottomed out haha.
I ordered my favorite ice tea, smoked a bunch of yummy hookah, and played backgammon for 2 whole hours!
Oh and I won the backgammon matches by one game ;).
All in all it was exactly what I wanted! The whole way home I was gushing with joy. Of course hubby was insisting that he should give me more and do more, but unfortunately we aren’t in a place to be able to do anything more fancy. That’s OK, because even if we had 1000₺ to spend on my birthday, I wouldn’t change a thing!
Check out my Instagram story later today to watch me make myself birthday baklava! I’m not much into cake, and I haven’t made baklava in ages! Gotta get my practice in before the next bayram!