After another night of pre-Christmas feasting, mostly on chocolates, nuts, sausage rolls, cakes  and Turkish Delight, we both awoke with the distinct symptoms of  ”Bombay Belly.” Last night I chipped a back tooth while eating nuts, and this morning I put my back out just unplugging the TV lol.

Today being Christmas day, is by tradition the day you fall out with your relatives,  and over eat to the point of  severe stomach pain,  fortunately we are thousands of miles away from our relatives, plus I have a high pain threshold!!

Linda spent the whole day cooking or something, whilst I had the hard job of   loading programmes on to my computer. It was our turn to host Mick this year, Mick is a good dinner guest,  he never eats much, which then leaves more left-overs for me!!

After eating two and a half full Christmas dinners, a 30 minute time-out was called before serving desert, when in England two months ago, we loaded up on all the traditional Christmas goodies that we can’t get out here in Turkey.

We brought Christmas pudding and Mince pies back with us from the UK, delicious they were!!!……After four helpings of  pudding and mince pies, served with cream and custard, I had to retire in great pain to the settee, with a large box of chocolates for the traditional Christmas Dinner Nap!!

I love a traditional Christmas!!


~ by travelswithmymotorbike on December 25, 2009.

25 Responses to “A CHRISTMAS IN TURKEY”

  1. Thanks for sharing your very nice alternative (celebrating far from home), yet still very traditional (sharing good food with good friends) Christmas celebration.

    • Hi Karen,

      Yes, we enjoyed a small piece of England yesterday….And I do believe my chipped tooth is starting to grow back lol.

      Cheers, and best wishes to you and yours for the New Year!!


  2. Dave & Linda:

    have a very Merry Christmas and have lots to eat and enjoy. It’s the one day a year you can put away your corn flakes.

    luv, from Vancouver, British Columbia

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

    • Hi Uncle Bob,

      I wish you and Mrs. Bob all the best over the festive season and a prosperous New Year!!….Did Santa bring you a new camera??


      Dave….with a working computer, and software lol.

  3. Fancy Linda leaving all the work to you…I feel your pain mate lol.

    All the best for the New Year to you and Linda, in your far flung corner of England!


    • Hi Stan,

      …Well software doesn’t load it’s self mate lol.

      All the best to you and Mrs.Stan for Christmas and the New Year.



  4. LOL…It was our turn to host the inlaws for Christmas dinner this year…Yep, we had a few arguments!!!!

    All the best,


    • Hi Owen,

      Feel your pain mate…inlaws can be difficult at this time of year, I talk from Experience lol…You will just have sell up and move abroad lol.

      All the best to you and Mrs.Owen!!



  5. Glad you had a good day Dave and nice to see you and Linda in your festive red tops! You surely beat Ian with your 2 and a half dinners – he only managed 1 and a half this year……..but that was yesterday at my mums……he’ll no doubt have another one today at his mums………..
    Happy New Year – see you in a few months!

    • Hi Aunty Bev,

      Had I not been forced to wear a posh pair of trousers with a belt, I could have eaten 3 Christmas Dinners…God bless elasticated waist bands!!

      Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, is Tiger up for sale now then, still planning on driving an old van here??



  6. Festive greetings from shiver land!

    What will happen when/if Turkey joins the EU? Maybe we could invent Christmanadan and have it on February 29th – that way we could have a really good time every 4 years?

    Back to the DIY, N or is it still B

    • Hi Nikos/Brains,

      Its cold here also, barely 20c today, was going to go for a little ride about but maybe it will be warmer tomorrow, Chritmadan or Ramaistmas sounds good to me lol.

      Happy New Year in Austria to you and Mrs Nikos,



  7. Oops, it’s still B!

  8. Seasons greeting me ol’china…I’m sure your tooth will grow back soon lol

    All the best,


    • Hi James,

      …It’s started growing back all ready, not half as painful as yesterday!!

      All the best to you and Mrs.James for the New Year!!



  9. Your poor wife slaves all day in the kitchen while you play on your computer……sounds about right for men!!!

    I can’t wait to get back to work next week and catch up with my reading on your European trip, best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.


    • Hi Donna,

      …She enjoys slaving in the kitchen, she just pretends not to like it!!

      Glad you like the trip, I’m thinking Eastern Europe for this years ride about, but not sure yet, Morocco still calls to me lol.

      All the best to you and Mr.Donna for the New Year!1



  10. Thankyou Donna 🙂 so glad somebody has noticed the lengths I go to keep Dave fed and watered!!!!

  11. Linda, via Dave:

    Yes Linda, hurry up with the dinner. It’s hard work putting all these disks into the computer drive and waiting . . .

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  12. Bob…After reading Daves comments I felt I had to have stern words with him about my slavery, he however insists YOU are a bad influence on him and leads him astray !! He has since rushed into the kitchen and made me a cup of tea thinking this will now insure he gets dinner tonight!!!!

    Best Wishes for the New Year to you and your Family xxxx

  13. I hope you’re both having a great time and it’s good to see you’re getting right into the festive spirit.
    Just had a peep at Linda’s facebook photos over Bevs shoulder !!
    DAVE I’m not selling Tiger for a couple of months yet, might get a bit more for him when spring comes and the used bike prices go up.

    All the best to you both and I’m looking forward to seeing you again next year mate.



    P.S Havn’t quite come to a decision on the van thing yet.

    • Hi Ian,

      Good, you have some more Tiger time in England before you choke on the bike/car prices here lol, depending on what you intend bringing with you, it could be a lot cheaper flying here with a little excess baggage than coaxing an old van here that has to go out again 180 days later.

      There is a rumour (Yet again) that sometime in 2010 or 2011 the law is going to change to allow ex-pats to bring their vehicles in with no tax and no stupid paperwork, I’ll believe it when it happens lol.

      Remember to fill your pockets with SD and Flash cards before you leave work…



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