I’ve seen my future, and ….

…it’s been told by a rabbit.

Yes, that’s what I said.  A rabbit.

About a month or so into my time here in Istanbul, I was on a bus with my friends Melody and Joe.  I happened to look over and saw a man on the street with several cute bunnies on a table.  I said, “Oh, look at the guy selling bunnies!”  To which Joe said, “Oh, no, they are telling fortunes.”  Mind you, he said this very casually, like it was no big deal to have a RABBIT telling FORTUNES.

Weirdest thing, ever. But aren't they cute?

“Ummm…the bunny  is telling fortunes??”

Yes, indeed.  This is a common thing here.  There’s usually momma and baby bunnies together.  I’m not sure if there’s a methodology to which bunnies pick which fortunes, or if it’s the power of the group of bunnies that make for a better fortune.  Regardless, I’ve been both fascinated and highly amused by this.  And, have been looking for a Bunny Man ever since.

Jackpot.  Yesterday, I was with Melody looking for a place by the water to sit and enjoy a snack and a beer, and I saw him.  I immediately paid the guy three Turkish lira, and had Melody at the ready with my camera.

So, the guy has a kind of a box with pieces of paper folded inside.  He asked which language I wanted my fortune in, then held the box up to the bunny (in this case, it was the Momma Bunny), and the bunny actually nibbled up my fortune, which was then passed, slightly damp with bunny saliva, to me.  Incredible.

My fortune is the following:

 “Is it to govern the people? Think of much more carefully. Otherwise these type of behavior will take you away from the people you love step by step.  Try to be positive and don’t worry people.”

Deep, I tell you, deep.



Life lessons kinda suck.

You know how everyone always says life lessons make you grow as a person?  Yeah, well, what they don’t say is that before you can look back on things as with positive perspective, things kinda suck.

I have just realized over the past two weeks that I’ve really screwed up my job planning here in Istanbul.  And I’m not really thrilled about it, even though I’m confident something good will come along.

Before arriving, I had read in countless places that it was EASY for a native English speaker to get a job here.  You can’t throw a rock without hitting a language school.  And they are always hiring, and usually a college degree is qualification enough.  So, I wasn’t worried at all.  But upon arrival, people in the know all told me to stay as far away from the language schools as possible; the hours were terrible, the pay was dismal, they treated you badly, etc.

So, I thought, I’ll go my own way.  I started to pick up some private clients, which was great.  And then I was referred to a man who runs a language consultancy business.  I had an “audition” week and feedback was great.  The job looked ideal – I’d make good money working 25-30 hours a week, my schedule could be flexible, and I’d be teaching adults, which I think I’m good at.  I was promised that after Ramazan, I’d start full-time (fasting and learning do not mix).  In the interim, I’ve had a lot of down time, but didn’t try to find any new private clients, so I’d be sure to have plenty of time to give priority to this opportunity.  Well, Ramazan has been over for several weeks, and I can’t get the boss to give me the time of day.

So, boo to him for false promises, and a big, fat boo to me for trusting him.  And now, I have just a few private clients, and no source of dependable income.  Sigh.

But, I’m doing something about it.  I’m getting a teacher certification called the TEFL (Teaching English to Foreign Languages).  It’s a 120-hour online course.  I’m waist-deep in it right now, with verb tenses swimming in my head.  This certificate will qualify me to teach at a private school.  Problem is, school is starting now, and most have all the teachers they need.  However, I’ve been assured that after a month or two, teachers will decide teaching isn’t for them, Turkey isn’t for them, that school isn’t for them.  So, I’m hoping to swoop in on one of those opportunities!    Wish me luck.

And now, back to the past tenses…..