But this weekend, I had to hold someone's hand.
I went diving with my university's underwater society (Diving Club) in Fethiye. I was a little anxious to go with this club because sometimes my Turkish is not quite good enough to work at an English-medium university, if you know what I'm saying. I thought I might be the lonely yabanci in the corner while all of the conversations and fun were happening in Turkish. So not the case. These lovely Turkish university students were so unbelievably kind towards me...translating not only announcements and instructions but also talking to me, and making sure that most conversations were in English so I could partipate. It was great.
|Fethiye Marina: View from the breakfast buffet on the balcony of our hotel.|
|Proteus Diving Center boat|
|Tank, check! BC, check! Regulators, check! Getting my equipment ready to go!|
Now, I have had fairly instense training to get my diving lisence. I know how to take my regulator out of my mouth, for goodness sake, and share air supply with another diver. I can take off all my equipment underwater and put it back on again. I've done it all several times. I know that I can spit, or even vomit into a regulator and that it's just going to filter the water, spit and vomit out and keep giving me oxygen. I know all this. But when you panic, you just can't think about these things...
|Bil Underwater Society. Please note the gorgeous MODEL of a Turkish man next to me. Could be in a cologne ad. Sigh.|
So, my diving instructor kindly tells me that he's going to be my 'boyfriend-but just in the water' and will hold my hand when I feel scared. I consider myself to be a fairly independent woman...I move to foreign countries solo, and have travelled alone...I think I'm pretty brave for a country girl coming from the outskirts of a little town in Canada. I actually let him hold my hand for the next two dives...just like a discovery diver, certainly not like a diver with a license should. I know it's a little lame and I should have probably tried to dive without grasping my instructor but sometimes it's just nice to have someone holding your hand.
|Diving girls! My lovely roomate and I had a blast on the trip!|