Just in case you thought that all us foreign expats are out there running around doing exciting and exotic things all the time, I thought I'd post this:
This was how I spent the better part of my evening on Monday night. Yes, that's right, I defrosted my little teeny freezer. Not all fridges in Turkey are like this anymore but those of us blessed with a slightly older model are also blessed with this chore. So this was what it looked like when I first started... I'd done a little scrapping and work with my hairdryer so it was a little worse than this.
This is what it looks like now... well, with a bottle of Grey Goose and a box of fish in there. Sounds lame, I know, but it was exciting to get this done. It was pretty quick too. I followed the sage advice of my mother and kept putting boiling pots of water in there to steam and melt the ice. It took about 2 hours of changing pots and the occasional pulling off of ice and blasting with the hair dryer to get it done, but it was pretty easy.
So the next time you envy your expat friends who are off living some grand adventure in your minds, revisit this post... it's not all adventures and exotic locations with crazy interesting things happening all the time. Sometimes it's just doing laundry, cooking dinner, cleaning the dishes and defrosting freezers.