The spare part for the Cinderella toilet had left Holland on the 15 December and arrived in Istanbul some days later. The parcel was transferred to Izmir and then on to Marmaris when it was handed to a local carrier for delivery to Fethiye. For some reason the parcel was then returned to Marmaris. At that point we asked Hasan to intervene. The parcel was eventually returned to Fethiye where Hasan collected it from the carrier and we finally received the goods on the evening of the 30th January.
The value the goods in the parcel was minimal but we had to pay the Cinderella toilet manufacturer an exorbitant £290 for the filter plus £45 shipping. We had to pay another £300 Turkish import duties. Eventually we had invested so much in the project, we had no choice but to wait to receive the goods.
We loved our time on Çhalis beach but, as we were only allowed 90 days in Turkey, the delay seriously curtailed our chances of exploration of that beautiful country – a lesson learned.