Part 3. Life and times of a Modern Day Orientalist – “Why not open a bar in Goreme?”

Just a quick recap……………….

Part 1 of this saga dealt with the subject of how I found myself in this fascinating country. Travelling from Greece in 1984 and sleeping in Ephesus ancient city, sights, sounds, smells and people.

Part 2 leads from 1984 into a further trip where I made a remarkable  mysterious discovery of a possible past-life.

Now here we are again…………

After my third or fourth trip to Turkey I had decided it was the place for me. i simply could not get enough of it. At this time in my life there had been several dramatic upheavals. I had lost a close family member, I left my safe secure government job and started a camping tour company in Australia (doomed to disaster after Paul Keating’s famous words “We are having the recession we are supposed to have”) but one thing that kept me going were my travel memories and Turkey in particular. I decided and not sure where the idea emerged from to open a bar in Turkey! Don’t ask me why, I just felt that it was something I needed and wanted to do. Turkey was still a cheap destination then and fairly open to new ideas. I wanted to share my enthusiasm and love for Turkey with everyone.

Meet the author


Born in Melbourne Australia a long long time ago I knew from an early age that I was fascinated by travel. Always wondering what was over the next hill. Began travelling in my early teens and eventually came to Turkey in 1984. After several years of travelling and working in the travel industry I found myself the regional manager in South East Asia for a UK based adventure travel company. For 9 years Bangkok was our home until Tui Travel the unstoppable Mongol Horde of the travel industry stripped our nice company of its assets in an attempt to destroy all competition on the 'Adventure Travel' market. Personally hope they all rot in hell!

Now once again living in Istanbul with my wife and daughter and extended family all of whom I love dearly. I work for Fez Travel an exciting adventure travel company that personifies everything that I feel about living, working and adventuring in Turkey

I hope you enjoy my written scribbles of my times in Turkey. Watch this space for the upcoming instalments of "Life and Times of a Modern Day Orientalist" Next instalments will deal with,

"Why Not Open a Bar in Goreme?"

"Crazy Australians in Search of Noah's Ark"

"Tour Leading, the perfect job for The Orientalist"

"So, you want to Buy and Restore a House in Cappadocia?"

"Characters I've Met, a local kaliedescope of Intellectuals, Artists, Political Prisoners and just plain Nutcases"