Sunday, October 25, 2015

Getting psyched for a holiday in Istanbul. And remembering the ghosts of the caravan serai on the road from Capadoccia to Konya.

In Istanbul a few years ago,
with some of our 70 readers and friends

So on Friday afternoon, there I was in the office, working hard and living a #Travelife, when one of the guys I'm traveling with to Turkey walked in unannounced.

Until Friday, I'd been too busy to get psyched about visiting Istanbul. Especially since I was just there last weekend on a stopover.

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THE WHIRLING DERVISH SHOW
IN ISTANBUL

"Are we going to see the dervishes?" He asked me.

Literally, Turkey had not been on my mind until that point. But when he brought up the whirling dervishes of Turkey, I remembered a couple of truly enjoyable trips I'd done to Turkey.

A #TRAVELIFE TO TURKEY
WITH 70 TRAVELIFE READERS AND FRIENDS

In Istanbul a few years ago,
with some of our 70 readers and friends

Several years ago, 70 of our Travelife Magazine readers and friends had actually joined us on a #Travelife to Turkey, and some of us had gone to the see the whirling dervishes in a show in the Old Town.

The whirling dervishes had even mesmerised me enough that I journeyed all the way to Konya on a private trip some years back. Konya is the heartland of the dervishes and I was eager to learn more about the dervishes.

I also wanted to learn more about the great poet and philosopher Rumi, who is buried in Konya.

Istanbul, see you sooner rather than later,
in my never-ending #Travelife... 

A GHOST IN A CARAVAN SERAI.
OR AT LEAST ORBS IN OUR PHOTOS.

I still remember how my companion and I had traveled over land from Capadoccia to Konya with our guide and driver, along the caravan serai road, on a semi-adventure holiday some years back.

We'd stopped at a deserted caravan serai along the way, and we'd poked our way through the dark, dusty and empty rooms just for the excitement of it.

Then, again just for the excitement of it, we'd taken some photos in one of the pitch-black rooms with his camera, and he hadn't used a flash.

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When we actually looked at the series of photos he'd taken later, we'd been eerily surprised to see orbs in our photos.

That certainly gave me goosebumps. When our guide saw these photos on my companion's camera, he said knowingly: "Of course there are many ghosts and spirits in the old caravan serai."

And especially in a deserted one, I suppose.

EMPTY SUITCASES FOR ISTANBUL

On Friday, I remembered these, and finally got excited for Turkey, even if this is still a couple of short weeks and two long trips away, and I'm even attending a party for Yoko Ono in Tokyo in between.

But today, I began setting aside autumn clothing for the trip to Turkey and two suitcases -- one completely empty. Yes, it's a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.  


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