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My Scholarship entry - Understanding a Culture through Food

EGYPT | Wed, 14 Mar 2012 | By writing_the_world | Views [3069] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

A Feast Fit for a Pharaoh Our taxi slams on its breaks, narrowly avoiding a malnourished donkey. Ironically, the scrawny animal draws a rusty oven of sweet potatoes mounted on wonky wheels. "It's the batata man!" announces the driver. Suddenly he pulls ... Read more >

Tags: #2012writing, cairo, egypt, food, travel writing scholarship, travel writing scholarship 2012, travelwriting

Going Solo in Edirne

TURKEY | Mon, 27 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [2531]

  235km from Istanbul, the quiet town of Edirne seems to get overlooked by the majority of tourists but still holds a few notable attractions in its beautiful mosques and cluster of easy-to-meander shopping streets. It was here, after ... Read more >

Tags: edirne, istanbul, mosques, rough guides, travel writing scholarship, turkey

A Real City Break - Cycling the Prince’s Islands.

TURKEY | Sun, 26 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [2401] | Comments [2]

A mere hour by sea-bus from the city swell lie the Prince’s Islands, a collection of nine small islands offering welcome relief from the city chaos. We spent our second day on the largest island, Büyükada, aboard rented bicycles, cruising up and down ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cycling, istanbul, princes islands, travel writing, travel writing scholarship, trekking, turkey

Assignment Day 1: Writing for the Rough Guides

TURKEY | Sat, 25 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [1833]

The Land Walls, Istanbul . After meeting with my mentor Terry at the decidedly non-Turkish (but conveniently easy to find) Starbucks and discussing my upcoming assignments over chai latte, we headed out to a lesser-trodden area of town for ... Read more >

Tags: istanbul, land of walls, rough guides, travel writing, travel writing scholarship, trekking, turkey

A local's guide to Turkey: an interview with Turan Kirac

TURKEY | Fri, 24 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [3004] | Video

What better way to get an inside view on Turkey, than to ask someone who makes a living guiding people through the country? Meet our BikeHike tour guide, Turan, a professional tour guide born and bred in the Aladaglar range of the Taurus Mountains.... Read more >

Tags: cappadocia, guide, istanbul, tour, travel writing, travel writing scholarship, trekking, turkey

Touring vs. Independent Travel: a few lessons I learnt along the way

TURKEY | Thu, 23 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [5068]

Before winning this competition I admit that I’d never been on a tour in my life. Sure, I’ve done the occasional two-day camping tour or hired a local guide to take me around, but I’d never even considered booking on an all-inclusive package tour, ... Read more >

Tags: backpacker, bikehike adventures, tour, travel, travel writing, travel writing scholarship, trekking, turkey

Back to Istanbul

TURKEY | Wed, 22 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [1362]

Returning to Istanbul, I feel that odd sense of transition as if it is the end of a long trip. In reality I’ve been away from the city little more than 10 days, but it feels like so long since I have left that I felt sure life must have moved ... Read more >

Tags: bazaar, istanbul, travel writing, travel writing scholarship, turkey

Gay Pride in Istanbul – The LGBTT Parade Hits Taksim Square!

TURKEY | Tue, 21 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [6880] | Video

. Despite its increasingly liberal-minded youth and rapid adoption of western ways, issues of sexuality and gender still remain somewhat taboo within Turkey. That said, being the only Muslim country where homosexuality is not illegal, Turkey plays ... Read more >

Tags: gay pride, istanbul, march, politics, protests, travel writing, travel writing scholarship, turkey

Dawn to Dusk on the Mediterranean

TURKEY | Mon, 20 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [1358]

After spending the previous evening with Jodi enjoying a delicious dinner of fresh fish and shrimp at the highly recommended Bahce Balik restaurant and downing possibly a little too much wine, we were keen to keep the morning laid-back. Wisely opting ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, istanbul, kalkan, mediterranean, sea, travel writing, travel writing scholarship, turkey

How I Learnt Not to Kayak – A Sojourn on the Mediterranean

TURKEY | Sat, 18 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [1588]

. After a long drive from the Taurus Mountains and a short but sweet stopover at the Dogan Hotel in Antalya, we finally reached the bobbing turquoise waves of the Mediterranean, coupled with, thankfully, a sticky shot of sunshine. We spent the afternoon ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, boat, istanbul, kayak, mediterranean, sea, travel writing, travel writing scholarship, turkey

9 Turkish Dishes for the Traveler Menu

TURKEY | Thu, 16 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [9981] | Comments [1]

I’m probably not alone in the misconception that Turkish food is made up primarily of variations on the trusty kebab but there is far more to Turkish food than meat on a skewer. You’d be forgiven for overlooking this fact, however, judging ... Read more >

Tags: cappadocia, istanbul, kofte, lokum, travel writing scholarship, turkey, turkish delight, turkish food

5 Reasons to Visit a Traditional Turkish Bath (Hamam)

TURKEY | Mon, 13 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [9835]

1. Cleanliness is Godliness . Visiting a bathhouse might seem an odd pastime to a westerner whose hygiene routine probably centres around showering in the comfort of their own home, but a visit to a hamam offers a whole other dimension of ... Read more >

Tags: hamam, istanbul, spa, travel writing scholarship, turkey, turkish bath

Hot Air Ballooning Over Cappadocia

TURKEY | Sat, 11 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [2250]

. Hot air balloons have always held a somewhat magical fascination for me.  As a child, I remember running across the fields to watch hot air balloons land in the British countryside and marveling at the enormity ... Read more >

Tags: cappadocia, fairy chimneys, hot air ballooning, sunrise, travel writing scholarship, trekking, turkey

Fairies and Fauna - the Mythical World of Cappadocia

TURKEY | Fri, 10 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [2744]

Cappadocia, Turkey . . Carved into the soft volcanic rock like secret hideouts, Cappadocia’s cave hotels have unsurprisingly made a name for themselves amongst tourists visiting the region and ours, the Gamirasu Cave Hotel (http://www.gamirasu.... Read more >

Tags: bike, cappadocia, travel, travel writing scholarship, trekking, turkey

Losing Myself and My Inhibitions in Istanbul

TURKEY | Tue, 7 Jun 2011 | By zoe_smith | Views [1485] | Comments [2]

After a painfully long 24-hour flight and a confusing connection through Shanghai (take note: it’s a policy of the airport that all passengers have to pass through a ‘special’ immigration, collect their baggage and then re-... Read more >

Tags: grand bazaar, istanbul, rough guides, travel writing scholarship, turkey

 

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