I’m Lisa Morrow and my aim is to introduce visitors to the lesser known sights and areas of the wonderful city of Istanbul. If you’re looking for ideas on where to go and what to do, you can use the drop down ‘Categories’ box on the right-hand side of this page, to help you plan your trip.

I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up a leafy middle-class North Shore suburb. After finishing high school I went to Sydney University but failed to find my niche. After working as a public servant, cleaner, sales assistant, waitress, bar maid and car counter, I went overseas. Once there I hitchhiked through the UK, travelled in Europe and arrived in Turkey just as the Gulf War was starting. My three months stay in the small central Anatolian village of Göreme changed my life. On my return to Australia I earned a BA Honours Degree in Sociology from Macquarie University. An academic career beckoned but the call to travel was louder. After several false starts I moved to Turkey and lived there for ten years. In 2017 I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, but continue to travel regularly to Istanbul.

In addition to this blog I’ve written a travel narrative called Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul and two collections of essays, Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City and Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries. I have a regular segment on San Francisco Turkish radio and in early 2017 I released an audio walking tour called Stepping back through Chalcedon: Kadikoy Walk.  I also write for various international and Australian magazines and websites. A full list of my published articles, with links, can be found on the ‘Writing on Turkey’ and ‘Writing Beyond Turkey’ pages of this website.


Copyright © Lisa Morrow 2017. All Rights Reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced without Lisa Morrow’s express consent.

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18 Responses to About

  1. Ken Curtis says:

    I was unable to confirm following you with the email address I used, so I’ll try with this one. http://www.southcoastofturkey.com – holiday destination general info.

  2. Marina1987 says:

    Hi Lisa,
    My name is Marina and I am writing a research paper about the image of Istanbul in modern literature. Which of your three books gives the most vivid view of the city? I am interested in your opinion as the author and will be grateful for your answer.

  3. Joyce says:


    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

  4. Genevieve says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches and found myself in Turkey as a young backpacker in my 20s. I have been back twice, briefly, since but long to return.

    Can’t find the ‘follow’ button anywhere on your blog and I’m with WordPress too. Any ideas?

    Thanks and I look forward to reading your books (have you ever read Brendan Shanahan’s book – In Turkey I am Beautiful?


    • Goreme1990 says:

      Hi Genevieve,

      Turkey is well worth more than one visit, so I’m not surprised you’ve been back several times. It’s a beautiful country with so much variety on offer. There are still places I haven’t been to! You can follow my blog by clicking on the subscribe button on the RHS of the page. I’ve just upgraded my site so do let me know if that doesn’t work.

      I hope you enjoy reading my books. I’d love to hear what you think either via this site or in a review on Amazon if you have time. I did read Shanahan’s book when it came out a few years ago. I have to be honest and say that as a long term resident of the country I didn’t get a lot out of it. He mainly focussed on tourist life in Turkey rather that the more (extra)ordinary everyday that so grabs my attention. Nonetheless it is always good to read what other people think about Turkey.

      Take care and happy travels.

  5. Yvonne (Evie) Freeman says:

    G’day Lisa
    Wow! so glad I just found your blog! We are here now (just arrived) from sunny Brisbane for a year (hopefully) with my husbands work in Kadikoy. Looking forward to checking out your blog. Exciting and a little scary sometimes. Looking forward to a great experience. Thanks for being a great blogger 🙂
    Evie and boys

    • Goreme1990 says:

      Hi Evie,

      Welcome to Istanbul! Thanks for reading my blog. I’m sure you’ll have lots of adventures here. Please feel free to write me via the contact page if you have any questions.

      Cheers, Lisa

  6. Joyce says:

    Dear Lisa,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Turkey, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  7. Ilke says:

    Hi Lisa
    I just finished your book of Exploring Landscapes and I have to admit after being away for 15 years and moving back here for a while, I realized once not questioned habits became something to get used to again for me. It is difficult sometimes, but sometimes it is like finding an old friend all of a sudden.
    I will try to find your book of Istanbul and if I can not, will make a trip to the other side (living around Levent now) to purchase it from you.

    • Goreme1990 says:

      Hi Ilke,

      I’m glad my book made you think about your own experiences. My other book Inside Out In Istanbul is only available through Amazon or directly from me. I’d be more than happy to meet with you in Kadikoy. Happy cooking too!

      Lisa Morrow

  8. Goreme1990 says:

    Hi Julia, I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. Please keep reading and share it with your friends. Lisa

  9. I really enjoy reading your blog! It has the power to take me back to Turkey… Wish you good luck and more unforgettable experiences in Turkey! Looking forward to reading your next post!
    Greetings from a Romanian citizen, “Italian” student deeply in love with Turkey

  10. johnwreford says:

    Great blog Lisa.
    Is your book available in Istanbul or just via Amazon?

    • Goreme1990 says:

      Hi John,
      My book is available in Istanbul as well as via Amazon. You can buy a copy at Molly’s Cafe in Galata, for 30tl. I live on the Asian side of the city and you can also buy copies directly from me.
      Thanks for your support.


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