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.
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