Discover the everyday
extraordinary of Turkey
Who am I?
I’m Lisa Morrow, an Australian born sociologist and author and I’ve been living in Istanbul for around 13 years. I came to Turkey by chance but stayed from choice, although making the move permanent was far from straightforward. I started my Turkish adventures as a backpacker then returned to stay for longer periods to teach English. Meeting and getting to know students from all over the country introduced me to the diverse history, culture and traditions of Turkey, and never failed to fascinate. Throughout I continued to travel, improve my language skills and talk with as many people as I could.
Since becoming a freelance travel writer I’ve been able to build on those earlier experiences and now share what I’ve learned about Turkey and Turkish people on this website and in articles for various travel magazines and sites. I hope you enjoy reading about my travels and use them to create your own wonderful memories of your time in Turkey.
Turkey is a vast country with dramatic mountains towering over turquoise seas, surreal landscapes filled with fairy chimneys, arid plains containing ancients discoveries dating back millennia and more. Whether you just want to laze at the beach, get in touch with nature, or deep dive into the latest archaeological discoveries, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Turkey in these posts.
Culture & History
The people of Turkey love their traditions and respect their religion, but also like to incorporate new customs into their modern lives. You’ll come across henna nights, Orthodox church services and men dancing in skirts in different corners of Istanbul and all over the country too. This collection of articles will help you make sense of what you see and experience.
Here are a few of my favorite posts
Istanbul has many lovely green spaces you can reach by public transport. Discover them here.
Find everything you need to know about the Holy fasting month of Ramazan in Turkey.
Emirgan Park is famous around the world for the tulip festival held there every April. Less well-known is the history of the park.
Writing on Turkey
In addition to writing for this website, I have published five books about Istanbul and Turkey, written articles for magazines and internet travel sites, as well as researched and produced an audio tour of Kadikoy.
Listed below are details of my writing about Istanbul and Turkey, including links. To see what I’ve written on other topics, click here. If you’d like me to write for you please get in touch via the contact tab at the top of this page.