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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.

Here are a few of my favorite posts


Guidebook writer, chick lit author and resident Jane Gundogan shares her wisdom and knowledge so all you have to do in Mersin is enjoy yourself!


Şanliurfa in Turkish in south east Turkey is famous for three main things – Baliklı Göl, Urfa Kebab and Göbekli Tepe. Autumn is the perfect time to visit.


Izmir, Turkey’s third most populated city, has a long and varied history which means there’s lots to see and do. Here’s what you need to know to plan your own trip.

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.