Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford
by Julian Worker
Pub Date 14 Jan 2015
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Gobekli Tepe in Turkey is the oldest known temple in the world, dating back at least 9,000 years. This place will cause historians to rewrite history - would hunter-gatherers really know how to build walls, raise stone monoliths, and lay down waterproof floors?
In Istanbul a waiter at a restaurant in a former mosque quietly assured me that I wouldn't like the turnip juice at his establishment because of where I came from.
At the other end of the Mediterranean, I travel to see the world's finest footballer play in front of his home crowd and I am rewarded by seeing him score a sumptuous free-kick.
In other words, there's somewhere for everyone. This is a combination of a travel guide and a travel diary and people will discover at least one place they'd like to visit themselves.
Travel never ceases to amaze me. Places recently unearthed will rewrite our history, people I meet provide me with a view of myself I'd never appreciated, and performers show me how to play a game in a manner I could only dream about.
I received an advance reader copy of this book from the Story Cartel so I could give my unbiased review here. And my unbiased opinion is: this is one great book!
You need to take your time with this one, savoring it like chocolate truffles, and it’s set up in sections so you can do that. Rather than using chronological order the writer divides his book geographically, describing spots tourists would most likely want to visit and giving directions on how to get there, as well as some encounters he’s had with the locals.
Mr Worker gives some historical background as well as thorough details of the area he’s writing about. By the time I was done reading about some of these places I was ready to pack my bags and go! His description of the soccer/football match had me cheering, too, though I have no interest in that sport. And his last few pages about his trials with customs inspectors and linguistic misunderstandings made me chuckle. There are no accompanying pictures, but most places mentioned will have internet ads and websites if a person wishes to take a look.
The title may seem a bit bland, but the book isn’t at all. I found it intelligently written, well crafted and well edited. The writer shows due respect and sensitivity to various cultures and customs. I believe anyone who enjoys visiting other countries or reading about others’ travels will really enjoy this book