Oldrover's Traveler Profile
- I was a technical illustrator/writer when I briefly hit my prime.
- Favourite music
- Most genres excepting modern popular stuff.
- Favourite movie
- Aguirre, The Russian Ark, Lantana
- In descending order from midling: Spanish, German, Turkish, French
- Favourite quote
- Keep the Aspidistra Flying (It's actually a book title. And I haven't read it)
- Interests and hobbies
- History, hiking, painting (oil)
- One thing I want to do before I die
- Have an amazing moment. Something like a killer epiphany. Satori.
- Favourite book
- No one book. I am fond of my library.
- My friends describe me as
- I think I have heard "aloof" more than anything.
- The most amazing moment in my life so far
- Unfortunately, I have not had singular "moments" of amazement.
Obviously, I love travel. This blog only partially covers my latest. Partially in that there are large gaps in the narrative, and many weeks totally unrecorded, especially toward the end as movement and social engagements precluded any recording. I am continuing to edit and add, however. This trip may be my last big hurrah due to finances and other priorities. We'll see.
In my late 20's I spent four years hitchhiking around the world. Starting in Mexico in 1968 at the Olympic Games, I continued down through Central and South America. From Santos, Brazil I worked my passage on a German freighter to Europe. Hamburg, Germany to be specific.
I fairly quickly headed down to Lebanon. Then, returning to Turkey, began reading Will and Ariel Durant's History of Western Civilization as I traveled up into southern, and northern Europe, trying to match my physical course more or less to that of the enfolding of western civilization.
At the end of that period I took the Trans-Siberian across to Japan, then spent a couple of months in Japan, contemplating an eastern civilization.
Those four years on $2500 in savings! No begging. But a lot of assistance by kind people. And a few measly jobs, especially two nasty jobs in German factories.
In 1980-something I went to New Zealand to see Hally's Comet, and hiked and hitched around there for about a month.
In 2005/6 I made one of those 1-year around-the-world plane trips: Australia, Hong Kong, India; Turkey for half the time; and a modified reverse course to a portion of my '68-'69 South American journey.
Recent Entries by Oldrover
Lycian Pinara and Sidyma - Jun 9, 2009
Dave and I had two more of the ancient Lycian cities to visit together, Pinara and Sidyma. Much of my commentary is with the pictures in the "slide show." Pinara Once again, I don't have much...
Tlos and The Quest for Elfin Elif - Jun 9, 2009
**First, Click on the map to format the page** Tlos This was to be another excursion out of Fethiye with my host Dave. Our first objective was the ancient ruins of Tlos, one of the oldest ...
Fethiye 4: To St. Nicholas Island - Jun 8, 2009
As the immediately preceding blog described, I was out to identify a strange structural line of rocks I had spied from afar two years previously. When I came to the hill upon which the structure re...