The Rewarding Past chapter one – for Dilara

On 1 November 2013 by Carolien Geurtsen

Last night again one of those very welcome updates from my goddaughter who is traveling around the world since quite some time now. Coinciding with me starting my NaNoWriMo project writing my book, all to do with my traveling adventures in Turkey.
The pictures she has put online this week are again so wonderful,  I can’t wait till she puts 2 and 2 together ánd finds the time for her next step into publishing.

DilaraThose “birds” beautifully flying over the Opera House at night? So I thought, until I was kindly informed that they are indeed bats. Not of all of you might know I really do not have a strong likeness for that particular creature. Nevertheless, it was another dream come true – so many times I had seen them on the box and here I was driving across it!
We saw the usual sights over the next few weeks – the Harbour and Surry Hills – a kooky vintage pocket of Sydney. The beaches are really like they are on telly too – full of fit surfers and insanely tanned people, which made even me look pale! One morning we drove in to see the sun rise over Bondi Beach, which was amazing to see. Plus it really gave you an insight on local life – at 5.30am people were out with their surf boards catching some waves, plenty of (very good looking) girls out with personal trainers, out with (also very good looking) yoga instructors for outdoor early bird classes and even dads and mums walking their city dogs and babies in their prams along the boardwalk! But hey if you have the weather and the scenery for it, then I’d be doing it too! Just maybe after work…

Bill Bryson – in a sunburned country

My sister-friend Urte who (I also know from Turkey) knows how eager I am to write this book which is in my head and in my heart since a very long time now, provided me with two audio books of Bill Bryson, as she so very much likes both the way how he is telling his adventures so very matter of factly and at the same time incredibly interesting and loaded with dry humor. I listen to them on a regular base ever since.

Last month I send Dilara one chapter for future reference, for the moments when she will be starting to miss the Perth, Darwin and other memories so much. Or in the rare case she will bored, which of course is near to impossible on the trip she is making with the wonderful people she’s meeting. But maybe on airports, although that is personally my favorite time to watch people and write. And either I can send her more chapters or she finds her way to get them.  I realized I totally forgot one little detail. I have no idea at all if she can even hear audio book properly with her implants. As this is not at all what defines her, I tend to forget.
Dilara, the daughter from my dear Scottish friend who lived in Turkey at the same time I did and is another woman of my chosen family ever since, is an intricate part of my Rewarding Past, which for now is the work title of my book, and it is ever so great she is still in my present. Often at night, looking at her pictures while she is uploading them in a steady pace, sometimes Skyping, like the time when her mother was about 6 hours later than expected for their meet abroad, ‘where the hell could she be, I hope she is alright’, or when she asks me to make a video congrats message for her mums birthday surprise, or for a please quick translation from English into Turkish when she has ‘a very urgent message’ to send to one of her Turkish relatives in Scandinavia in the middle of the night or early morning, down unders you know what that means time wise. And because i am a light and slight sleeper with 4 hours max a night most of the time, yes we tend to meet on the most strange moments

I love her to bits since the day she is born and can’t wait to hold her in my arms again, only this time a beautiful long-legged and o my God sunburned indeed, woman. Will have to wait a little while longer.


The Nice Thing of clearing old boxes with photographs. * holidays in Antalya mountains #yayla — bij Turkey Antalya.
 Dear Pearl,
Once you visit, we will go and listen to the Göksel Yilmaz Ensemble if we have the chance.
And for the rare occasion you are bored or feel you want to swop continents for a moment, have a first look in my Travel Blog, still Beta –  Special Destinations Turkey

Seni Sevyorum çanim.


Credits Vrije Geluiden

Vrije Geluiden is a music program for the Dutch public broadcast organisation VPRO.

Gepubliceerd op 8 okt 2012
Göksel Yilmaz Ensemble
Göksel Yilmaz – guitar/ saz/ vocals, Funda Yilmaz – voice, Anne Bakker – violin, Ulas Aksünger – percussion, Sándor Kém – double bass
Göksel Yilmaz Ensemble performs Ode to Fairuz arranged by Göksel Yilmaz.
This video was recorded in Bimhuis Amsterdam for VPRO Vrije Geluiden.




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