Written by Othmar Fetz

Several weeks ago I got a nice present from a LIONS-friend – a weekend trip to Istanbul, flight and hotel inclusive. She won that ticket from sabtours at the charter night of LIONS Club Wels Thalheim, Upperaustria. Right after she got the price on stage she came to me and told me: “Othmar, you can use that trip for your book – it’s yours now”. It was such an amazing feeling to get such a big thing as sponsoring of my project. It was the chance for me to get to know an exciting new city, a new culture as well as amazing new people.

So since this trip was organized from a travel agency I got the best service before and during the trip. My flight left on Friday 5th of December from Salzburg Airport (about an hour by train and 20 mins by bus from my hometown) around noon. After a very nice two hours flight I landed in Istanbul. I was picked up by a local tour-guide and was brought by shuttle-service to the Hotel Klas in Sultanahmet, the old-town and historic center of Istanbul. So this is how my first day started as well as ended. I was walking around the old town without any plan where to go and explored the surrounding of my hotel for around six hours. To be honest: I was pretty much overstrained by the cultural clash between orient and modern business. The huge buildings are really huge, one mosque greater then the other one.

DSC_4642 DSC_4647 DSC_4651DSC_4676 DSC_4681 DSC_4695 DSC_4698DSC_4704 DSC_4707 DSC_4717 DSC_4728 DSC_4731 DSC_4732 DSC_4733 DSC_4736 DSC_4740 DSC_4758 DSC_4761 DSC_4762 DSC_4770 DSC_4775 DSC_4784 DSC_4795 DSC_4800 DSC_4803 DSC_4813 DSC_4822 DSC_4828 DSC_4853 DSC_4865 DSC_4879 DSC_4909 DSC_4944 DSC_4956 DSC_4957 DSC_4980

Get even more inspiration!

On 400 pages I show community service of young people, whom I was able to accompany during self-organiced travels to 25 countries between 2014 and 2017.