Ayse's Trail: One woman's hike through Turkey and time. Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : January 6, 2015
- File Size : 2801 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 358 pages
- Publisher : Mudhouse Publishing; 1st Edition (January 6, 2015)
- ASIN : B00RY7LE7U
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,820 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is difficult to classify, since it tells the tale of a young Turkish woman (Ayşe Metin) as told to a young British woman (Atulya Bingham), and sometimes each individual’s contribution cannot be readily separated. Be that as it may, any division is rather moot, since these two brash and self-empowered people are clearly soulmates. And one key to their shared spirituality is the mention-in-passing of Ayşe’s favorite book: Being in Dreaming by Florinda Donner (one of Carlos Castaneda’s so-called “witches”), which book was, in fact, translated into Turkish.
The author Atulya Bingham is now well-known as the Lycian High Priestess of Mud Construction, while the subject Ayşe Metin has become an avid and accomplished hiker. Both of them — last I heard — are now resident in Spain.
This book, however, is the story of Ayşe’s first solo, long-distance hike over a portion of the Lycian Trail along the Mediterranean coast of southwest Turkey, undertaken when Ayşe was fleeing past misfortunes and social restrictions, and when she was dangerously naive concerning the rigors of her impulsive undertaking. From my own youthful hiking adventures in Turkey during the 1960s, I can appreciate the challenges of flash floods, brush fires, water scarcity, heat stroke, giant and insanely possessive sheep dogs, scorpions, etc. I also understand the “hiker’s high” arising from prolonged exertion and extreme exhaustion, and from accomplishing one’s goals. I have also experienced the same generous hospitality and help of many rural Turks along the way.
Ayşe — or is it Atulya? — initially hopes that her impulsive hike will exorcise haunting, bad memories, but she discovers that memories are part and parcel of what each of us must carry with us wherever we go. And those memories contribute to the current experience when — in each moment — we make decisions about our future direction. This means no two people can hike the same trail, because each of us packs unique memories. Nor can the same person walk the same trail twice, because inexorable time alters all things from moment to moment. Or, as they say, “You can never step into the same river twice.”
So, Ayşe makes peace with her own past experiences, and grows in awareness of the continuous flow of spirit and experience arising from each traveler who has passed along the Lycian Trail from antiquity until now, and from each traveler who will pass along this trail in the future. A lovely and inspiring meditation wrapped in an adventure travelogue.
The story is well crafted and as a person who has lived in this part of Turkey for many years, I am amazed at Ms. Bingham's ability to put into words what this land feels like to me, through her descriptions - its unforgivingness, but at the same time its tremendous beauty and enchantedness which seems to possess some people and bring them back here time after time. In a way, the land actually becomes the third main character - it is very much alive.