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Read some articles about the making of the Sufi Trail and an interview with the makers of the Sufi Trail. The articles are in Dutch but can be translated with Google Translate.
Anatolia through the eyes of a pilgrim
The Sufi Trail is a long-distance hiking route from Istanbul to Konya that seeks to revive the ancient tracks used by foot pilgrims on their way to Mecca. Marian Brehmer spoke to the trail’s founder and hiking route developer Sedat Çakır
Our Bike tour in Yalova didn’t go unnoticed.
At an early stage of my studies, I realized I was not really sure of what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The pressure I felt to graduate was bigger than my courage to drop everything and I had no money to do something else. Therefore, whilst still studying, I started planning a trip that would allow me some time to actually work on myself instead of just following the footsteps society decided I had to. It has been almost one year now and I have had a huge range of every kind of experiences that have made me face different sides of myself – most of which I had no idea they existed. From all the experiences I have had, one of the most intense and profound ones has definitely been hiking. I have found out that hiking is always a unique opportunity to be with myself, surrounded by nature, and in a deep meditative state of presence while simply walking. That way, I have seen parts of countries most tourists never will if they do not go away from the big touristy centers. I have also met local people who told me how they experienced the history museums can only report on. Most importantly, I have built a beautiful relationship with myself, learning how to respect my own pace while being out there in nature, where my mind could finally find stillness. As Nietzsche would say, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”.
Alberto Senna, Brazilian, 24 years old.
The Dutch publisher Aan de Slag has an on-line e-zine and newspaper for the youngsters in leaving school having to decide what to do next or even can years between studies. This is the perfect time to start your Sufi Trail hike, it gives you a wide perspective of many aspects of life. There is no better teacher than travelling the world.
Sufi Trail in the 800 Pilgrimage Routes in the World “Le Guide des chemins de pèlerinage du monde” by Fabienne Bodan
On our last group hike towards Konya we were welcomed by the Konya newspapers, below you find the article in Turkish.