Login:   Pass:     Register - Forgot Password - Resend Activation

Turkish Class Forums / Turkey


Add reply to this discussion
Moderators: libralady, sonunda
Deniz cycled from Holland to Turkey in 28 days
1.       JNQ
465 posts
 06 Nov 2015 Fri 12:14 pm

Deniz Özdemir (19) abandoned his highschool education and cycled from his home town Zwolle (Holland) to his families country Turkey. “Why not? You only live once.”


Life is so beautiful and all this beauty seemed to pass me by.


Actually he hates to ride a bike. He doesn’t go to school anymore, he prefers to take his scooter to his job as a pizzacourier and he walks to the gym. And still he chose to get on a bike and cycle from Zwolle to his fatherland Turkey. “I felt caught. Life is so beautiful and all this beauty seemed to pass me by.”



It took him almost a month. He filmed the whole trip with a camera and now that it is on internet he is ready to talk about his experience. “I always lived on automatic pilot. To school, to work, to the gym, sleep. I wanted to break that neverending pattern.”


So he did. And he could not have been more drastic. From one day to another he quit his top level highschool education, even though he was on his way to a diploma with great grades. “I don’t believe this paper will give me the experience that makes this life worth living. Society wants you to abide the rules, that you go to school and work for a boss. I’m really not interested in that.”



At the beginning of August the moment of leaving came. Two thousand euro’s savings, two philosophy books and lots of water in his bikebag. Deniz didn’t plan a route, the navigation app on his phone should be enough. “I left in the direction of Germany, took a bit of the French Alps and then descended to Switzerland. I wanted to see Italy, so I rode my bike to Milan and Rimini. Through Athens I went to Izmir, where my uncle lives.”



After 28 days of cycling, from the Terborch street in Zwolle to the west coast of Turkey, he lost 11 kilo’s and gained a world of experience. “You can see it in my movie. I really can’t believe it. When I saw the house of my uncle, I just broke. What a bizarre feeling. You arrive in Turkey on a bike, not on a plane. It’s amazing. I sold the bike in Izmir. I was done. I can recommend this kind of journey to anyone. F*ck the system, just do what makes you happy. You only live once.”



Watch the movie here: https://youtu.be/870PCoRituA



Source: de Stentor

Edited (11/6/2015) by JNQ

denizli and defacto liked this message
2.       denizli
961 posts
 06 Nov 2015 Fri 05:25 pm


Quoting JNQ

...Society wants you to abide the rules, that you go to school and work for a boss. I’m really not interested in that.”




Good point but my boss gives me stuff, like money.

defacto and JNQ liked this message
3.       JNQ
465 posts
 08 Nov 2015 Sun 07:15 pm

Yeah, and I like money. Because then I can buy stuff. Like food. And a plane ticket.


(Still despite the juvenile take on life, I love road stories Wink 


defacto and denizli liked this message
Add reply to this discussion

Turkish Dictionary
Turkish Chat
Open mini chat
New in Forums
TLC servers hacked, all user emails & pass...
admin: We removed the user password data from the servers until the issue is ...
E-T: It´s one of the things on my bu...
gokuyum: No. It doesnt make sense. You can say ... yapmak istediğim bi...
og2009: DÜNYA TOPLUMU VE FELSEFE ... okul ... felsefe ... ....
Holidays in Turkey
: ...
24 HOUR FLASH SALE for learning Turkish e-...
qdemir: ...
Grammar Textbook
qdemir: ...
E-T: I see you have done this before?
harp00n: Bunu ... daha önce de ... Bu konuda iyi olduğun ç...
og2009: ...
og2009: ...
og2009: ...
og2009: ...
harp00n: ...
Random Pictures of Turkey
Most liked