A Turkish lady and academician who beforehand traveled tens of 1000’s of kilometers on her motorbike in Europe and Asia, is now touring Africa as a part of a documentary undertaking: “Africa via the eyes of a lady.”
Asli Ozbay, who has traveled soli to nations in East Africa to the southern tip of the continent on her motorbike, started her journey in Kenya in June and now has the nations on the southern Atlantic coast of Africa on her agenda.
Whereas Ozbay shares her experiences often on social media as she has executed beforehand. She plans to make a documentary that can present Africa via the eyes of a Turkish lady with visuals she shot within the course of.
Ozbay, who can be an academician with the school of sports activities sciences at Turkey’s Istanbul Gedik College, additionally desires to contribute to strengthening educational ties between Africa and Turkey with the journey.
– ‘Every route seems like a distinct journey that brings me along with myself’
Ozbay informed the Anadolu Company about her experiences on a motorbike to the depths of the African continent the place “not everybody goes.”
She beforehand skilled using a motorbike on a number of routes from the deserts of Morocco to the Himalayan Mountains.
“Every route seems like a distinct journey that brings me along with myself,” she stated.
She had hesitations about safety points earlier than beginning his journey. “I believed it might be harmful, however quite the opposite, the journey to Africa has been one of many most secure and most snug journeys I’ve ever felt — like I’m residence,” she stated.
Opposite to what she anticipated, she stated she was having financial difficulties and the African route was probably the most costly she has ever seen.
Ozbay stated the typical value of lodging in some nations, comparable to Botswana, will be 1,000 Turkish Lira ($73,35) per night time and he or she suggested those that are planning to go to the continent to carry tents to benefit from reasonably priced and protected tenting areas.
She has visited Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa on her motorbike, and her subsequent route is Namibia and Angola.
– Notion of time in Africa
She stated she has good recollections of every nation. “Tanzania has been essentially the most spectacular nation I’ve visited in Africa thus far.”
Emphasizing that the African folks have all the time approached her positively, Ozbay burdened that Africans have modified the way in which she perceived life.
And her notion of time in Africa is completely different from the remainder of the world.
“Issues can go somewhat gradual right here,” she stated.
“We determined to go to the market place along with the receptionist of the place the place I stayed in Botswana as soon as. I used to be going to pay for the highway.
“The receptionist stated: ‘It is too shut, it will take 5 minutes, let’s stroll.’ Our stroll took about 1.5 hours.”
– No regrets
Though it’s troublesome due to damaged roads in some components of Africa, she stated she was in a position to overcome the difficulties because of the helpfulness of African folks.
“For instance, as soon as a pregnant African lady carrying her different child on her again got here to assist me and tried to push the 350-kilogram (772-pound) engine. It was very spectacular for me,” she stated.
Ozbay suggested these eager to journey in Africa on a motorbike that they obtain protected driving coaching from an expert teacher, noting that security just isn’t a significant hazard in most nations.
She stated the look she discovered within the eyes of an African particular person significantly affected her.
“I believe that essentially the most lovely continent that may be seen on this planet, essentially the most lovely nations are in Africa,” she stated.
“For those who come right here, you’ll positively not remorse it,” she added.