Martin Radford Blue Skies, Olives, Oranges and Expats, about Greece and Turkey, & A Different Lifetime: stepping back in time in the former Yugoslavia

Books by Martin Radford (Travel Writer)


Blue Skies, Olives, Oranges and Expats

Blue Skies, Olives, Oranges & Expats


In January 2007, I set off again into the unknown. I had a one-way ticket to Crete, a three day hotel booking, and an appointment to teach English for five months. I had abandoned my original idea of travelling in Eastern Europe in favour of warmer climates, or at least I hoped so. Well, the climate turned out to be a little cooler and damper than expected, but the impending possibility of some catastrophe developing out of having a one-way ticket with no secure plan upon arrival, luckily did not happen. I found myself working in Sitia, a small remote town facing out into the Aegean, isolated from its nearest neighbours by hazardous mountain passes: in fact Sitia continued in its isolation just as it had always done in the past. However, rather than confining me to one location, as had been my previous travel experience, this trip enabled me both the time and ability to explore beyond the local area. An Easter pay bonus from my employer enabled me to see a little of Greece, Rhodes to be exact, and Marmaris on the opposite shores of Turkey.
©Martin Radford 2014





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A Different Lifetime: stepping back in time in the former Yugoslavia

A Different Lifetime: stepping back
in time in the former Yugoslavia

This is an account of the four months I spent working in the former Yugoslavia, a journey I made in both in distance and time. I found myself living a lifestyle that had existed in the west forty years earlier. I was living in a friendly crime free society where people were amazed to discover that I found it necessary to even consider locking my door. But despite this, getting paid always posed a problem, and led to some strange confrontations with my boss, who at all other times when money was not the issue was always my friend. So here then are my memories of the local culture, my friends, my work, and my attempts to explore the local and neighbouring areas. ©Martin Radford 2012





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