Slow tourism in Sicily
i nostri traguardi e i futuri obiettivi
I'm Pelin Bayer, a world citizen born in Istanbul. I started travelling at the age of 16 and never quit again.
Ortigia - Siracusa
Phone + 39 392 2050978
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When I was a child, my mother used to say that the year I was born, the famous Bosphorus bridge, which connects the two sides of Istanbul, was opened. Without a doubt, the connection of the Oriental East with Europe was something to be told from generation to generation. That's why cities with bridges have always excited me.
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I first started travelling in my city. Istanbul taught me how you should visit a city. I realised that a city is not lived only by visiting its museums and walking around its parks at a very early age. To get to know a place, I saw that it was possible to learn things I could not find in books by talking to the people living in that city and listening to their stories.
I studied English language and literature at university, and I was also learning Italian.
The second bridge that had meaning in my life after Istanbul was Ponte Vecchio on the Arno river in Florence. It was as if I started sprinkling the seeds of my future in the early 90s.
I was so lucky that I had a second homeland; life brought me to Holland in 2002. There were more than 1000 bridges in the city where I lived, and I would fall in love with that city every day. During the years I lived in Amsterdam, there was nothing more exciting than flowing into the lives connected by the bridges.
I have been living in Siracusa since 2017. Perhaps it was the only bridge where I felt a sense of belonging, which I could not find for years, on the bridge that connects the new and old parts of the city.
I realised that a city is not lived only by visiting its museums and walking around its parks at a very early age...
The smallest but the most profound place I've lived. People's dialogues with each other, the way of life and the fact that everything has preserved its originality have brought me closer to the locals so quickly. Everything original impresses me so much in this place.
I decided to open this page to tell the artists' and artisans' stories to connect these lives with the world. More importantly, in the changing world order, getting to know local artists, local products, and their stories will increase the interaction between the tourism industy, travellers, and local people.
When you come to Siracusa, you can find me on the other side of the bridge; my stories are about to take you on an unforgettable trip with the locals of this place.
When you come to Siracusa, you can find me on the other side of the bridge...
Every single one
I can't count
Languages I speak
Strangers that became my friends
Cities I fell in love
Artisans who inspire me