Hakan Kocatürk, Turkish Guide

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Hello! I’m Hakan Kocatürk…

I was born in Tarsus, the city of St Paul, and graduated from Tarsus Amerikan Koleji (Tarsus American High School). I loved mathematics, and was pretty good at it, so at the university I majored in electrical engineering, thinking this would be a way to get a good job.

Early on, I realized that my real loves are archeology, travel, nature, conservation, and helping people. I pursued my dream, finishing the professional training course to be a licensed tour guide.

Since 1992 I’ve been guiding groups, families, couples and individuals around Turkey. I particularly enjoy showing them archeological and religious sites(Muslim, Christian and Jewish), on tours of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor, and following in the footsteps of St Paul (my fellow citizen of Tarsus!)

Whether guiding or not, I’m concerned with ecology, our environment, and preservation of Turkey’s natural heritage.

I like to think of myself as an open-minded person who loves meeting and helping people.

 


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