THE NOMADS STORY

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THE NOMADS STORY2017-08-24T14:11:55+00:00

It’s the summer of 1975- the year before the Sex Pistols released Anarchy in the UK – Bob Marley is playing live in London – “No woman , no cry ” is high in the charts. Paul Simon is “still crazy after all these years “. Pink Floyd “Wish you were here ” are preparing for Knebworth, with The Steve Miller Band. Jefferson Airplane have recently become Jefferson Starship. Patti Smith debuts “Horses “, Bowie – “Young Americans “. Dylan has released “Blood on the tracks “,The Grateful Dead  “Blues for Allah ” and Led Zeppelin are on the road.

Moi aussi !

I’m sitting in “The Pudding shop ” in Sulthanamet – Istanbul – the infamous meeting place for travellers heading for or returning from India/Nepal – the crossroads between East and West. Here you could meet like-minded souls and exchange travellers tales of Afghanistan and the mystical beyond! I had spent the previous month on trains – extensively using my £21 Interail pass – which had got me as far as Greece , and now in Turkey I was rapidly running out of cash! The road to Kathmandu was beckoning – my soul was stirring ! Travel was in my blood ,inherited from my grandfather, Gordon Thompson, famous missionary doctor in China in the 1920’s who went exploring Tibet at that time.

to be continued ……

Phil