Ben Around the World Diary – Day 43 – 16th September 2018

Ben Around the World Diary – Day 43 – 16th September 2018

  • ODO 4942km
  • Location Sivas
  • Weather 5-26

I slept beautifully thanks to a new set of earplugs I bought to drown out the snores of the hostel room in Göreme. Waking a little before sunrise to pack up quickly and head back onto the Sunday highway. Quieter than the day before. 100km rolled by before lunch with only a couple of road blocks for drunk drivers stopping me in the road. At each one I slowed down a little and the Polis approached me. I’m a little intimated by the authorities in Turkey. There are a lot more guns on hips than I’m used to. But each time they ask where are you from. Or wave in encouragement.

For the last 30km, I was in for a real treat. The old highway rolled up and over some shallow hills. Warn red and orange with channels splitting and splitting patterns of geologically striped gullies. The road wound up past one or two houses and I would through several beards of cows waving at the shepherd boys and skirting their dogs. From the mountains I descended into the town of Sivas. As the sun was setting I felt a hotel was in order so I found a cheap clean little spot and settled in. For the price it’s definitely something I’ll consider more often.


Ben Bowler is the Co-Founder of Chew, the live streaming community that connects a new generation of DJs, producers and personalities. Having built his career in music and media companies AEI Media and Vice, he noticed young fans today are no longer passive consumers but content creators as well. Launching Chew in January 2015 the community has exploded internationally in the first year and Ben has received press and industry notice, being awarded the IMS Visionaries award last year. Ben continues to build and expand Chew internationally throughout 2016.
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