The Invasion Of The Body-Snatchers

The beautiful and historic town of Safranbolu in Karabük Province is the scene of truly mysterious goings-on. I am convinced that Turks who visit the place are being abducted – ‘vanished’ into thin air, or even beamed up to orbiting spacecraft.

I’m not joking, this is deadly serious! Consider the facts: there are hardly any Turks to be seen anywhere on the streets as dusk falls and night closes in. A few individuals can be seen peering from the doorways of houses, hotels and shops as they anxiously scan the streets. What or who are they looking for? What or who are they afraid of?

dusk and the Scouts are out

On our last evening in the town we secretly captured the evidence of Aliens disguised as South Koreans and Taiwanese tourists searching the streets with their hand-held ‘Turktectors’. These Aliens patrol in pairs and some even go mob-handed as they rush from place to place pointing their devices at buildings, into windows and doorways. J and I were scanned on numerous occasions – whilst eating, entering our hotel and whilst sitting enjoying a quiet beer in the deep evening shadows.

These devices must have some seriously advanced technology or work at the extreme ends of the visual spectrum because my own fairly new camera was struggling to capture enough light even at the highest ISO settings. The Aliens, on the other hand, seemed to have no such problems.

I know many of you will think that I’m making all this up; that I’m some deranged ‘conspiracy theory’ nutter, but I’m not. Here is the rather grainy but un-PhotoShopped evidence – now tell me there aren’t advanced civilisations out amongst the stars or even a fifth dimension. How else to explain those missing Turks!

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü


here they come
the hunt is on . .
Jeez, they've spotted me - the garlic yoghurt is my last line of defense

14 thoughts on “The Invasion Of The Body-Snatchers

  1. Ah. The Turkish Twiglet Zone. Although I must confess that the ‘here they come’ photo is more redolent of Attack of the Killer Zombies than Close Encounters …

    I suggest you confuse them with a dressing of garlic yoghurt and then confiscate a Turktector – maybe you can reverse the beam to reinstate all the displaced Turks and at the same time enhance your night photography?

    What on earth did Jack see in these photos to prompt him to consider going straight?? Now I’m afraid.

    1. . . can’t think of any good reason to take photographic advice, let alone survival tips from someone who wanders around with a parrot on her arm!

  2. Great post. 🙂 Cappadocia was much a similar tale when we were there a few years ago. Safranbolu is somewhere we’ve wanted to visit for a long time. How is it – apart from the mysterious goings on?

    1. It has real charm which could be enhanced a thousand fold by restricting traffic. I would think a day is enough unless you use it as a base for touring the area. Karabuk next door is an industrial nightmare but Safranbolu is about 300mts higher so avoids the worst of the air pollution. Just wandering the back lanes takes you into a different world. Check out the last couple of posts for other stuff.

  3. Yeah, I concede the point about photography tips – but I must demur on the subject of survival. Parrots are an amazing piece of weaponry in their own right.

  4. Yeah, I concede your point about photography tips. However, I must demur on the subject of survival – you should know that parrots are formidable weapons in their own right.

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