Your host and tour guide Oğuz Kösebalaban
Oğuz Kösebalaban has been working as a tour guide for many years, now he is working on his guide book of Istanbul , part of the content of which can be viewed at his İstanbul travel information blog , http://mristanblue.wordpress.com/ that had over 7000 (*) visitors within two years, with popular historical, cultıural, and archaelogical commentary on Istanbul and Turkey.
(His name Oğuz is pronounced as in ‘kudos‘ or, ” he owes you a tour ” . )
He escorted many visitors including state guests including Madame Freiberge – President of Latvia , visiting ministers, , tv crews like CBS, Friends of Museum of Art of Hong Kong. He also escorted top veteran generals of the US – members of AHAC , on an official visit to Turkey held in cooperation with the US Embassy. During President Bush’s visit to Turkey after “the gulf crisis” , 1991 , as a young tour guide, he was a driverguide for the nurse and military ataché of the President.
(*) google search for ” first love letter of the world + Istanbul ” , ” better Bosphorus cruise” , and an article on the cuisine ( for a delicasy called İclikofte in Turkish) – “sentimental meatballs” will lead to his blog within the first page search results among top three links. his sense of humour is also clear in the first page first link photo result of a google photo search for ” bitter Bosphorus cruise” .
Photography & Journalism
Oguz Kosebalaban is a former photo-journalist of the first Turkish parents magazine with various photos published in countrywide media including covers of the magazine. If you google “Kartonsan” – an art & culture prestige magazine , along with his name “Oguz Kosebalaban” , you may see one of his works as a cover.
Sample from his recent professional photography works are available on his facebook photography pages, Bitter Almond Photography.
Oguz Kosebalaban films documantery short movies , a semifinalist in Istanbul Festival short movie contest, his name is also on the Turkish short movie directors listings. He is at the stage of filming his demo program for a personal and communal development program, designed to to be published on internet and tv.