Don’t think that life is over at 60. A 60-year-old Muslim lady from Turkey found unexpected fame when she lost her camera which held some interesting secrets.
Ayşe Kurucu had just injured her ankle and had missed her bus. As a 60-year-old Turkish lady with an injured ankle, she had little choice but to hitchhike for a ride.
Luckily for her, a young Turkish couple traveling in a car on a long distance drive gave her a lift. They chatted, and the couple asked what she was doing here all by herself. She told them that she loves traveling and had just missed her tour bus. They hardly believed her.
After they dropped her off at her destination, they realized hours later that she left her camera behind. To their surprise, they really found that the old lady loves to travel, and had photos of her at the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, among others.
The couple was determined to return the camera to its owner. So they posted her photos on Facebook asking for people how to get hold of her. The Facebook post went viral.
However, not everyone believed in the viral story. Some thought it was a hoax.
Watch this video of the couple’s retrace steps to track down Ayse.
Meet Ayse Teyze (Aunt), the 60-year-old hitchhiker whose travels went viral after she forgot her camera in a young couple’s car. This is the story of their journey to find her.
Posted by TRT World on Saturday, January 21, 2017
When Ayşe met the couple,she was very happy to have her camera back.
“I was upset when I realized my camera was lost. …….. Those photographs were very important to me. I also had not backed up my photographs. … You [the couple] gave the world to me.” she said.
She also hit back at claims that the story was a social media hoax.
“Why do people think an old woman traveling the world is strange? Why do you think this is fake? Can a middle-aged woman who is a housewife not love traveling?”
Ayse now backs up her photos of her travels on Instagram. You can now follow her globe trotting adventures online.
Farah Ishak is a Content Writer at Halalop. She grew up in the United Kingdom where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Management. Later, she completed her MBA and held senior-level positions in Malaysian based MNC. She left the corporate world to be with her young kids. She is passionate about issues concerning Muslim women, Startups and Muslim businesses in general.