Renaissance Woman – Inka Piegsa-Quischotte
Posted February 18, 2016on:
I was fortunate indeed to have been introduced to Inka Piegsa-Quischotte by a fellow Canadian travel writer, Ruth Kozak. Inka became my very first new friend when I moved to Spain a little over a year ago. She is an incredibly talented individual, is well travelled, has lived in a number of countries and can speak several languages. You must check out her blog Glamourgrannytravels for interesting and informative travel articles on unique places and events you may not have heard about.
I was very pleased when she agreed to be featured as a guest on my blog.
Interview with Inka Piegsa-Quischotte
Tell us a little about yourself.
Born in Germany, I went to University in Bonn, Freiburg and Berlin, but started out in Basel/Switzerland, reading international law. I spend the first 30 years of my life as an international attorney, running my own law firm in London, England and Marbella, Spain.
During the course of my first professional life, I travelled the world, seeing absolutely nothing. From airport to hotel to offices and back. I have been to the most exotic places and never had a chance to savour the culture, the sights and the ‘real’ people.
One day, I just woke up and decided: enough is enough. I still want to travel but now I want to really SEE things. So, I sold my firm, my house, bought a small apartment in Turkey just to have a pied a terre and started to do what I really wanted to do.
It helped that I have no family which makes me totally independent and that I had a few bucks stashed away.
When I didn’t have to write briefs, I have always written short stories and the odd poem, so I decided to share my travel experiences with like minded people and started the glamourgranny.
As the title indicates, I like to travel the world in some style and comfort. Back packing is not for me, but I’m perfectly able to adapt to circumstances.
- You are a well-travelled person. Can you tell us the places you have been to.
Many years ago I went on my first big trip: six months by car from Algeria to Ivory Coast and then across the continent to Kenya and Tanzania, then down to South Africa. That’s when the travel bug bit and I have been to all counties in Europe except Scandinavia. I have also been to New York and Miami, Turkey, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Hong Kong Sharja, Russia and Lebanon. I love Arabic culture and return to the Middle East as often as I can.
- What is your favourite place and why?
I have two: Istanbul and New York. What both have in common is the absolute limitless possibility to discover new aspects and sights. They are also big cities and I’m a city person as opposed to a country girl.
- Tell us about the books you have written.
I have written two novels and two guidebooks. One is a guide to Galicia and the other a literary guide to Istanbul following the footsteps of three authors. My novels are just entertainment. I started out writing short stories and the odd poem and only later turned to travel writing. But, human nature holds great fascination and it’s just fun to invent characters and let them loose in my imagination.
- Do you have any plans to write another book?
Yes and that’s a more serious and complex enterprise. It’s a historic novel about Roxelana, the wife of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, title Queen of Intrigue. The book requires a lot of research to make it historically authentic, something I haven’t got around to yet, but am working on it.
- I love the name of your blog, The Glamour Granny. How did you come up with that clever name?
Thanks for calling it clever. My blog is meant for female travellers, solo travellers, baby boomers and those who love style and comfort. I had to come up with a name encompassing all the above and in a flash of inspiration, the glamourgranny was born
- What inspires you?
Books, images, other people’s travel tales. I see something that fascinates me…I have to go and see for myself.
- Can you tell my readers how you manage to keep that spirit of adventure?
Easy. I’m born with it. I cannot imagine to stay in one place forever, that’s why I change countries to live in every two or three years. Any time longer and I get restless.
Books by Inka Piegsa-Quischotte
City of the Green Eyed Beauty A delightful literary guide to Istanbul
Thank you so much Inka for sharing a bit about yourself with my readers, and a huge thank you for your friendship.