On August 16, 1977, the morning after Elvis Presley theoretically met his end on the toilet in Graceland, a chubby man in a white linen suit and an ill-fitting blonde wig bought a one way ticket from Memphis to Istanbul. He paid in cash and used the name John Burrows. Once he arrived in Turkey, he started bouncing around the hippie trail, hitchhiking from Tehran to Peshawar, Kabul to Lahore, Delhi to Goa, Kathmandu to Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Instead of staying in the finest hotels, where he would have certainly been noticed, he bunked in guesthouses, small lodgings run by local families and foreign Heads. In 1979, political changes in the Middle East put an end to the hippie trail. John Burrows had grown tired of the nomadic lifestyle and settled on the outskirts of the old quarter of Kathmandu, where he opened a small bar inspired by his years spent in guesthouses on the hippie trail. After the place had been open for a year, John didn't come to work one day. No one knows for sure where he went. A gin-soaked journalist claimed to have spotted him on the beach in Occupied Cambodia, and others claimed that he had made his way into the ethnic minority areas of Southwest China. Eventually, his landlord took the space back and the building was demolished to make way for a shopping mall. But a few photos of the bar survived, and we have recreated its exact replica here.
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