Welcome to Persia!

It was about time to move from Yerevan… I had spent two wonderful months, in the gorgeous Armenian capital! So I packed my stuff and my memories and went to the bus terminal. A bus was there, with a sign on it : Tehran… This was my next destination. I loaded my bicycle and my bags on it

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and jumped in  🙂

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The route through the south, full of snow Armenian mountains was extraordinary beautiful!

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So much awesomeness leaves you breathless  😀

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Before nightfall, we made a stop for food, at a place with fairychimneys…

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Late at night we were at the border and this is the only decent photo i could make, because it was prohibited.

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First stop at Iranian ground for refueling.

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And then silence…

I woke up the next morning, right before we arrive in Tehran’s west bus terminal. So after 23 hours in the bus, i was out again.

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The Iranian capital was yelling at me, to fall into it’s rhythm! And so i did 😀

Right across the street of the bus terminal, i faced this magnificent, enormous monument.

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It is the Azadi tower, the symbol of modern Tehran. It combines elements of the architecture of both, Sassanid and Achaemenid eras, while also from Post-Islamic Iranian architecture. It is for sure, the most impressive monument i have seen until now!

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After crossing the crazy traffic of Tehran, i was finally before noon at the office of Mehrdad, my new host. He welcomed me really warm and kind. He is a hard working married man, that is a university professor, book writer and an English language center owner. He is so busy, so i helped him a little by attending some of his classes and talked about my journey to the kids. It was awesome!  😀

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Next morning found me walking around at the streets of Tehran, with one of Mehrdad’s students. Her name is Minoo. First we had been at the big bazaar, after at a park and in the end at the language center. We had really nice talks and great time together. Thanks Minoo!

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After that i met Alale, from couchsurfing. I was not aware of what was about to come… After some really nice, calm and deep discussions we had, Alale’s sister arrived and everything exploded! We couldn’t stop laughing the 3 of us… Everything became so hilariously funny! And the day ended fighting with a crazy taxi driver, because he was not right on the deal we had. But what a day, it was  🙂

The next days i was wandering around Tehran and visited the Persian Ancient History museum.

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It is so amazing to realize, that civilization started 10.000 years ago in Persia… And at this time it was totally on a highly advanced level. You should visit Persia, or research about it, to see it for yourselves!

I also met Alale and her sister Sepidar through couchsurfing. We went out two times, with the same results… 3 hours of continuous laughing!  :mrgreen: I love these girls, they are awesome!

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So after 4 days, i decided to leave for the south of Iran. I packed and hit the road, this time by hitchhiking.

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He was the first man that trusted me in his car and he was going all the way to Kashan!

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We arrived there at noon and i found my host. He had a falafel little shop and i found him there. Mehdi is his name and his english level was beginner, but we managed to communicate somehow. The next day i started wandering around the amazing little alleys of Kashan, that make you think you exist 500 years before.

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The bazaar of the city also left me speechless.

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Also i met Ahmad and he invited me to his house for lunch! Of course i accepted and we went at his house, that his woman had prepared delicious food. We talked a lot, shared photos and even sleep on the carpets! At the afternoon, Ahmad returned me back to Mehdi’s house. Thanks for everything man, you rock!  🙂

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Next morning i had to say goodbye to Mehdi, my kind host. Thank you so much for everything!

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I started to hitchhike, when a man stopped his car in front of me. I asked him if he was going to Isfahan and he told me to get in. He took me to the bus terminal… I was telling him that i don’t want, but he wouldn’t listen. We went there and he payed for my bus ticket to Isfahan, with me screaming to him not to do it. He didn’t care. He also gave me money… I didn’t accept it, but he put them into my pocket and left. Around the Good World on top level! This was the guy, that i don’t even know his name. Thanks a million and be well! 😀

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I arrived at i Isfahan 3 hours later, to realize that it is a very beautiful city. I walked by the river

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and reached the Siosepol bridge, the symbol of the city.

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After i waited till afternoon and went to my host’s house. His name is Arad. At this time there was a Japanese girl and a Polish guy already at the house and also 2 more German’s arrived after me. So the 6 of us had dinner together, discussed and went to bed.

Next day I discovered the beauty of Isfahan city. I visited the Emam square

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which is totally amazing, the Emam mosque,

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next to the square, the bazaar and for the end, the magnificent Jameh mosque. The photos really cannot represent not even a little the greatness of it.

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At all this time I was accompanied by Hosein, a friend from couchsurfing that showed and explained me everything around.

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We also met a friend of him, that is a carpet shop owner. He literally explained us everything about carpets! Nomadic carpets, city carpets, silk carpets and magic carpets  😛

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After, we went to Hosein’s home to continue, until we got home for sleep. Another fully beautiful day! Next morning i was lazy and slept more. When everybody was awake, we went with Arad to the mountain close, to hike it. So after a really dangerous path, after 2 hours we were at the top, to have this super-awesome view.

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After we all slowly returned home for relaxing. The next morning was about time to leave again, so i went out of the city and started hitchhiking. 250kms before Shiraz, i met Esy. An Iranian hitchhiker with his friend, that they were hitchhiking also to Shiraz.

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So we all went to Shiraz and Esy invited me to his house for lunch. His mother had cooked some delicious Persian food and we enjoyed a lot. Thanks man, it was great!

Next i met with Hooman, my new host. He is a 22 year old university student, that stays with his roommate Shorouz and they had 10 more curfers in the house… It was totally crazy, but a unique experience for all of us. Shiraz city wasn’t so special, but the highlight was the Holy Shrine.

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After 3 days there i headed to Bandar Abbass. It was really tough, but i managed to hitchhike 700km that day… I slept the night at a park, right on the Persian Gulf and the next morning, i took the boat to Qeshm island across. And this is where the adventure starts!

To Be Continued…