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Our last week in Iran was spent in and around the capital, Tehran. Regarded by outsiders as a busy, crowded and a polluted city with one of the worst traffic in the world. Our first impression fully agrees with that description. Arriving by metro at Imam Khomeini square was a complete chaos. It seems like the traffic doesn’t give a shit about pedestrians; the cars will never stop for you when crossing, even on the rare crossing lanes. The locals seem to know how to deal with this by playing a game of “chicken”, they just cross over boldly without hesitating, forcing the cars to cave in. Andri trying to cross the busy street. No traffic lights! Total chaos! We later found out that Imam Khomeini Square, named after their first religious leader, had been known as Shah Square before the Islamic Revolution in 1979. This is not the only example, but many mosques, gardens, squares and streets that had previously been named after the Shah’s, or the kings of Iran, for hundreds of years were now named after their religious leader or ayatollah. Many Iranians still use the old names in protest, but all maps and signs have been […]

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