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From Iranian hospitality to ancient Persepolis When we decided to go to Iran we had no idea what to expect! Iran has already surprised us on so many levels, with it’s rich culture and vide variety of interesting places. After spending a few days in Iran and getting over the culture shock, we realized that 1 month is definitely not enough time to visit all the places worth seeing here! So we did some heavy scheduling and decided which places to visit next. Saying goodbye to the lovely family in Lar After the desert city, Lar, our journey continued up north towards the former capital, Shiraz. Before we left Mohammad and his family in Lar they gave us a warm blessing and made us kiss the Quran (Koran) and walk under it, a tradition for good luck and safe travels. After five hours by bus to Shiraz we could feel a huge temperature change, not only because we were travelling north but also due to increased elevation, Shiraz is 1500 m above sea level. We arrived in Shiraz in the middle of the night waiting for our host from couchsurfing to meet us. Unfortunately he never showed up so we were wandering around in […]

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When we set out to plan our journey to the Far East we hadn’t decided on staying for long in the Middle East. We had only planned on stopping over in Dubai for a short visit before reaching Sri Lanka.  However we had heard some amazing stories from backpackers who had visited Iran. At first our ignorant minds wandered about ISIS in Iraq and Taliban’s in Afghanistan. How can it possibly be safe to travel to Iran, bordered between these two unstable countries? But we were wrong! After filtering through media propaganda and US embassy warnings, we found heaps of real stories from travellers all mentioning how safe it is to travel to Iran. Violent crime rates are low (lower than US) and tourism is quite underdeveloped making it hard for people to live on pickpocketing tourists. After more online research we discovered all the amazing things Iran has to offer. The country is huge with four season occurring in different places all year round. Iran seems to offer everything a nature-lover can desire. You can go skiing in the world class skiing resort in Dizin, hike up Damavand volcano (5610 m, the largest peak in the Middle East), take […]

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