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On our one way ticket to the Far East we never planned on stopping in Iran, a country we knew little about. However we had heard some amazing stories from backpackers who had visited Iran. So we decided to go for it! And boy are we happy that we did. We spent one month travelling the country, from the date palm trees in the south, through the deserts in the west to the freezing mountains in the north. Iran seems to offer everything a nature-lover can desire, where you can enjoy four seasons all-year round. Here you’ll find the hottest deserts on earth, the world’s largest water cave and the tallest mountains in the Middle-East. Not to mention, being repeatedly titled the most hospitable nation in the world by experienced travellers, with an unrivaled cultural heritage of ancient Persia. But is it really safe to visit Iran? At first our ignorant minds wandered about the Islamic State in Iraq and Afghani Taliban. 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 travel stories, all mentioning […]

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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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