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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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The desert city Kerman After Shiraz we decided to visit the desert city, Kerman, located in East-Iran. It took us another 6 – 7 hours in a bus to get there. We were in a bit of a shock when we first entered the city, most buildings seemed either completely ruined or under construction. The reason is, the city is still recovering after a big earthquake 2003. In Kerman we were lucky to be invited to stay with a local named Mohsen. His house was situated in a creepy ally in one of the old streets close to the bazaar. At first we thought we were entering a slum, so we were surprised to find out that his house was on three floors and decorated with expensive carpets and furniture. We even got a private apartment just for ourselves! We enjoyed walking through the city, visiting different teahouses and old historical baths. During the evening it seemed like the whole city had arrived to do some shopping at the bazar. Salesmen were screaming out their products, claiming the best price and quality, selling everything from fresh vegetables and saffron to Persian carpets.  Here you mainly see locals shopping, unlike the […]

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