PHOTO REPORT – Iran: two parallel worlds gazing at and discovering each other… (Day 11 – Yazd and guided tour by Jesus…)


After Shiraz and Persepolis it was time for the hot Yazd. Very hot.

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PHOTO REPORT – Iran: two parallel worlds gazing at and discovering each other… (Day 10 – Persepolis and Yazd with an apartment only to ourselves!)


We said good-bye to our host in Shiraz and headed towards Yazd. But first, we visited the ancient town of Persepolis.

Previously I wrote several times about the incredible hospitality if the Iranian people. It’s not a legend, it’s not an exaggeration: they are the most hospitable people I’ve ever met. Just take this example: in Yazd, Ali offered us his entire home even though he was not even in town. I’m on CouchSurfing since 2006 and on Hospitality Club since 2005, but didn’t ever have this experience.

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PHOTO REPORT – Iran: two parallel worlds gazing at and discovering each other… (Day 9 – Drinking alcohol and having a party in Shiraz!)


People were gazing us in the streets, they were trying to discover us. We were also extremely curious of them, so when we found somebody who spoke English, questions were flying… 🙂 The two parallel worlds were simply gazing and discovering each other.

Shiraz was gracious to us: we met somebody who offered us his entire home, plus… alcohol, music and video clips showing women in a provocative light. Highly illegal in Iran…

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PHOTO REPORT – Iran: two parallel worlds gazing at and discovering each other… (Day 8 – Around Paneda and trip to Shiraz)


It was hot. Not she. It. The weather. But not so much in the mountains, in Padena, where our host’s, Souroush’s family lives.

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PHOTO REPORT – Iran: two parallel worlds gazing at and discovering each other… (Day 7 – Wedding at the Qashqai nomad tribe and Padena)


Sunday, September 17: we set out on a long and adventurous (later it turned out to be) journey to the mountains. Thanks to Soroush we visit his family in the Padena region and meet the Qashqai nomad tribe. Moreover, we manage to attend a wedding…

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PHOTO REPORT – Iran: two parallel worlds gazing at and discovering each other… (Day 6 – Isfahan, tea invitation and an Iranian artist)


After the Maranjab desert, the caravanserai, the campfire and the party with alcohol, we continued our roundtrip in Iran with a visit to Isfahan. Well, what can we say, people have yet again been very gracious to us, but especially our CouchSurfing hosts: Soroush, Saied and Simi.

Which of them is an artist? Who invited us for tea and why?

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PHOTO REPORT – Iran: two parallel worlds gazing at and discovering each other… (Day 5 – Kashan and the desert, plus the PARTY…)


Kashan was gracious to us. He had nice hosts, had a good dinner and sleep. We went sightseeing and to the desert the next day. What a party (with alcohol!) we had there!

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