John was feeling very poorly and wanted to find a doctor - according to the hotel desk, a doctor's appointment would cost 200 rials (£1). It was snowing quite heavily but I decided to walk to the Post Office to collect my mail. John had returned from the doctors with his 180 rials worth of medicine including syrup and penicillin. In the afternoon, Michael, Heather and myself headed towards the bazaar. We passed the Golestan Palace which was sadly closed for New Year but you could still admire its decorative beauty by peering through the railings. By this time, the heavy snow had turned to rain and many of the roads were flooded - the bedlam added to by the mad city drivers - my feet were frozen. The bazaar was a huge disappointment and was more like woolworth with lots of the shops selling household items and cheap trinkets. Later we found the carpets and jewellery. Unlike Istanbul, there was less hassle from the shopkeepers whilst at the same time it was considerably less inviting and inspiring. There was a lot of joustling and there was much pandemonium when two saucers were knocked from a tray - physical fighting was averted though ! For the first time we became very conscious that some women were wearing headscarves which completely covered their faces leaving only their eyes visible.
We found a reasonable restaurant after an initial alarm looking through one cafe window - the soup seemed to comprise of a mixture of animal intestines (and probably was) ! Fortunately Teheran had a significant number of excellent cake shops to raise the spirits albeit the cakes were very sweet. I bought some more halva as well so enjoyed a totally unbalanced diet. We returned to Hotel Amir Kabir and spent some time in the warm but smoky lounge. Most of us were feeling unwell with various degrees of colds no doubt influenced by weeks of damp weather and the poorly ventilated rooms. It was a dismal day and New Year would mean that most of the tourist sites would be closed.
Travelled overland to Australia in 1972 taking 4 months and after 20 months in Australia travelled back through Indonesia taking 3 months. I have read and admired lots of blogs on this website and have decided to add my diary from my first travels. I will endeavour to update my pages in line with the 1972 dates. Unfortunately my films from London to Kabul were lost in the post and therefore I cannot add my own photographs until later in the journey! The first ten days were spent travelling through Germany and some days were staying with student friends hence they are less challenging (and mayb... full info