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Middle East » Iran June 14th 2019

Na ranajky dojedena pizza a presne ako som sa s majitelom dohodol o 8.00 ma vyvaza do arealu persepolisu. Takto skoro rano minimum ludi ale slnko uz pekne prazi. Najhorsie, ze priamo do oci. Obchadzam dve bocne moderne budovy, nalavo odkladisko batohov (prazdna nevyuzita budova), napravo predaj listkov. Pochodujem si az pre vstup do archeologickeho objektu. Tu turnikety, vypnute, dvaja straznici co kukali listky len tak ledabolo. Tak reku dostanem sa zadarmo ale nedostal. Posilaju ma nazad 300m nech si kupim listok a batoh nech necham v bude pri hoteli. Domaci si kupovali listky v samoobsluznych strojoch za inu cenu. Chcel som to skusit ale pytalo to telefonne cislo, tak mozno to len sluzilo na vyzdvihnutie listkov kupenych cez net. V okienku fasujem listok. Do krasy nic moc, len pokladnicny blok s napisom cudzinec a aj ... read more

Middle East » Iran June 13th 2019

V klude do seba natlacene ranajky, zbalenie a vyplatenie ubytka. Nemali mi vydat tak mensia percentova zlava. Baba ang nevedela, na otazku ako sa dostat na bus terminal mi vytocila majitelku, ta mi chcela objednat taxi. To som odmietol, sak mam pipaciu kartu. Idem teda pesi az za zahrady dowlat abad k bus terminalu (na mape oznacene ako bus do Kherz abat) Cestou reku kupim vodu ale nikde ziadny obchodik a to som siel po hlavnom tahu. Nakonec tesne pred terminalom jednu kupujem. Na terminali sa pytam ludi ktora mhdecka ide na central bus terminal (ten na juhu, kam som prisiel) Traja ludia a kazdy mi povedal nieco ine. Ten treti ma poslal mimo terminal cez cestu. Tu mi chlapik potvrdzuje zastavku, o par minut prichadza bus a chlapik mi ukazuje nech nastupim. Pipam kartu a ... read more

Middle East » Iran June 9th 2019

Budicek uz o 3.45. tour ma zacat o 4.30. Nakonec nas guide vyzdvihuje o 4.45. A kto je guide? Ojebavacka z ubytka. Ideme na hlavnu kde nas caka terenak 4x4. Sup ho a po tme smer solne jazero. Vodic dava autaku zabrat, neskor opustame asfaltku a schadzame na polnacku. Sme v kamennej pusti. Vodic vsak neubera, tlmice dostavaju riadne zabrat. Neaky ten check point, zrejme tu sa malo platit 200k r ale nik tu neni a zrejme to bol ojeb, bo to fakt nevypada ako neaka mytnica. Prichadzame k solnemu jazeru. Ideme kusok dnu po ceste, kade chodia nakladiaky co vozia sol. Vonku uz svetlo ale slnko este neni hore. Splhame sa na strechu auta, sadame, fasujeme mini ranajky. Ked som sa pytal ojebavacky ci budu ranajky, vraj ano, podavaju sa od 8,30 na ubytku. Tak ... read more

Middle East » Iran » North June 3rd 2019

Noc v pohode. Zbieham dole k parkovisku kde v obchodiku kupujem neaky proviant na ranajky. Odtial smer vodopad. Podla mapy mam ist po ceste pre auta, no znacenie ma taha do kopca. Sledujem 3domacich. Nakonec k hlavnemu vodopadu nejdem ale slapem do kopca. Podla mapy idem smer neake vrcholy, sledujem furt chalanov. Dostavam sa na plosinku, kde pod stromami je par stanov Stupanie pokracuje, oproti mne ide familia. Klasika, nik tu nezdravi. Chalani si davaju pauzu, cul je to len na mne. Ale idem stale vo vyslapanej cesticke. Pekny vyhlad na dedinku na jednej strane a vysoke hory na druhej. I tu je na niektorych este trocha snehu. Obcas stretnem i dake kravy, ci pasucich sa konov. Rozcestnik, mapa vravi vpravo, preslapana cesticka vlavo. Idem vlavo, v kopci domcek a okolo neake plodiny. Pokracujem po fajn ... read more

Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran June 1st 2019

Budicek dost neskoro, kym som sa vymotal 1000 prec. Takze 12hod (podla cs) tura na kolakchal (3340m) nebude. Nasadam na modre metro, prestup na cervene a vyskocenie na konecnej tajrish. Vo vagonoch predajcovia blbovin, neskor aj hudobnici. Metro dost vytazene. Listok som si kupil v pokladni. Dostal som papierik s qr kodom, ten som prilozil k citacke, dvere sa otvorili a uz som bol dnu. Vacsina ludi mala nabijatelne karty. Na konecnej nekonecny vystup na povrh. Ked som myslel, ze uz som tam, prisiel dalsi eskalator. Na vystupe listok nebolo treba pipat avsak kartu hej. Na povrchu kopa obchodov, trznica a kvanta ludi. V pekarni kupujem nieco na cestu. Tu ma bezocivo predbehla jedna zenska, pri kupovani listka taktiez. Iranci su dobre oprskli teda. Jebnuty za volantom aj pri stati v rade. Problem najst niekde vodu. ... read more

Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran January 6th 2019

My time in Iran wasn't quite over yet. Indeed I was on my way home but after worrying ever so slightly about getting to Shiraz International Airport on time, navigating the poorly-signed said airport, catching two a hour flight and arriving at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport, I still had about ten hours to kill in the capital before catching my (two) flight(s) back to Berlin. I had missed out on seeing the Treasury of National Jewels when I was in Tehran last and knowing the very short opening hours it had, I headed straight there from the city's domestic airport. Travelling super-light made this a feasible proposition! Locked in a steel vault of metre-thick walls inside the Central Bank Of Iran, are the Iranian crown jewels, a breathtaking collection of precious gems and jewel-encrusted objects that were ... read more
Streets Of Tehran #1
US Den Of Espionage
Exhibits At The Iranian Artists House

Middle East » Iran » South » Shiraz January 4th 2019

Just like the irony of there being no beef madras in Madras, there is no shiraz to be found in Shiraz. A place that once produced some of the finest wine in the world, Iran's 300 pre-revolution wineries have now been reduced to zero. We are in the Islamic Republic after all and as such, there is not a drop of alcohol to be (legally) found in the country, outside of the small Iranian Christian communities that live here. Not that this should put anyone off visiting Shiraz, of course - my next destination has many a sight worth seeing. Oh, does it just. Now when I think about every place I have been in on New Year's Day over the years, the list is a microcosm of all my travels; London, Dubai, Berlin (twice), url=../../Africa/Egypt/Lower ... read more
Persepolis
Aramgah-e Shah-e Cheragh, Shiraz
Pink Mosque, Shiraz

Middle East » Iran » East » Yazd December 31st 2018

It was supposed to be so easy. Have the hostel book me a taxi to the bus station, buy a ticket to Yazd at the station, get on the bus. The first part went according to plan apart from my driver not being able to change a 500,000 rial note, so he asked some fellow taxi drivers if they could help him. One guy with very light eyes and who could easily have passed for being Spanish or Greek was able to give my driver change. He asks me where I am going. “Yazd”, I tell him. He then tells me in very broken English that I was at the wrong station and that there wouldn’t be a bus leaving from here to Yazd for another three hours. He says I can get a bus leaving ... read more
Tunnel Alley
Amir Chakmaq Mosque Complex
Desert View From Chak Chak

Middle East » Iran » West » Esfahan December 29th 2018

It was a hectic scramble getting to the bus station and having arrived at the huge Terminal e-Jonub back in Tehran, I had no idea what was going on. All the signage was Persian-only which I cannot for the life of me decipher, so I just approached the man yelling “Esfahan, Esfahan!” who took me to the ticket office and put me on the bus. At least in China I could at least recognise characters, even if I didn’t know what they meant. I'm not sure if the bus was sticking to a timetable but I knew that buses left for Isfahan pretty frequently from here and would probably just leave when it had picked up enough passengers. While I was buying the ticket, I was pestered the whole way by some dude trying to tell ... read more
Pol-e Khaju
Kakh-e Ali Qapu
Inside The Masjed-e Sheik Lotfallah

Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran December 24th 2018

Twenty years ago, if someone had told me that I'd one day be going to Iran, I would never have believed it. In fact even now I was met with raised eyebrows when I told friends and colleagues of my holiday plans. Requiring a deal with major world powers to curb nuclear ambitions, being a conservative Islamic republic and having recently and arbitrarily detained foreign nationals, the country gets a bit of a bad rap in Western media but even taking this into account, I was still slightly concerned about what might happen to me while over there. But then on the other hand, I had heard of many tourists who had been there and I had never heard anyone say a single bad word about it; only that the food was amazing, the architecture beautiful ... read more
Darband
Emarat-e Badgir
Tabiat Bridge




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