A journey through Iran

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Dear all,

It’s been a long time since I wrote my last post!

But I wanted to share with you my experience in Iran about a month ago, which was truly eye-opening.

I would never have imagined learning so much in terms of politics, history, culture and people. This trip truly changed the vision I had about Middle East. In fact, Iran is depicted quite badly in Western media with the huge focus on Nuclear Sanctions. Besides, the US have also recently decided that any traveller to Iran would no longer be allowed on the US territory without a VISA. It goes without saying that most people were quite concerned for me to travel to Iran, as they perceive this country as a land of terrorists…

But what a surprise when they saw our pictures, with magnificent colourful mosaics and glass walls in the mosques surrounded by birds and flowers….And when we told them we were invited for lunch by people we met in the street…. There is such a contrast between the image we have of a rigid system and the reality of happy people living in a beautiful country with a strong economy.
Of course there are some tough rules that must be respected, such as wearing the veil for women, and covering all your body parts… and not abiding by the law can lead to severe consequences. I must admit that it is quite painful, but on the other hand, Iranian woman are allowed to work, drive, and vote, as opposed to Saudi Arabian women. However, as you know, the US are still supporting Saudi Arabia….

We spent about 8 days with my boyfriend travelling through the south of Iran. We visited Shiraz, Yazd, Persepolis, Parsegrad and Isfahan.

We were truly disconcerted by the hospitality and kindness of Iranian people, who were more than willing to make us discover their Great Persian Civilisation which they feel very proud of.

The landscapes were amazing, and the mosques were extremely sophisticated. Besides, the architecture in Isfahan was magnificent: from the old stone bridge to Naqsh-e Jahan Square with its sumptuous mosques…..And there were hardly any tourists!

We also ate delicious food, mainly composed of grilled meat (lamb, beef, and chicken) and safran rice. We discovered a delicious desert called Fereni, which is a kind of rice pudding flavoured with rose water.

I truly recommend you visiting Iran, as I promise you will not be deceived! If you are interested to learn more about Iran and its relationship with the West, the below documentary (in 3 parts) from BBC is extremely well done, with powerful interviews from Presidents and Senior State representatives:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOaGmK8aTHQ
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfuzlnB0YB8
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afv4-gd7Cjc

Do not hesitate to contact me should you need any other information!

Xx

C

 

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