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Saturday, 1 June 2013

What it is not to the newscast.

It would be wrong to pretend that everything is going well in Iran: high unemployment rate, Government unpopular, whispered revolution and so on. On the other hand, in the life of every day, the country is very different from is that one can imagine.

1 Here is a photo of the Imam square, a place where it is impossible, as a foreigner, to browse more than 500 meters without getting address to discuss.


2. In the same vein, the banks of the Zayandeh River are a beautiful place to spend the evening and meet people. We went there a Thursday night (the eve of the end of week) and of course, we were offering to share a bag of potato chips.


3 Side of chips, there's a refrigerator full of beer without alcohol. We are preparing an appetizer only, but at how friendly, convenience store Garmeh OASIS, lost in the desert.


4. This is the day was dry to explore the Dasht-e Kavir in company of our German friends and the band of young people in Tehran. A drink is welcome.


5 And refresh the head of Nad is done in secret, as in Iran, it is forbidden for a woman to show in public without hijab. Hairdressers therefore exercise their aesthetic acts in the intimacy of their apartment or private beauty salons. It is Iogi which brings us.


6. She is the friend of our hosts, encountered by the excellent network couchsurfing.org (and his sidekick hospitalityclub.org) that make us discover the hidden face of the Iran.


7. Like Bently, the man in the next photo, which is a pleasure to guide in the bazaar of Esfahan, his place of work. He works for the Government to restore the nomadic art. He will discover behind the scenes of the crafts and of course insist offer us tea.


8. And this affable heat of Esfahan is replaced by the hot sun of Yazd, a more conservative city where black is in the spotlight. Fortunately that Nad is here to bring a bit of color.


Eight tables that give you a brief overview of what our stay in Iran.

-Will

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