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A Motivational Speech from Kiwi Ted – Fire It Up Big O!!

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I recently received this motivational speech from Kiwi Ted
Fire it up, Big O!!
We are nearly there. It’s just a short 6,000 kms drive back to London. 13 days is plenty of time. We can do it!
Challenges are always the toughest towards the end. Remember when you didn’t think we’d make it to the start line but we did.…

Tehran – It’s Sights, Scenes & Magical People

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Shahram – My Legendary Tehran Fixer
(Iran)
It was a welcome sight to finally make it to Tehran and to meet Shahram. I’d been looking forward to exploring Iran for months and here was my chance to do a little sightseeing and sample some of the famous Iranian hospitality.
After dropping Boris off we headed out for a delicious late…

Merry Flippin Christmas – A Letter from Boris

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Dear Jonny,
What do you think your playing at mate?!
I’ve been faithfully carrying you around the Central Asian continent for 8 months now and how do you repay me? You get us stranded in Zahedan, Iran. The one country in the region where you can’t access any cash to buy your way out of trouble, and the one region…

Disaster Strikes in Iran, The Nightmare before Xmas (in Zahedan) & The 6 Disciples of Boris

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I’m finally in Iran
(just over the border from Pakistan, Iran)
I received a friendly welcome from the Iranian border guards and was directed towards immigration and customs. They took my paperwork and told me to sit and wait. 2 hours later I was free to go. Well, free to go with an escort. They weren’t over just yet. Baluchistan…

The Badlands of Baluchistan, A Braking Boris & Holidaying in Quetta

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Bahawalpur Estate where the BBQ was held
(Bahawalpur, Pakistan)
Armed with my Iranian visa I set off for the border. Seven smooth days with no problems, then I’d be out of the region’s trouble spots and safely in Iran enjoying the famed hospitality I’d heard so much about.
My first stop on the tour of Southern Pakistan was the city…

Pakistan – Returning to the Sights & Sounds of Lahore & Islamabad

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On my return to Islamabad I had the chance to catch up with a Jon Boone. Jon is working in Islamabad as a journalist for the Guardian newspaper in the UK. Jon had been based in Afghanistan for a number of years and was now covering Pakistan. My arrival was just as the Pakistan Taliban announced a new leader, in…

West Iran

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In  verband mdet de internetcensuur in Iran heeft deze blog een elementaire opmaak  en geen foto’s. We zullen dit verbeteren zodra het mogelijk is.
Meer  van Van
Het  meer van Van is het grootste meer van Turkije, tegen de Iraanse grens aan op  1700 meter hoogte. Wanneer we er aankomen is het zwaarbewolkt en koud en de  volgende ochtend is…

4 weeks in Iran – a résumé

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After 4 weeks in Iran it is time to look back, and to reflect on the experiences. We have had so many new adventures, and we have seen so many new things that we could fill books with the stories. What fascinated us most and left us deeply impressed were the people of Iran, their cordiality, their hospitality, and their…

Stories from Iran

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Many things are different here – very different. Even after three weeks in this country, we have not comprehended many things. But we want to tell you about some particularities, that have surprised us, or that are very characteristic.
1. Hospitality
Nowhere else have we experienced such a big hospitality like here in Iran. We are regularly invited for tea…

Iran – first impressions and the border

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We are in Iran now since 15 days, and we are already so full of new experiences and stories, it is hard to summarize everything.  Iran is definitely completely different from the picture the media draw of it in western countries. All people we have met so far were friendly, welcoming, and honestly interested in us. Also police and officials…

A short update from Iran

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We have been in Iran now for about one week, and since so many at home were worried because of our travel to Iran we wanted to give you a short update.
Our experiences so far were mainly positive, and the country really is fantastic. The people are friendly, open, helpful and the hospitality is enormous.
We will write more…

Iran

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I should have known I was going to have my issues with Iran, when an officious member of the crew told me I had to put on my chador almost as soon as we had scrambled up into the seating deck on the ferry.  I could feel the usually dormant feminist within me sharpening her claws.

Theresa all covered up…

Plastic Pollution Report – Iran

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Waste Management
There seems to be a general waste management problem in Iran.
Public rubbish bins are available at petrol stations, and in parks. Otherwise no rubbish bins were evident.
Roadsides or embankments from roads into valleys seem to be the preferred place for dumping building and municipal waste. People take the initiative to burn litter at the roadside when…

Environmental Art in Iran

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‘Your garbage is my garbage, my garbage is your garbage’ – Ahmad Nadalian
This is our first blog from on the road. We left Dubai via the ferry from Sharjah to Bandar Abbass, Iran, and arrived in Tehran yesterday in the early afternoon after a wonderful three day journey through the Iranian countryside.
We are very grateful to have had…

The Islamic Republic Of Iran

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Iran is long in the rear-view now, and the post-game roundup has been rattling around in the back of my head like the unknown object that fell through the parking brake casing into the chassis. It’s late enough after the party that memories are starting to blur together: Did we eat goat brain in Tehran or Shiraz? Is that photo…

The World Is A Dangerous Place, If You Worry About It

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We’ve experienced the interesting phenomenon as we’ve moved eastward of being fervently warned against the terrors and the dangers of the bogeymen we are bound to encounter further east. It began as far back as Bosnia, where we were cautioned about driving through Serbia, but has been more pronounced ever since Turkey.
In Istanbul, we we were warned about traveling…

Being A Kurdish Princess

To completely contradict the start of my Iranian visit, it ended it on such a high note, with a family in Sanadaj. Sanadaj is in the heart of Kurdistan, Iran, where the traditions, clothing and culture were entirely different to the rest of Iran. People had told me Tehran was pretty liberal, but here in Sanadaj I hardly saw a woman…

Let the Syria Battle Rage On!

Twenty two million people would scare anyone, when driving into the heart of Tehran and the majority of them are all on the road all at the same time, trying to elbowing themselves to the head of the queue at every traffic light. I had been warned by many people about how manic and dangerous this traffic was going to be. Dread set…

Can You Always Trust the Police?

I wasn’t quick enough trying to crank my head around to get a second glance at the sign post, nope I definitely missed it. Did it really tell me to turn right? I better turn around and check it out again. Just as I was about to drive off, a banged up pickup truck pulled up next to me, with the…

A Carpet Room Or A Toilet Cell?

The little village of Toodeshk was the home of a young man, who at the age of 13 was working hard and was really curious about these travellers he saw cycling past him. He then approached them to offer them a place to stay and food for the night all for free. Thirteen years later he has arrange two beautiful rooms within his…

Fresh Bread And Two Awesome Guides

Squinting as I look up into the deep blue sky to the cooling towers and minarets that extrude into the skyline, I drag my fingers along the narrow alleyway walls, feeling the warmth from the mud and straw texture under my tips, absent minded I follow the smell of fresh bread wafting into the air. Boy it was good to…

Do You Have The Persianality To Drive In Iran?

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It’s 6 in the evening and we’re driving into Tabriz, Iran. The sun went down 30 minutes ago, but we’ve been driving through a storm-induced twilight for the last few hours. The air is thick with diesel fumes and giant sticky-wet snowflakes and the visibility is from here to the taillights of the next car. Of course, when only about…

Midnight Sniffs

I wake to the sounds of sniffing around my tent. I wished then I hadn’t read the short story in my guide book just before I feel asleep, about an Iranian girl too scared to camp in the mountains because wolves might eat her. The sniffing stopped and I drifted back off to sleep again, glad to not be eaten.

Once again, it’s…

Could A Small Bottle Of Wine Be Worth That Much?

Wind on my face, free from escorts, I just rode all I wanted to get as far away from that man in Kerman as soon as possible. He was acting like an over caring father that drove me crazy. Despite the desperate need to join the main tourist crowd and make myself feel normal again, I headed south into the desert, where I had hopes…

Iran finally opens a warm door.

Akbar opened the gates and helped me push my bike through into the court yard of his guest house, the first act of kindness I had received since entering Iran, 300 kilometres deep into the country. I guess the escorts thought they were helping, but their abrupt, rude joking, their fast driving and trying to push me along by driving incredibly…

When You Want To Bang Your Head Against The Wall.

Licking my lips, I feel my tears crunch between my teeth, which only must mean I have a sand streaked face, one that must look pretty ridiculous for those who look at it.

 ‘Don’t pass me on to another police station just take to me a hotel for fuck’s sake, it’s been four hours and all you have is done is pass me…

Iran

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After two days of
rest we made our way to the Iran border Cat in full longsleeves and
headscarf and under her bike gear.
As we got close near
Mount Ararat we saw another biker so I decided to pull over and see if he was
ok. He was but he was just stopping to take some photos. His name…

"I just wanna go to the border!"

By Johno
 
*Warning: Contains strong language *

[The previous blog saw the car falling apart near the Afghanistan border and the team failing to find a mechanic who could fix it in the dodgy border town of Mirajaveh.]
I slept surprisingly well until I was woken by the ear-splitting Call to Prayer from the adjacent mosque at 6am. Michael…

Police chases in the Wild Wild East (…of Iran)

 By Johno
[The previous blog saw Paul and Leigh stuck in Dubai leaving Johno to drive the car across Baluchistan with two new companions...]
Baluchistan is name given to the large expanse of barren desert that straddles the Pakistan-Iran border and is so notorious for drug-smuggling, banditry and kidnappings that all foreigners must be accompanied by compulsory armed escorts. The…