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... TV - mostly about the number of sheep who are going to be slaughtered for the Eid al-Hadha festival - when the guard appeared with a pile of passpots and mine on top. This was just about the same time I realised the time difference Turkmenistan/Iran was not 30 minutes - but an hour and a half. It was only 9 am, I was an hour early. I changed some money - 3 million Iran rials for US$100 - and followed what I thought were the right instructions ...
... become increasingly clear and annoying. After a bush camp night we set off for the last day of driving to Mashad. Up until now we had gone through all police checkpoints without any hassle. On this day however we had to stop at eight checkpoints and at the last one we had to get off the truck and they stuck us in a small silver interrogation room for at least half an hour. They then got up on the truck and wanted to look under one of our passengers seats and look through her ...
... Or wanted to go there...
The road itself was very new, in great condition and in no time at all we were at the border checkpoint. Once through we had to pay about $20 each to get the overcrowded mini van to the immigration post about 30km into the mountains. The only thing they were concerned about here was if we'd bought any Turkmen carpets...No we hadn't so see ya later.
I quickly donned my scarf and we walked to the Iranian side. This too was very ...
... like we were living at home for few days. Everything we needed was taken care of by the tireless hospitality offered to us, including delicious meals cooked for us by his mum, coffee and tea at his aunt’s place and guided tours around Mashhad.
On our second night there a party with his friends was arranged to be held in the apartment we were staying in. It was at this party that we saw how young Iranians interact with each other when they have ...
... libraries, colleges, bookshops, supermarkets and so on.
The main Shrine, and the countyards, are off-limits to non-Muslims by Islamic law. However, we were so lucky that invited and allowed to visit most part of the countyards, accompanied by the guide, from International Relations Office, for free!
And ethnically and generally, Persians seem a lot more Caucasians looking than anywhere in Arab world ...
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