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... a taxi the final couple of kilometres into the first town. Nice piece of miscommunication meant the taxi driver took off for the first large town 100 kms away but I soon discovered the error and got the taxi driver to phone the guide (whose number I had) and it all got sorted.
So - 2 and a half hours to Mashad.
Mashad is Iran's second largest city, and for one reason. It is the home of the shrine of Imam Reza, the 8th Imam who ...
... telling sign was that they knew her nickname rather than the name on her passport. It was clear that Rafi had either gone through before us or phoned the checkpoints and warned them of us and said we were acting illegally as we didn't have a tour guide with us. They let us go however as Rafi's contract had technically ended the day before. Suse then proceeded to get a lot of hateful emails from Rafi throughout the day calling her Satan. We got into Mashad midday and found our ...
... The customs guys started to ask us if we had all manner of things but gave up and waved us through when he worked our we could only speak English.
We had already hooked up with an Armenian guy who had crossed the border with us and agreed to share a taxi to Mashad. We quickly changed some money, paid for our share and were on our way in a yellow cab. About 5 minutes in and we stopped to change cars...What was that all about??? Of course, the police are more likely to ...
... to do so within their own houses. Out on the street it is a different matter. Mashhad is one of the most religiously conservative cities in Iran and Islamic customs are strictly adhered to. Women cover themselves with black chadors, men and women only interact with each other if they are married and black flags hang on building marking the mourning of martyrs gone before. His friends were extremely friendly and we ended up having quite a late night, ...
... and they often have blue and green eyes with Roman noses.
Next morning I woke up at 8am and made an excursion to Sarakhs, 130km away from Mashhad and took 3 hours by bus. Sarakhs is on the border with Turkmenistan, there is nothing much in this little border town and the only highlight and remarkable is Rubat Sharaf. Built in the 12th century, and it is one of the oldest and largest Caravanserai in Persia.