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... your passport number and your name. You then wait around for a minibus that takes you the 30kms through the mountains to the frontier proper Easy enough getting past Turkmenistan immigration (except for all the ladies who go back and forth trading stuff who are expert queue jumpers). Then you walk 50 metres to the Iran immigration where a guard takes your passport off you and says he will take it in, you go ahead and wait. 10 minutes ...
... that lives there to cook us dinner and for us to sleep at his house (expecting us to pay of course). While this was nice and all, Rafi hadn't actually informed Suse of this plan so we had done the cook group shop for the night. Things had been brewing between Suse and Rafi and this just brought it to a head and Rafi ended up leaving us and stayed at the oasis while we carried on driving towards Mashad. We were all extremely happy he had left as as time had gone on his ...
... hotel was cheaper than reported in the book at 20M or about $8...nice for a change. The trip took us to "the other side" of Ashgabat....which was just as weird as the one we had already seen. Row upon row of tall, white marble apartment blocks lining both sides of the road. There were plenty of cars on the road but there just didn't seem to be many people....It was a bit like the ghost cities in China where gazillions of apartments had been built but no-one could either ...
... 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 ...