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... 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 ...
... encounter that would turn into a common experience as our journey continued through Iran.
Arriving in Mashhad we were met by an Iranian colleague of Alex’s who is working and studying in Sydney. He showed us into his family’s apartment block where we were given a large apartment to stay in for ourselves. For us, this was a welcome diversion from the old Soviet hotel relics that we had experienced across Central Asia and allowed us some space ...
... 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 ...
... of the day there until our train to Esfahan.
The wow-factor hit me immediatly when i entered!! it's a huge complex as big as the Kabbah, it might even be bigger! the complex houses many courtyards done in different eras, a historical museum, a mirrored mausoleum of Imam Reza that was one of the most facinating halls i've been in. A school or madrash for young boys and men, a restaurant that feeds people for free daily, a clinic with top notch equipment, and ...
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