Travel Blogs from Qom
... had to get it out the border and we didn't have a lot of time.
The border guys said they would buy it so we could get the money and they wouldn't lose theirs.
They even offered to give us money if we needed it wherever we were in case we were short.
They were desperate to make sure this car went out the border.
In the end we agreed that they would pick it up from us in Tehran, 2 days drive
from where they were. We met them and we spent the day trying to sort
... to see from afar.
We drove out of the city before we got stopped by Police yet again and set up at a truckstop just out of the city. there was a lovely store owner that we chatted to for quite a while and he served us tea and biscuits. It was a really good spot for a sleep
... the shrine to check it out. Max, being a native European, somewhat stuck out, so I told him to say that he was from Bosnia and to say the Islamic creed in case of any problems. A few steps in, a man grabs Max by the arm and Max quickly says "Muhammad Ar-Rasoolallah!" The man laughs slightly and asks him where he is from and how he is doing, in English. Max responds by saying Bosnia and I respond by saying Pakistan, and we get the ...
... by someone else who escorted us all the way inside the building. We were taken to the tourist centre, which I think was made more for Muslim pilgrims from non-Farsi speaking countries, but even though we told them we were catholic (lie) they still made us feel very welcome in the broken English that was spoken.
We were then given a brief tour by one of the younger guys who was studying religion in Qom. He took us to the actual shrine, where we had to take our shoes ...
Lu returned from a trip to Tehran very early during the morning with bad news from the Pakistan embassy that they couldn't do any more to help than what had already been done, so for the moment we would continue as per the itinerary, and make the call on bypassing the country in Yazd.
We left Masuleh at 8am for a long drive day, and ...