YAZD, the City of Badgirs
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Six hours on the bus, a beautiful moon hangs on the desert sky full of stars and landscape of low shrubs. Road is packed with cargo trucks, containers, tankers, lorries, buses. This road is a major artery of commerce in Iran. All the goods entering Bandar Abbas passes through here to various Iranian cities. Most of my fellow travelers are men.
05:30 hrs arrived at Yazd, took a cab to the city center and asked to be dropped at Masjid Jamek, the central congregational mosque. Met a kind mullah, the only soul wandering at this ungodly hour, coming out from prayers. Asked him where is the Silk Road Hotel in my rudimentary Farsi, but he does not know or do not understand my terrible Persian
I smell a fresh bread being baked, allowed my nose to guide me and followed the aroma. There were four customers queueing, I joined the line. It was an old bakery, still using the tandoor oven and still using wood, they make the traditional thin crust round bread. When it was my turn, with my elementary Persian and best smile I could muster, I raised my forefinger and said "YEK!" One! The friendly baker gave me one, adamantly refused payment. He made me understood that it was a gift. I started the day in a jolly mood. His kindness put a spring on my steps and I find myself smiling and softly humming an old melody.
I walked around eating the warm bread. What a joy
I passed by a confectionery, a gentle smiling face was staring at me - the proprietor in green turban, (green indicates that he is a follower of the prophet Ali), invited me in to try the sweets. I took his photo which you see among the photos included here. Walked and walked some more until I ended up at my hotel by accident, SILK ROAD HOTEL,
Got a room for 30 dollars - nice, clean, comfortable, with heater, clean bathroom with abundant hot water, breakfast included. It was here where I had my first memorable camel dish. Stewed camel. I also read elsewhere in Ardakan, they serve camel burgers, sorry, I missed that. Hopefully, next time.