Our First Trip to Tehran
Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
143Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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Our first trip to Tehran
Lynn was up at 6:30 already and asked me if I heard the young fellow attacking the phone box with a stone during the night. That must have been during the hour I was asleep I suppose. There was a public phone box 2 meters from the end of our camper which several people had tried unsuccessfully to use during the evening, so Des put some black tape over the slot before he went to bed.
It was agreed that we should look for a hotel in Karaj and take a train into Tehran to get the visas
As it was still early in the day we made enquiries at the desk where we might catch a train to Tehran. It would take 3 transfers to different trains to get to Tehran so we were advised to take a taxi, we thought if we split the cost 2 ways, it could not work out too dear. We were going to walk out into the street where there were at least 10 taxis lined up, but the pretty young receptionist said we must take the one she orders for us.
The young taxi driver spoke no English but understood thankyou and bowed a greeting
Driving through the city of Karaj traffic was a bit scary as the drivers push their luck to the limit and only miss each other by millimeters. Driving on the freeway was another matter altogether. Our driver 'Michael Schumacher', held his position on the road with confidence and speed and I closed my eyes more than once, not for a nap. I glanced at the speedo which indicated 130+ kilometers, I hoped I was looking at it from an angle and it wasn't a true reading. 'Lucky Des' was in the front with Michael and I think it was fortunate he didn't speak any English as Des was pretty much speechless. At a blessed stop light he commented to us in the back that he had put his foot through the fire wall on the front passenger side, but found no brake there. It was truly a harrowing ride.
The Indian Embassy was closed but the Chinese Embassy was open and we were given the application forms for visas there
As Michael had been driving us around for 4½ hours and waited for us everywhere, we were afraid to ask 'How much?' It was 100,000 rials which equates to $15AUD give or take a few cents.
We re-booked the taxi for the next morning at 8am for another round of the Embassy shuffle