My last stop before the end
Trip Start Apr 11, 2006
39Trip End Sep 14, 2006
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It is amazing how easily we get used to things, even the ridiculous religious dress code of Iran.
Iranian young people* hardly ever travel abroad and I believe this actually prevents them from being too miserable about their situation and lack of freedom. If they only knew what they are missing!!! Maybe they do, but it is sad to see such beautiful people terrified and unable to fight for their beliefs because of the strict controls and restrictions imposed by the dictatorship of a religious government.
*I actually have the impression Iranians in general do not travel abroad much and not many foreigners visit the country either as I found the huge, modern international airport of Tehran practically deserted when I checked in for my flight to Baku
About Baku...I am loving Baku! It is a beautiful city, with nice modern shops, fast internet, nice cafes and I can finally have a good dinner!! I feel as if I arrived in Europe indeed.
Today (12.09) I went to the mud volcanos. I was very reluctant to go there because they are way out of town, with no clear, marked paths. But I gathered courage and after 2 long bus rides and 40 minutes walk in the middle of deserted fields surrounded by old huge metal pipes I finally arrived in the impressive site where I could see several mounds expelling mud and some pools of bubbly water. I loved the place and it was definitely worth the effort and the skipped lunch.