My last stop before the end

Trip Start Apr 11, 2006
Trip End Sep 14, 2006

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Monday, September 11, 2006

I was very sad to leave my beloved Iran, but in a way it is good to see women wearing `normal` clothes again and feel a bit closer to Europe. It was funny to find myself surprised by seeing women displaying their looks and wearing sexy clothes!
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.
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Hanif on

The Iranian people are proud of their revolution and do not live in a dictatorship. They freed themselves from American imperialism and value this dignity. Unfortunately the people who took over after the revolution have introduced many bad laws. But don't forget Iranian women ethusiastically and actively took part and have never stopped fighting for their rights.

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