IRAN ON THE ROAD – Is Iran safe?

I’ve been wanting to see this place For a very very long time and today it’s finally happening, I’m in Iran! I’m here for about two weeks to work for a local agency called SurfIran and as usual I will bring you with me and show you everything I can There is a lot to say about Iran so much to say that I don’t really know where to begin Let’s just start by saying that there’s a massive difference between Iran the government and your own country We all know what the media writes, says and shows about Iran and how biasedly it’s often portraited many of you may imagine Iran as a land of american haiting extremists, gun toting men and burka clad women. I tend not to trust mainstream media. I prefer to go see things with my own eyes before having any opinion about a country And now that I’ve been there , I can tell you that iran I saw had nothing to do with those things “Welcome to Iran” And the bigger picture is much more complex than what we see on the news Tehran, the capital Counting about 9 million people. It’s a big city that looks like many other big cities in the world the traffic is bad, Pollution too, The streets are crowded The culture is multi-layered, a mix of Western Persian and Islamic shades But I’m not spending much time in Tehran I’m headed South Good morning Guys! from my very messy hotel room We got to Shiraz last night and today instead of going to do the usual sightseeing and, you know Of course whenyou say Shiraz, everybody knows the pink mosque and that’s the image that comes to yuor mind But today I want to show you a different side of Shiraz, the more local side and my favorite part of any country in the world: the market! I can’t say this enough If you want to see the true soul of a country go to the market! You can understand a lot about a culture just by looking at what people eat, and here is where it all starts Did I mention the food is incredible in Iran? There are too many great Iranian dishes to mention them all but let’s start with this: ash As close as it gets to street food, and very very cheap, is a soup made of chickpeas, vegetables, mint, mince meat and noodles …or this: Beriani. Minced lamb shoulder mixed with saffron, cinnamon, turmeric garlic and onions And then of course there’s this: Chelo kebab, ever present in Iran, a staple And how not to mention this: Iranian sweets. An endless variety of delicious delicious goodness Oh, I almost forgot about something VERY very important… this! Like in many other Middle Eastern country bred in Iran is an essential part of daily life, And this is how they make it. So if you visit Iran, please is everything you can! They 5 we just got to be Yazd which is a city that looks a little older than the others and the specialty here is clay and pottery and all that, and And the look of the alley is very particular, loving it so far Wrapped among two desert, Yazd, is thought to be one of the oldest cities in the world The look of the tangled ocher clay alleys give it a more magical 1001-nighty vibe. If you make it here ,get lost in your town and you know what I mean! Bt we have to leave Yazd behind quickly to head to the next city: Isfahan. Esfahan is the third-largest city in Iran Former capital of Persia and most visited city in the country, attracting tourists from all over the world with its mesmerizing architecture Imam square is the second biggest square in the world Home of the Shah and the Imam mosque , and gathering place for local youth and families who fill the square enjoying a walk a chat a picnic End of the road one last stop before going home 100 miles from Isfahan time stopped Right now we’re in Abyaneh, is a village ,red village, in the mountains, it’s very picturesque, it’s very different from any other part of Iran. Abyaneh is one of the oldest villages in Iran. There’s only about 300 people living here, mainly elderly Driving back to Tehran the last bit of this road trip Along the way stretches of roads scatter with martyrs images people who died during the 8 years long Iran-Iraq war A war that killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians and left a deep wound in the population spirit When you hit the road in Iran, you don’t just drive through mountains and deseerts and cities you drive through history crossing ruins of a long lost civilization Before leaving for this trip everyone kept asking me: “isn’t Iran dangerous? aren’t you afraid to go?” The answer was, and still is, No! not at all Travel never scares me. It fuels me. Iran is a land with an ancient soul. Rich history. Unbelievable architecture, amazing food millenary crafts And surely made of the kindest and most welcoming people I ever crossed path with on my travels. The Iran you see on the news exists, yes, Iran can be heartbreaking at times, but that’s not Iran I saw on the streets I saw Beauty I saw kindness, hospitality in its purest form I saw how much words matter in Iran and that’s why I’m using mine wisely here One word in particular gave me a lot to think about Freedom I saw how often we give it for granted I saw beautiful people kind people welcoming people curious people proud people Proud of their country their culture their food proud of what they do and to show it to you and proud to have you there “Welcome to Iran” You’ll hear it everywhere! It’s the end of this journey It has been a beautiful intense trip, I will need some time to find the right words to talk about this country The main truth t I found here is that people are Incredibly nice incredibly welcoming. I know I say it about a lot of countries, but Here is particularly true I wasn’t expected to be treated and greeted so warmly by total strangers, it it has been amazing I met some truly beautiful people and I’m very thankful for it And I’m especially thankful for these two: Mehdi and Bahar my guides, now Friends “Give me a hug” “Love you” So is it safe to travel to Iran? YES Undoubtedly Is it beautiful? Beyond expectations And how those one sum up Iran? You can’t! You have to go there live it on your own skin see it with your own eyes Bon Voyage! Thank you Surfiran, for this beautiful experience and

11 thoughts on “IRAN ON THE ROAD – Is Iran safe?”

  1. please do a video on do's and don't in Iran just to benefit those who go around the world due to freedom of movement provided by their first world country passports trying to behave it like their backyard and getting into trouble.

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