Archive for the 'Iran' Category

The Iranian Ghost City of Kharanaq

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Mud City Oasis - Iran

An abandoned mud city in Iran There’s something intriguing about ghost cities, abandoned cities or simply deserted buildings. At least for me. Long before popular tours took over I visited Kharanaq in eastern iran in a beat up old car. Nothing like a bit of urban exploration in a mud city. The story behind this… Continue reading more »

The border crossing from Iran to Pakistan

Saturday, November 24th, 2007
Mosque in Yazd - Many Mosques in Iran are incredibly bright in color from the outside (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Please remember these are my journal entries. I have a separate dedicated page on how to cross from Iran to Pakistan overland that is more useful than this journal entry for practical advise. Destination Zahedan I had taken the 5pm Bus, scheduled to arrive at 7am at Zahedan. I chose to go direct from Yazd as… Continue reading more »

Into the Iranian Desert in Yazd, wrapping things up, and preparing for Pakistan

Friday, November 23rd, 2007
Kharanaq  a Mud Citidel in Yazd

Travel Journal Overview: A desert loop trip outside of Yazd with mud citadels, mosques and wild dogs. More towers of silence climbing and saying goodbye to Christine. It was nearly time for me to leave … With a full group of four, Christine, Mark, Dmitri and myself decided to head off on LP’s recommended Desert… Continue reading more »

Getting to know Yazd, and my travel partner

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
Cooling Towers in Iran, also known as wind chimneys

Travel Journal Overview: Yazd was soon becoming my favorite place in Iran. The people were friendly, the sights were great as I finally got to see real Zoroastrian fire temples.  And, I was meeting new people. I was also getting to learn more about Christine, she was smarter than most gave her credit for. Breakfast… Continue reading more »

Finding a hotel in Yazd, with an irate German

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007
View of Yazd City, Iran from the center (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I arrived in Yazd not sure of what to expect. My new German travel mate was well behaved on the bus. Once we arrived, it all changed. Though, so did my travel. This was my last stop before Pakistan Before the 5am alarm call I was already awake. I think Chicago was… Continue reading more »

Segregation in Iran, on the buses

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
Happy Children in Iran (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: It’s rare to experience segregation in most places these days. At least as part of the everyday life of a traveler.  When I came across it in Iran, it certainly had an effect. It was also during this time I was getting to know my new travel partner a little better. My… Continue reading more »

Persepolis awaits!

Monday, November 19th, 2007
Naqsh-e Rotam, Iran.  simply breathtaking (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: An early wake up call, and I finally get on the path of Alexander the Great. Persepolis awaits! Not to mention Naqsh-i Rostam a true half a world away. I slept poorly due to the noise outside, and the lack of sound proofing on my windows. There’s also been a German females… Continue reading more »