Early days in Esfahan, and meeting an Iranian girl

Published in: Iran | November 15th, 2007
Imam Square at night, Isfahan (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I was in my last hope for good travel in Iran, Esfahan. A chance meeting with an Iranian girl sparks a better day, yet I am again frustrated with my Lonely Planet guide By 10am I was woken by the clatter of annoyingly load voices outside in the courtyard, it seemed my… Continue reading more »

The Bus ride to Esfahan

Published in: Iran | November 14th, 2007
Intricate Mosque Roof in Iran (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I was traveling on a bus from Rasht to Esfahan (or is it Isfahan) recovering from by bumming out session at the bus terminal. Me travel and Iran were not working out. I was hoping my luck would change. It was the early hours of the morning when a tall young student… Continue reading more »

Bumming out in Rasht

Published in: Iran | November 13th, 2007
Gold Markets are popular in Iran (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Solo travel often means spending too much time alone. Questioning yourself more times over than is good for you. Here, after an attempt at finding home in Europe, a visa rush, and a Lonely Planet guide book that was written with a flowery hand, I bummed out. Kirsty has told me the… Continue reading more »

What to think of Tabriz?

Published in: Iran | November 11th, 2007
The Blue Mosque in Tabriz, Iran (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I arrived into Tabriz late in the evening, all was closed. The streets were crowded and I spotted a small hotel on a main street. I was carrying a few photocopies from a guide book, and knew little about the place. I was awake by 6am, but by force and dread of… Continue reading more »

“Arab Bastards” – Crossing the Turkish Iranian Border

Published in: Iran | November 10th, 2007

Travel Journal Overview: The actual border crossing into Iran was no hassle. Travel was easy it seemed. I met two Syrians at the exit gates from Turkey, exchanged the usual how? why? and where? questions and they moved on. I then crossed into Iran alone … A tanned hand reached into the throng as I… Continue reading more »

Dogubayazit, final stop before Iran

Published in: Turkey | November 8th, 2007
Rooftops in Dogubayazit, Turkey

Solo overland travel can do a lot to a person. Of this I am a witness and a learner. Here I began to question a little more of what I was missing out on. But then again I was also experiencing something very unique

Getting Travel Visas in Ankara, Turkey

Published in: Turkey | October 23rd, 2007
Inside Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey (click to enlarge)

Fresh with hope after speaking to the Iranian embassy in Ankara, I began the midnight trips to the capital. Arriving back in Goreme 23 hours later. It was long and tiring. But it saved money, and it was working. During this period my Mendle (meindel) boots broke in two shame on them. They never answered my emails either. Never again. But yes to Goreme …