Van was the first Turkish town after the Iranian boarder. After a few days of rest that the half of us really enjoyed to be headscarf-free. And a beer that enjoyed both of us we took the bus to Istanbul.
Here again some Iran Photos: We decided that cycling from Zanjan to Tabritz on a hight frequented highway would not be so funny and took the bus for this part. Unfortunately we could see the great colourful landscape only from the window of the bus. This was a quite difficult situation to take photos. The result is technical not satisfying but from a aesthetic point of few i still really like this photos. Enjoy!
Takht-e Soleymān (Persian: تخت سلیمان, “the Throne of Solomon”) is a stunning archaeological site on top of a volcano. Beside the crater lake are ruins from different periods dating back to pre-islamic zoroastrian times. Placed in this hight deserted area, equipped with a spring-lake which is providing endless water its a impressive place. The place was one of the most important zorastrian firetempel. sadly there was hardly any information about this interesting place, so I just link you here to the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takht-e_Soleym%C4%81n
Nachdem meine Domainregestrierung und dass passende SSL-Zertifikat abgelaufen war, ist mein Blog nach 3 Tagen endlich wieder online. (:
Längerfristig plane ich aber den Blog auf eine andere Domain umzuziehen. Mal sehen, wohin es geht.
I’m a big fan of caves. But as much I like to crawl trough dark, tiny and muddy holes, I hate it to be in a group of tourist that is hurried on concreted routs trough a electrified tourist spot.
I totally would classify the Ali-Sadr-Cave as a developed tourist attraction (even as they only expect domestic tourists).
But, there is a big but. This Cave is outstanding! Its, enormously big, It is even so huge that this huge amount of people that is being booted trough the cave almost vanishes in this great halls and lakes. You enter an parallel world and automatically start to look out for Gollum and other magical creatures…
And the top of all came Afterwards: In this area we had so much snow that we asked if we could pitch our tent on the snow-exempt parking. Instead we got invited for tee and Lunch, and in the end we where allowed to camp in the waiting hall of the cave. Wow!
here just some impressions we got to see while cycling through the country.
on our first section of bicycling from Isfahan to Golpayegan, we actually found this ruin of a abandoned Caravanserai. I realy liked the look of the bare bricks. when you look closer you see a lot bullet-holes in the walls. I wonder what kind of fight had taken place here in the middle of nowhere?
– here shuld be some text, but im to tired ride now. maybee later.
I was lucky. Really lucky! I had the chance to visit the former US-Embassy in Tehran. A building that normally is not open for the public but a training-centre for the Revolutionary Guards. Only once a year during the “Revolution Week” small museum in the embassy is opened for national and international visitors. I can’t retell the whole story that has been taken place at his interesting place. I strongly recommend to reed at least the Wikipedia article about the “Iran Hostage Crisis” to get an idea how much the whole building and its history still is a very emotional topic in Iran and the US.
I accidental got to know that it was actually possible to visit this building at the time I was there. And I won’t regret the Visit! Even as we where given little to no Information about the shown objects and rooms during the tour we got through the Museum the “Exhibition” spoke for it self. But have a look to the Pictures and see for your self!
Trigger Warning: There is a lot of anti-US, and anti-Israel-propaganda!
Actually I was planing to write also some texts about our Experience in Iran and edit the Photos properly, but unfortunately I couldn’t get my self up to do it, and now there are already so many other Photos waiting to be published. So I decided to upload a selection as they are.
Here you can see some shot shots of the Tehran. But unfortunately these Pictures can’t really show how welcoming the people are. I would say there might be the most hospitable people on the globe. Also I have to be careful by publishing photos of people to bring them not in trouble as they might come in to situations where they get asked by officials what kind of contact thy had to foreigners. Nerveless this didn’t prevent the people there to be very open for visitors!
Well, as you may expect from the I’m back home.
Home means my shared flat here in Berlin, with my great flatmates. Actually I’m back here since few days. Fortunately I found a little paid work, so I get at least enough money to pay my food. This also means now that I have plenty of time. – well actually I thought so. But whenever there is Time, there is something that has been waiting for quite a long time, and when you just start to realize this something bigger burst in. In this case it was a Romanian-refuge-family from Spain with two kids and literally nothing left than the clothes there are wearing that found shelter in our flat. So now again I found some “project” to deal with. These Family are one of the friendliest and nicest people I ever met, and it is quite hard to see how difficult it is for them to find there way here. Special as they only speak Hungarian, Romanian, Spanish and Catalan but now German ore English, they depend on other people who are willing to help them. (I also just speak few words Spanish) Now I’m in a steady contact with different Institutions to get them some support.
- The school of the Kids – There are really helpful and friendly!
- Amaro Foro e.V. -T A organisation to support Romany in Berlin and Germany – There are really good but totally overburdened.
- Medibuero – a organisation that provide health care to refuges and other people without health insurance. – great organisation with limited resources.
- a fried of mine who could give a minijob to them so the German administration can’t deny to support them (well actually they still deny it…)
- people who actually speak Spanish and help us to communicate with them.
So all this actually takes more effort and time than my actual job, so I’m not (only) sitting at home doing nothing…. But I promise I will post some Iran Photos quite soon.