Perzijska dogodivščina (1.del)

Lokacija letošnjega dopusta (tehnično drugega letos) je bila Iran, precej neklasična izbira.

Naj vas takoj potolažim – Iran je varna država in Iranci so večinoma zelo prijazni in gostoljubni ljudje. Najina napaka je bila le v “timingu” – tja sva odpotovala konec junija, ko je ozračje že konkretno razbeljeno. Nivo aktivnosti je temu primeren – še posebej pod ruto, saj moramo dekleta tam biti pokrita – vrat, dekolte, večina las; telo pa v ohlapnih oblačilih z dolgimi rokavi in hlačami. Za povrh pa sva tam bila ravno v času ramadana, ko ima življenje drugačen utrip. Čez dan je veliko trgovin, restavracij… zaprtih, mesta pa oživijo ponoči – zaradi prekinitve posta, pa tudi zaradi dobrodošlega padca temperatur.

Nikar jih ne zamenjajte z Arabci, saj so oni (večinoma) Perzijci in tudi govorijo farsi, perzijski jezik, ne arabskega. Uradna enota je iranski rial, praktično pa je enota toman, ki je 10 rialov, tako da se je dobro pozanimati, v kateri enoti vam govorijo ceno; na začetku je kar zmeda.

Najina pot se je začela s pristankom v Teheranu, nato sva se takoj podala v mesto Kashan, ki slovi po svojem bazarju. Naslednji dan sva odpotovala v Esfahan, kjer sva stanovala pri družini Ahmadi, ki sva jo našla preko Couchsurfinga. Z najinim gostiteljem Matinom sva se spoprijateljila in odločili smo se, da pot po Iranu nadaljujemo kar skupaj, pridružil se nam je še Matinov prijatelj Younes. Po 4 dnevih Esfahana in okolice (šli smo tudi v puščavo in splezali na goro Sofeh) smo se odpeljali na sever, kjer so bile temperature nekoliko prijaznejše, malo manj pa višja vlaga v zraku.

Po obisku znamenite doline Alamut smo se odpeljali ob Kaspijsko morje, tam pa smo si oprtali nahrbtnike in šli na 3-dnevni treking v hribovit svet in se imeli kakopak fino. Še nočna nevihta nas ni vrgla s tira, kljub pomanjkanju šotorov. 🙂

Nadaljevanje sledi…

This year’s vacations location was Iran, quite unconventional choice.

First thing – Iran is a safe country and Iranians are mostly very friendly and hospitable people. Our mistake was the timing of our visit – we flew there at the end of june, when the climate is quite scorching. The level of activity was adjusted accordingly – especially under more fabric for the girls since it’s obligatory to cover your neck, chest, most of hair; body should be in loose clothes with long sleeves. On top of it it was also ramadan season, when life there has a different beat. During the day lots of services are closed and cities wake up during the night, when the fasting is broken and also temperatures are much friendlier.

Don’t mix them up with Arabs, they are Persians speaking farsi – persian language. Official currency is iranian rial, but the actual one are tomans, which are 10 rials. It’s quite confusing at the beginning when you’re not sure, which one are they using…

Our journey began with landing in Tehran, then we immediately went to Kashan, town known for its bazaar. On the next day we left to Esfahan, where we stayed at Ahmadi family, which we met on Couchsurfing. Our host Matin became our friend and we decided to continue our journey in Iran together with him and his friend Younes. After 4 days in Esfahan and surrounding (we went to a desert and climbed the Sofeh mountain) we travelled to the north of the country, where the temperatures were a bit lower (and friendlier), but the humidity not so much.

After visiting the famous Alamut valley we drove to the Caspian sea, where we packed our backpacks and went on a 3-day trekking in the hills and had lots of fun. Even the storm in the middle of the night didn’t bother us much, despite the lack of tents.

To be continued…

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