Perzijska dogodivščina (2.del)

English version below the pictures!

Naj vas spomnim – pot po Iranu sva večinoma opravila v družbi Matina in Younesa, ki sva ju spoznala v Esfahanu. Po obisku hribov smo pot nadaljevali ob obali Kaspijskega morja, ki je v bistvu največje jezero na svetu. Je kar precej valovito in ni preveč primerno za kopanje, vsak mesec v njem utone kar nekaj plavalcev, ki ne upoštevajo navodil reševalca. Njegova slanost je približno tretjina te, ki jo ima povprečna morska voda. Obiskali smo še notranjost gorovja Alborz in opravili lažji vzpon in opazovali tudi vijugasto železnico, ki preluknja kar nekaj hribov.

Nato smo se ločili in sama sva odpotovala v osrčje puščave Dasht-e Kavir, kjer poletne temperature nemalokrat dosežejo 50°C. Po nekaj kolobocijah z prevozi, pomanjkanju angleščine (Google Translate rešuje) in celonočni vožnji z avtobusom sva prispela v Khur, kjer naju je sprejel Rohab, ki naju je prijazno povabil na obisk preko Couchsurfinga. Dan sva preživela v njegovem domu, popoldne pa smo se skupaj z njegovima bratoma odpravili v del puščave, kamor stopi le malokateri turist. Večer in naslednji dan smo preživeli v pravi oazi in neverjetno je, kako se vse živo zgrinja k vodi. Tudi kače in škorpijoni 🙂 Nebo nam je ponudilo milijarde zvezd, kar v večjih mestih ni možno zaradi svetlobnega onesnaženja.

Zadnji del potovanja sva z Matinom in Younesom preživela v prestolnici Teheranu. Mesto samo je kar prijetno, bolj razvito in moderno kot večina ostalih mest. Tudi prebivalci se oblačijo drugače in tudi kakšna ruta pade na ramena, da mlada Iranka naredi selfie brez nje. Na obzorju pa se lahko vidi tudi najvišjo goro Damavand (5610 m), ki s svojo značilno stožasto obliko kraljuje pokrajini. Mesto pa zelo dušita promet in smog, sam se na delo vozi nekaj milijonov ljudi, javni promet pa je zaenkrat še premalo razvejan in marsikdo komaj čaka, da se dokonča dolgoletni projekt – mrežo podzemne železnice.

Iran je bila zelo zanimiva izbira za preživljanje dopusta, zanimivo bo opazovati njegov razcvet po sprejetju jedrskega dogovora julija letos in odpravi sankcij.

To remind you – our travel in Iran was accompanied by Matin and Younes, who we met in Esfahan. After hill tour we carried on our travel by the Caspian sea coast. It’s the biggest lake in the world and it’s pretty wild with high tides and thus not so suitable for swimming. Each month several people, who don’t take lifeguards’ advice, drown in it. Its salinity is about one third of average seawater. We also visited the Alborz mountain range and did some easier ascend. There was also quite curvy railway, making its way through many hills.

Then we separated and we traveled alone to the center of Dasht-e Kavir desert, where summer temperatures can reach up to 50°C. After some issues with the transportation, lack of English (Google Translate saves) and all-nighter on the bus we arrived to Khur, where we were hosted by Rohab, who invited us through Couchsurfing. We spent the day at his home, in the afternoon we went for the desert tour with his brothers, where barely any tourist set their foot. We spent the evening and the next day in the oasis and it’s quite incredible, how all the life there is attracted to the water. Also snakes and scorpions. 🙂 The sky offered us billions of stars, which is a rare scene in big cities due to light pollution..

The last part of our trip was spent with Matin and Younes in the capital, Tehran. The city is quite nice, more developed and modern than most of other cities. Also the people dress differently and we’ve seen some scarves fall to the shoulders for a better selfie of a young Iranian woman. On the horizon you can also spot the characteristic cone of the highest mountain, Damavand (5610 m). The city is suffocating by the traffic and pollution since millions of people drive to Tehran for work daily. People are looking forward to finishing the years-long project – subway network, so the city can breathe better.

Iran was very interesting choice for our vacation, it will be interesting observing its blooming after some sanctions were to be removed this July.

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