I was invited one night to an Iranian house for tea; on a separate occasion I was invited for dinner with a family, and provided a bed to sleep in.One day I was there, a group of university girls approached me, took me for tea, and the next day took me shopping and sightseeing.He was extremely excited to meet me, to practice his English and to learn about Australia – a place he wants to migrate to.So I had myself a guide – Rezer starting showing me the sights as we talked, and after the bazaar, took me to a mosque which is one of the most important to the Shi’ite Muslims.He asked about the difference between Australia and New Zealand, and he asked to see my photos (again). I agreed reluctantly, saw the very important picture he wanted to show me (the devil being defeated by someone) and then I said I really had to go now. A lot of people there don’t quite understand how their civilisation – which stands with the greats of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome – has been forgotten by the world.He asked where had I just come from, and whether he could see my photos (for the third time). He then began asking when I would leave, and if we could meet the next day. He asked if he could see me at the bus station to send me off. The Persian Empire started as one of the three Aryan tribes to inhabit Iran before it ruled the Ancient world (Iran in Farsi, means “Aryan”).It has a set of murals on the southern wall depicting Iran as an American colony, and then images showing a war led by Ayatollah Khomeini, who saves the country The people in Iran are the friendliest I have ever met.
A curtain is quickly drawn on the top left of the building. In that section that is where the people who shit all over the floor stay and make a mess all over the place”. I could sense he was watching me, so when I made the corner, I bolted and got lost in the crowd.
They made sure I didn’t pay tourist prices for the things I bought, and they paid for pretty much everything that day.
I kept thinking to myself the scenario – girls picked me up off the street, paid for everything, and insisted on carrying my bags. However, my entry into Iran wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped.
Whilst the Arabs dominated the country for 600 years, something which a lot of proud Iranians resent because it ‘bastardised’ their country, their history stretches into the middle ages and this century – until the Revolution, where the Shah was forced to abdicate.
There is absolutely no reason, in my mind, why you should not visit the country – and every kind of reason to visit (with the exception of maybe nightclubbing) .
Fortunately, the moment I left Tehran, my trip changed. Though memorable does not necessarily mean fun at the time, as I experienced in Shiraz.