Category Archive: Iran

Hitchhiking with hijab (Iran)

If anybody looks through some photos of this travel it will be automatically apparent to her that I love scarves. The one item that will never be missing from my backpack is a… Continue reading

Isfahan Blue (2). Minakari through the alleys

Blue is the colour of Isfahan, as if heaven had come down to earth in a million fragments, taking over mosques, mausoleums, bazaars. Shades of azure cover the city in miniature designs. Along… Continue reading

Isfahan Blue (1). A Treasure hunt for Ghalamkar

Isfahan feels like a corner of home in between a labyrinth of strange places. It might be its airs of great city, the pride with which it stands like a noble lady with… Continue reading

Asia Overland – Hitchhiking the longest way to India

It’s a common travellers dream to imagine a way to India overland, following the fading steps of ancient roads, of the Silk Route merchants, the hippy trail, or simply searching for the shortest… Continue reading

VeoVeo: When the Year Ends

It’s common sense – says Marta – the year ends in autumn and starts again in March. And in between? In between is hibernation, or change, or centrifugal force carrying one through the… Continue reading

Behind the scenes of kilim weaving (Iran)

We often say that our travels are crafted by a crew of unnamed and undetectable movie-makers. At times a happy one, at times mischevious, always surprising and never boring. Their presence is felt… Continue reading

Tehran’s young designers at Jomeh Bazaar (Iran)

There are cities we walk for days in search for their soul and others we don’t. Tehran belongs to the latter. We came here to rest, to collect visas, to heal from the Iranian… Continue reading

The secrets of Vakil Bazaar – Shiraz (Iran)

Above the market stalls, where the pigeons nest and the sun sets with some delay, Rahim inhabits a tiny workshop piled up with fabrics from somewhere else. He is silent and patient and… Continue reading

Prayers to the Lord of Light (Shiraz – Iran)

Its prayer time at Shah-e-Cherag. The Lord of Light reflects the piety of believers in a million mirrors. Fragments of love and wishes. Tears pour down from women’s eyes and hands reach over… Continue reading

Bandar Abbas – The eyes behind the mask (Iran)

Bandar Abbas smells of fish, and of sticky dates, of scented melon and ripe tomatoes. By ten a.m. rivers of sweat flow down from our foreheads, and the scarf keeps the heat stuck… Continue reading

Hormoz – the island of the rainbow mountains (Iran)

It is only the giant wings of a pterodactyls that could cast a shadow over the rugged mountains of Hormoz and relieve them for a second from the searing sun of the Persian… Continue reading

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