Travels in the “safe corner” of Iraq

  The sky above flashes in lights. The screams are periodically muted by deafening blasts. Children run uncontrollably in all directions. If our parents give us a call right now and we excitedly… 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

Community dreams (Tbilisi)

It must have been Cortázar who convinced me that dreams have everything to do with fuzz. They crawl at night underneath your bed, and while you are busy dreaming something else, hide in a… Continue reading

Crafts in the Caucasus – From street stalls to artisans’ homes

We have spent nearly two months roving around the Caucasus, mostly visiting people and places that do not feature in the guidebooks, inventing imaginary lands and running different workshops, but also doing a bit of winter… Continue reading

Abkhazia – a staircase to nowhere

Abkhazia, a natural paradise that many would argue simply does not exist, is a tiny buffer zone between Russia and Georgia stretching for some 180 km along the Eastern Black Sea coast.  Yet, contrary to… Continue reading

Short guide to entering Abkhazia via Georgia

Unless you are a citizen of the few friendly states that recognize Abkhazia as an independent republic, you will certainly need to obtain permission and visa to visit this little forgotten paradise. This… Continue reading

In the high land of the Svans (Georgia)

After a week of imaginary travels in Zugdidi we finally feel ready to head towards the place that had been haunting our own imagination long before starting this travel. The land of the… Continue reading

Imaginary travels in Zugdidi (Georgia)

We got to Zugdidi thanks to some dose of curiosity, the interest of Droni Youth Association, and the kind drivers that carried us hitchhiking from Tbilisi.

If a stranger knocks (In Georgia)

Nobody knocks on the door after 9 o’clock. The neighbours have just left home after some wine and chat, the witch from down the road never knocks but bangs and would just push… Continue reading

A surreal exit (Erzurum – Batumi – Tbilisi)

The curtain raises.  The transparent moon that impatiently plunges in the sky long before sunset grins in the background over saw-toothed mountains, while we energetically thumb up in the icebound outskirts of Erzurum.… Continue reading

Erzurum sub-zero

Erzurum is a fantastic name, isn’t it? Call it Karin or Arzan ar-Rum and the city does not lose any of its solid feeling.  But that’s not the point of our wonderings; the question… Continue reading

Crafts always have a story to tell (Turkey)

The first parcels are ready to go. Like a legion of little messengers they travel now by land and air to take a sample of crafts from Turkey to ten different destinations. It’s… Continue reading

Ankara in the shadows

There are places one wants to visit and others one is obliged to pass by on his way to somewhere else. Places that take the reluctant traveller out of his itinerary, forcing him… Continue reading

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