Tehran Journals

Life in a big city...Iranian style

A June 1995 trip to Tehran by Esteeve

Quote: Iran is a magnificent place to visit. It is full of things that contradict many of one's perceptions of its people and politics. I travelled to Iran in 1995 and visited Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Chaloos. As and when time permits, I will post additional entries and pictures of each.

Life in a big city...Iranian style

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Overview

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Some of the best things to see are the historic mosques of Isfahan, and the ancient capital of Persepolis that lies outside Shiraz. However, the best stories lie in the people one meets along the way and the tales they can tell. Those tales alone are sufficient material for a book.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Taxis are the best way to travel around Iranian cities. They are generally inexpensive and are available almost anywhere. However, be prepared to pay a slightly higher charge if you are not traveling with a local - consider it a 'tourist tax.'
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Prior to arriving in Iran I had read of a favorite Iranian pastime of sleeping outside at night to beat the summer heat. My Iranian friend in New York had told her family of my interest in experiencing this pastime and without prompting from me, they asked if I would indeed like to try sleeping outdoors in the night time air. The only difference would be sleeping on the rooftop rather than the courtyard. The family broke into laughter in unison as the question was asked, thinking it so funny that an American should want to sleep on the roof. I gladly took them up on their offer – after all, I hadn’t travelled all that way to simply eat, sleep and eat like an American. ...Read More

Mostaqim! How to hail a taxi in Iran

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Usually mostaqim (straight ahead) will do the trick. In order to hail a taxi anywhere in Iran, one must stand by the roadside and as taxis slow down and roll by, you must yell out the direction in which you wish to travel. If the driver is going in that direction he will stop. If not, he will continue rolling on his way looking for other passengers. For the foreigner unaccustomed to the Iranian procedures of hailing a cab, one might consider practicing by shouting out places that almost no taxi will go, just to get the hang of talking to moving vehicles. Most of the taxis only travel along the main routes throughout the city...Read More

Hiking at Darake

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To escape the crush of humanity in the city center, as well as to take a break from the watchful eyes of the keepers of the faith, the komitehs, many Tehranis seek refuge in an area in the northern part of the city called Darake. What is Darake? It is an area in the north-eastern part of Tehran which consists of a village and numerous trails into the mountains above. The trails are what draws the crowds, though for various reasons. They lead into the mountains and all along the trail are fast moving streams and waterfalls created by thousands of years of melting snow, making its way down to the base of the mountains to where Tehran lies. The trail is extremely...Read More