Iran 2017 —
In the summer of 2017, I travelled two Iran with two friends to see a friend in common. My Iranian friend often posts beautiful photographs of her home country and I had long looked for an opportunity to visit her. So when a friend of mine asked if we should go and another friend joined in, the trip finally became a reality. I originally wanted to go there to experience the beautiful architecture and colourful mosques, but was pleasantly surprised with how many other things there were to explore.
Iranians are some of the friendliest people I've met and wherever you go, you are met with greetings, invitations for meals and heartfelt appreciation. I also found the politics surrounding the hijab particularly interesting, as all women are required to cover their head by law. Some women oblige and wear the almost full covering chador and others only stick to the bare minimum, attaching the scarf with bobbin pins as far back on the head as possible. We enjoyed the hospitality of my Iranian friend's family and friends and never missed anything while we were there.
i was first met with scepticism when sharing our travel plans with friends and family due to political unrest, which there to some extent is, however, we only rarely experienced it and I will highly recommend going to anyone interested. I was overwhelmed with the architecture, colours, food, textiles, traditions and friendliness and aim to go back and explore even more some day.