Iran, Tehran - a place with lovely people 2

But let us come back to Iran. If you want to visit it, you better have no stamp-visit from Israel in your passport. Then, if you want a visa travel, then you have to have the hotel booking confirmation or a friend in Iran who can guarantee for you. After you collect your luggage, there is a place in the airport where you wait for the visa. They will ask you for the hotel confirmation or to name a person in Iran who can guarantee for you. I gave my friend's phone number and everything was ok. This takes up to 3 hours, depends on the queue and time. For me, it was from 1 AM to 3 AM.

Iran is the land of good food. They do the best 'sandwiches' in the world. In restaurants, you have to sit comfortable on the floor (of course there are nice pillows attached), eating with hands (which I love it) and drink doogh (a sort of yoghourt, mint or cucumber, water).  The food is exceptional. I tried everything as much as I could. They eat halal meat, smoke shisha (waterpipe) and do not drink alcohol. 

There are no clubs so young people meet in shisha places, in shops, on the internet or during driving.
In shisha places usually, come a group of girls or a group of boys with the purpose of interacting (I suppose). Girls are very beautiful, wearing lots of makeup, wearing the hijab  (which is compulsory in Iran when you go outside ) and a long dress (trousers with no long shirt is not permitted). Girls never smile to guys, even they go out to meet them, right? I assumed that this is part of the culture and they want to look serious. 
In shops, there is another story. Girls leave their handbags open so guys can leave, by mistake, their phone number on a small leaflet. Then the girl can contact them via WhatsApp.
Meeting while driving is even more interesting. There is a highway in Tehran where single girls and guys can drive freely. As they drive slowly, they can see each other, make small signs in between, stop somewhere, exchange numbers and then talk via phone or the internet.

Since the arranged marriages are too old for this era, youth in Iran found suitable ways to meet their love. And they do it so well actually.

Iranian people are warm, hospitable and nice. Inside a home, the woman is the queen: she can wear the best modern clothes, she can even wear a huge cleavage, she is listened to, she is taken care of and the man is doing as she says.  In Europe, this is fairytale.

I have participated to women meeting out: 15 ladies went out to drink and eat together and saw so much joy and fun there, even I did not understand a word from what they said, haha :)

Well, when visiting a new place I am more interested in its culture, people and food, but if you are interested in visiting, there are some good sport you have to not miss them:  museums and monuments

In Tehran, there are people reading the future in tea leafs. Yes, they can do that and I gave it a try. They have fortune tellers books (you open the book with close eyes and read what the fortune is telling you) - and I did that too. I have been to a barbeque party on a rooftop of a building and there on the roof, everyone seemed to be so natural and cool.

 Very religious, polite and strict, Iranian people hide lots of cultural heritage beneath their eyes.


  1. I quote: "wearing the hijab (which is compulsory in Iran when you go outside)"

    This is not the hijab at all .. This is the Iranian scarf.

    The Islamic Hijab is different.

  2. A hijab (/hɪˈdʒɑːb/, /hɪˈdʒæb/, /ˈhɪ.dʒæb/ or /hɛˈdʒɑːb/;[1][2][3][4] Arabic: حجاب‎‎ ḥijāb, pronounced [ħiˈdʒæːb] or [ħiˈɡæːb]) is a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can further refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to a certain standard of modesty. Hijab can also be used to refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere, or it may denote a metaphysical dimension, for example referring to "the veil which separates man or the world from God" - This is the definition I have found so far. The jijab is a veil, of course, you can arrange the veil in many ways, but this is still a veil. Iranian people are calling it hijab as well. Please accept it :)


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