Chasing the Dream: Two Women Traveling in Iran

Madi Jahangir* –  “Iranians and Italians are so much alike. In the good and in the bad!” Angela’s emphasis on the good and the bad made me laugh aloud every time and laughter was what made our trip even more fun.

Our two weeks traveling in Iran officially ended few days ago when my friend and fellow travel writer Angela of Chasing the Unexpected flew back to Rome, Italy and I took the night bus to northern Iran. So far as being two women coming from two of the world’s first civilizations, we were not really surprised to realize that the two nations share a lot in the matter of culture and lifestyle. Perhaps one of the major traits that Iranians share with Italians is to keep that crazy sense of humor, to cheer oneself up at the time of frustrating long distances. 

On the two weeks journey of learning and adventure, friendship and discovery, exhaustion and laughter, I traveled to several cities in Iran, not only as a traveler, but also as a tour guide this time, who is supposed to go beyond the usual tourism information and give a true insight deep into Iranian culture and history, some of which a non-Iranian may not notice at first glance.

Here is a glimpse into our trip to Chase the Unexpected and Dream of Iran, before I will be writing more about each and every places in the near future:

Peacock tail in Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, Esfahan - May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Peacock tail in Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, Esfahan – May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Azadi Tower, Tehran  - May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Azadi Tower, Tehran – May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Tabriz Bazaar - May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Tabriz Bazaar – May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Decorative art on the walls of Sheikh Safi mausoleum, Ardabil  - May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Decorative art on the walls of Sheikh Safi mausoleum, Ardabil – May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Stone house in Kandovan, Eastern Azerbaijan - May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Stone house in Kandovan, Eastern Azerbaijan – May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Mausoleum of Cyrus the great, Pasargade, Fars province  - May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Mausoleum of Cyrus the great, Pasargade, Fars province – May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Mazdi Espez, Talysh, Gilan  - May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Mazdi Espez, Talysh, Gilan – May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Inside the building in Dolat Abad Garden  - May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

Inside the building in Dolat Abad Garden – May 2014 / Photo: Madi Jahangir

* Madi Jahangir is editor at DreamOfIran. Follow DOI on twitter and Facebook

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