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: