In the Land of Stars: A French Traveler in Kerman

Oh My Road * –  I stayed in Kerman only for two nights, but the enthusiasm and dedication of my host allowed to see quite a lot in those two days. Hamams, the shrine of an inspired poet in Mahan, some ice-houses and other places of interest.

Big pots at the Ganjali-khan square

Big pots at the Ganjali-khan square

He even arranged for me to attend a choir repetition, which has been a really nice experience. It was interesting to see that they did have some musical/cultural activity going on – and that choir was of very good quality! – even on a small scale. And those people welcomed me warmly, of course (it was Iran after all!)  It has been an intense and true time in Kerman.

Shazdeh garden in Mahan near Kerman

Shazdeh garden in Mahan near Kerman

The reason I originally wanted to stop in Kerman was to see the desert, if possible. It has indeed been possible, thanks to my amazing host who even though he was quite sick the second day, wanted to stick to the plan and drove four of us to the desert. There was him, his wife, a young friend of the family, and an older one, a sixty-something energetic woman they had nicknamed “Mademoiselle” because she had remained a spinster.

The crazy show for me in the Shahdad desert

The crazy show for me in the Shahdad desert

She had been showing me the town around that second morning. She was very worried at first because she couldn’t speak English, and she didn’t know I knew some Persian by then. How would we communicate? But we did manage, I tried my best to show I had a big interest in learning Persian, and we got along really well, laughing a lot. She wanted to take care of me, called her niece in Tehran to have her translate a few sweet words she wanted to share with me.

Yakhchal_emee

Yakhchal, an ancient icehouse to store ice until summertime

She also came prepared to the desert expedition and after having put on some make up and props, she did a crazy dance show for us, dressed up as a man! [Baba-Karam dance]. It was a really nice experience. Going to the desert, I enjoyed the barren dramatic landscapes a lot. I was especially happy to get beautiful pictures of the Road, as if I were hitchhiking again.

Trumpet having a sun bath

Trumpet having a sun bath

Oh, by the way, this desert is so desertic that if you put any sand under the microscope, you supposedly won’t find any form of life.

Sheep sky in Kerman

Sheep sky in Kerman

Oh My Road! is written by Emée, French traveler and linguist. See more photos of her trip to Kerman on her blog

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