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You can see it everywhere – from shy smiles, to curious questions about where you’re from, Iranians are welcoming to visitors and are generally happy to see travelers coming.
In traditional hotels and houses, they’ll treat you like family and you might even be invited for a homemade meal, just from a person on the street!
No wonder Couchsurfing is so popular there. I haven’t tried Couchsurfing in Iran myself, but have heard the only potential ‘threat’ is that a host might be too friendly and might want to accompany you everywhere.
No matter what your nationality or religion, you’ll be perfectly fine. Don’t cause conflicts and follow the local rules and you have nothing to worry about.
You can book hotels easily and find reasonable rstaurants for food, book local tickets, buy whatever you want as souvenir and etc. with cheap price and won’t need to spend alot money in this country to enjoy bests of intertainemts and fun.
The infrastructure in Iran runs smoothly and people are well educated. Of course the people you’ll speak to will be mostly those with a good level of English, but that’s quite a big part of the young educated population.
Ok, 1300 years does sound like a long time. But the Persian culture shaped throughout the times of Persian Empire was not lost, rather absorbed into Iran’s Islam.
It is therefore a bit different to regimes in the neighboring countries, not only because Iran’s population is predominantly made of Shiite Muslims.
There are many ethnic groups living in Iran. You can see representatives of nomadic tribes and of the neighboring countries who have fully assimilated and become Iranians.
You’ll be amazed by the big bright blue or green eyes of many!
In fact, many households are ruled by women. Mothers have the upper hand at home while outside, it’s the men. This dynamic seems to work quite well for Iran.
Persia has a long history and Iranians carry a lot of national pride in them.
Some people you’ll meet might be critical to certain past or present representatives, but the overall feel you’ll get is that they are proud to be Iranian.
You’ve never seen anything like it! Any patch of grass, or actually even a concrete sidewalk, is an ideal picnic spot!
People roll out a persian carpet, get out flasks with tea and some snacks and their favorite pastime is on! Some even bring gas stoves and actually cook their meals.
If you’re in Esfahan, walk around the Imam Square in late afternoon, you’ll see many locals sitting down for a picnic with family or friends. If you’re lucky, you might even be invited to one.
Love of family emanates from Iranians like from no other nation you’ve visited. Perhaps it’s also because they don’t use strollers much, so they carry their young ones in their arms.
You can often encounter parents or grandparents cuddling their babies and it really seems like family is in the center of the universe for them
Iranians traditionally eat most of their meals at home (or on a picnic), with a work lunch occasionally taken at a street stand.
If you stay at a traditional house instead of a hotel, you can taste the real homemade cuisine that’s so sought after!