The world is a scary place. That’s what I keep hearing. I do however belong to the most dangerous, destructive species on this Earth, overwhelmingly dominant over any potential predator. So, why should I be scared?
Well, I am told almost constantly that I should fear greatly the other members of my species; those who are not like me. There are people whose job it is (apparently) to protect me from those other scary people, and they tell me on TV and the Internet that the best way to not be afraid is to stay with my tribe. I should be wary of those “other”, different, scary people, and celebrate the people like me because, as I am constantly told (for reasons that are never fully explained)… we are the best people.
I’m very fortunate though, or maybe crazy, because I am not actually scared at all of the “other”. I have no fear of blacks, homosexuals, Muslims, Asians, homeless people, zombies, ghosts… I’m also very lucky to come from a peaceful western country, so I am not afraid of terrorists coming to kill me, which is actually as likely as a plane crash or shark attack. Statistically I should be much more fearful of dying in a natural disaster, but the Internet keeps telling me to be afraid of those “other”, scary people, and to stay with my own kind. I should mention here; I’m not a complete lunatic and of course, some things do frighten me. I am a little scared of the Internet.
Anyway, I had a few days off work, so I took a quick trip to Iran.
Some friends, family and colleagues offered their thoughts (again) on my travels, which were not entirely unexpected. A number of these reactions to this mini-vacation might be condensed into something like, ‘Iran?! OMG… Why???’
When people ask me “why” I do things, my standard answer is generally, “Because I Can”, or “Because it’s There”. More accurately and truthfully though, I went to Iran because it was close to where I lived at the time, and the one-hour flight from Dubai was cheap. And… I thought it would be interesting!
Everyone is different I guess. Some people like to film themselves, dangling, one-handed from cranes atop skyscrapers, or surfing a tsunami. I think those people are a bit crazy, but to each their own. Some people think I’m a bit nuts too. I can say from experience however… if you get an adrenaline-rush from danger, or if you want to test the limits of your own capacity to survive in a desolate, unforgiving landscape and a hostile, unforgiving people… well, Iran will disappoint you. Of course they do have all that vast, rugged desert there. They have ski resorts too! I didn’t know that.
I had no prior knowledge of the city of Shiraz. I had heard of it of course, but before this I would have assumed it might be in France perhaps, maybe near Bordeaux or some other wine place. I had no idea about this ancient former Persian capital, famed for its literature… and its wine.
I’m not totally ignorant though. I had thought to do a bit of preliminary research, so as not to accidentally make any cultural faux pas. I’d been advised by a number of people, and the Internet, that the wearing of jeans in Iran, and possession of other evil symbols of the western capitalist enemy are strictly prohibited in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is, as it turns out, complete bullshit.
I had been told that the Persian women are strictly controlled by the oppressive regime. They are to be kept largely indoors and must remain fully covered when in public, so as not to show any hair, or commit other such immoral public acts of indecency, except… more bullshit.
I should mention, obviously, that this is a conservative Islamic nation, and just like everywhere, there are rules. (The UAE is also a conservative Islamic nation, and anyone who has been to Dubai in the last twenty years will tell you, Dubai makes Las Vegas look positively demure). Some people questioned me later that I had taken no photos of women in the streets (header Photo: AFP, 2020). This is not to say that they weren’t there. In Iran, it is illegal to photograph people without consent, and, well… approaching random women in the street and asking to take their photo is considered a bit strange in many cultures.
So, I arrived at my hotel in Shiraz and the staff were immediately helpful. They showed me where to get an Iranian SIM card (I wasn’t sure why they thought I needed that), tips on currency exchange, and directions to local restaurants and places of interest. I dropped my bag in the room, then set off for a walk to change some money and get a bite to eat.
At time of writing, the official exchange rate is 42,300 Iranian Rials to the dollar. The ‘real’ rate is closer to 50,000. Desperate for stable foreign currency after many years of crippling economic sanctions, the exchange rate on the street was significantly better than that offered by the banks. This made everything even cheaper than it already was. It was a fun kind of novelty to be walking around with millions in cash… for about ten minutes. Then I was completely baffled.
So, the smallest denomination bank note (100 Rials) was worth about US$0.002 and things got confusing. Then I learned that only the government talks in terms of Rials, but the people trade in the ‘Toman’, which just means all sums are divided by ten. There are still too many zeros though, so they often just leave those out anyway. For the following three days I attempted to pay far too much for everything, or far too little.
Anyway, I was alone and just looking for a quick snack, so I ordered a hot dog at the fast food joint around the corner from my hotel. There are no western franchise restaurants in Iran and the name of this place was ‘Fast Food’. The guy there was cool and he asked if I wanted a small hot dog, which I thought was weird. I ordered a normal one. Then I saw a burger being delivered to a table of young men sitting in the corner. I remembered seeing burgers like that in Australia, 30 years earlier (or maybe I was just much smaller then). I carried my hot dog in both hands, and my complimentary gift of alcohol-free beer (?) back to the hotel.
The hot dog guy was the first of dozens to ask me where I was from and if I was enjoying Iran. The Persians are proud of their country, and everyone I spoke to was very pleased to hear I was enjoying my stay. Vendors helped me out. They joked in good nature at my clumsy attempts to understand their currency. People politely asked for more money when necessary and, several times, they laughed while handing back extra wads of money I attempted to overpay. For some reason nobody seemed to want to rip off the clueless tourist. At least, not any more than I thought was perfectly acceptable. The clueless tourist tax is a global thing.
One of my favorite countries to visit has long been Philippines. It is a developing country facing its own set of problems, where guys with big guns guard the shopping malls. The Filipinos refuse to stop smiling for any reason, even when telling you that you should not go outside at night. Many countries are like that, if perhaps with less of all that smiling. I always go out for a walk at night.
Later that night I decided to try my luck and go out for a walk. The hotel doorman didn’t appear to have a gun of any size and wished me a pleasant evening. Mixed social company isn’t really a thing in public. Groups of men and groups of women were out walking, shopping, chatting, being almost aggressively non-threatening… apparently all the ‘Axis of Evil’ stuff was happening somewhere else.
It was getting late, but the absence of any sense of danger remained. I went looking for the famed Chah e-Cheragh Shrine, which I’d heard was beautiful. I chatted with some guys at a falafel stand, then I saw a large sign written in Farsi. It’s wise to know that the Persians are not Arabs, and they speak Farsi, not Arabic. This was of no consequence to me because I don’t speak either of those languages, but the sign had a big arrow on it which pointed down a dark alley, so I followed that. The next ten minutes was a random maze of dark alleys, but still… not a single maniac could be found.
Those alleys never seemed to lead anywhere, except back out onto another main road. Eventually I found the place I was looking for though, and was patted down by an armed security guard who apologised for having to do so. He said it was his job. Admission was free.
The funerary complex was serene. Then I walked into the shrine itself. It was indeed beautiful. Jaw-dropping would be another way to describe this place, the name of which in Persian translates as ‘King of the Light’. Looking up at the impossibly glittering mirrored walls and ceilings (of which my photos do no justice), I hadn’t noticed that I had now committed a cultural faux pas. Again, to put it another way, I had, I thought, monumentally f^#ked up. Here, at this very important holy site in Southern Iran, awestruck by what I was seeing… I had casually strolled into the women’s section. Not good. The three women sat quietly on the floor looking at me. I just stared back at them, frozen with embarrassment and at that moment, I did feel scared. The women smiled, then, softly and gently, as if trying not to startle a cornered animal, they very politely alerted me of the obvious and directed me out and to the men’s entrance.
It is easy to forget, as a westerner, just how simple traveling is for us. English is ubiquitous to the extent that we don’t notice it until it isn’t happening. All over the world people speak to us in our own language (except perhaps Japan), even the people our own politicians and media portray as an enemy to be feared. I have been more than fortunate to have traveled much of the world, where people talk to me in English. It’s a bit weird really, how we seem to know just how much these evil Iranians (for example) hate us, when they speak to us in our language and we know almost nothing about them.
I’ll tell you a secret from what I have learned traveling. The overwhelming majority of all people everywhere… are good. And we are all basically the same. We all want to work and build a better life, to laugh with our friends, to be intimate with our partner, to watch our children grow strong, to upgrade our phones occasionally, maybe catch a movie sometimes or read a good book, to take a day sometimes to do nothing at all, to secretly hope that someone will catch us on video that one time we do something awesome… yeah, we’re all pretty much the same. And that’s why there is no reason to be scared. Sure, there will always be people who aren’t wired right, but they really are so very few. So, be scared of the “other” in much the same way you should be scared of being struck by lightning. Not much at all.
One last bit of advice… wherever in the world you may travel, at least just learn how to say ‘Thank you’. And smile.
So, there you go. Shiraz is a historical and peaceful city, but… if you really want to experience pure adrenaline, or have a serious death wish, they’ve got you covered there also. Simply try your luck crossing one of the major city streets at the designated pedestrian (zebra) crossings. These are purely decorative.
Salaam, and merci.
Nice experience! Salaam
Nice post. I agree about how government propaganda is, in many instances, intended to bring fear. I found countries like Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco much safer than my country (or Israel) wanted me to think. However, unlike you, I do fear ISIS.
I’ve heard it’s beautiful country full of amazing people.
I always wanted to go skiing there.
Thank you for sharing and another thank you for coming I enjoyed and had smile all the times was reading your opinion about Iran happy to hear that some people can’t believe everything showing in media and not judging easily people just because of their government but unfortunately it’s really nasty game hey please come again welcome always to my country x
thanks for sharing. It was really pleasant and I am glad you enjoyed the trip. Also, as Pari said, you are always welcome. I just wanted to share your experiences and amazing story on my Facebook page.
Thank you for sharing also Yasan! Most appreciated, and I’ll be back there to have more of a look around when I can.
I had heard very good things about Iran and it’s great to get this confirmation from a trusted friend! I won’t hesitate to go there next chance I get…in the meantime, may the chinooks just keep on rollin’ in!
Good to hear. Enjoyed your account. Kay
Nice post Stu. Always enjoy your writing.
Thanks Pierre, cheers mate!
Who the hell purposely takes a vacation in Iran unless you have ties to that country???
I do. Why do I need ties? I don’t have ties in North Korea either… or Ethiopia, Bosnia, France… you only go places where you have friends and relatives Al? I mean… that was kinda my point.
The truth will blow your mind Al 😉
Al why would anyone go on holiday to Spain or France or anywhere else in the world unless you have ties to that country? What a strange thing to say.
Not strange at all…Spain , France and the rest of Europe are not hot spots for hatred like Iran is
Al Snowdon …you have some issues.
Jim MacLean go fuck yourself..stupid fuckin liberal
Nice retort Al. Well done.
A hot spot for hatred ??? . . perfectly describes the US . . . with respect to the middle east and Muslims.
“hot spots for hatred like Iran is”…..and experienced, presumably personally, where? Or did you read it somewhere? See it on TV? Someone told you?…..must be true, then….😉
Al Snowdon I guess the Paris bombings didn’t happen….
Iran would be a good place to go on holiday to, you could watch a public beheading. It’s nice to sample other countries’ bright and vivid cultures.
Adrian Smith..that’s my point..Paris bombings did happen and all thanks to the nice little goatfuckers from the middle east
Al the west is setting up those goatfuckers such as ISIS and others like the Saudi Givernment! Please try to read up before you believe in your CNN and BBC news!! Then dropping bombs on elderly, young children, couples.. Anyone who comes in the way!! Only to steel wealth & OIL?! And they tell people like you about the danger of WMD!! In Iraq.. It’s a joke. Wake up!
Don’t be scared Al Snowdon. I am sure you never even been to Toronto, but best way to defeat your fear is to face it. I am from Iran and didn’t go back for 15 years but I love to see North Korea, don’t trust government and media. Full of bulshit.
Mumtaz Ali..maybe you can explain then the bullshit going on in France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, UK and several other countries that are now being terrorize by the garbage that they have let into their countries…the animals from syria, Iraq, Somalia and several other middle east countries…are you gonna try and tell me that nothing is going on there??? They come with the cult that is Islam and terrorize their host countries….that is not made up..that is a fact..they still live like it’s still 1100 a.d. playing off the words of a barbarian child molester….
Alex Kolver..I work with a guy from Iran every day…great guy but I still wouldn’t visit Iran. .and I make it to toronto on a regular basis…not sure how that is relivent though
Al Snowdon look up this website: http://www.1001inventions.com
I am not out to convert you to my way of thinking, I am just telling you that if you look at the bigger picture you will see that if the western governments and bankers have a plan to stay in power then they will do anything!! ie who setup Saudi government, who setup Hasni Mubarak Egypt, who setup Saddam Hussain Iraq… The list never ends. As for terror look what Australians did to the aborigines, look what Americans did to Indians, look what west did to African slaves… When you go and bomb people’s homes, family and children then what do you expect they going to throw flowers at you ?!
Whatever…raping women in colon because they deserved it right???? Fuckoff asshole
For starters. …it’s beautiful. …. secondly, out of sheer fascination for the length of human history there. ….
Here’s something funny. ..a Christian shooting up people in the US isn’t called what it is …. terrorism. …most terrorist acts in the US were/ are by Christians.
Oh what a lovely place, so forward and peaceful.
I have friends who have done tours of duty in many places, almost all are beautiful and the people friendly. But they were not in foreign lands because of scenery. Governments killing their people, silencing those who speak out. Im sure many people thought Berlin was a wonderful vacation spot before 1939. Idiots.
Erik Hammer and these same Liberals on here will talk about equality for all, then advocate vacationing in places like Iran where they hang people for being Homosexuals and stone women to death for adultery after being raped. Why anyone would support such regimes is mind boggling.
Because this type of behaviour can be stopped by hugs and understanding. Hey if you dont see it in the resort it must not exist.
I know some people who cycle toured through Iran,very nervous at first but said it was a incredible country to visit
Thank You for sharing! I love travelling too and to learn about other cultures! Narrow minded people are a disgrace to human race!
Its true the narrow minded are a disgrace. What kind of person would murder another because they read a book wrong? How dare a god make people different enough to hang for it.
Adrian Smith run along and eat man meat. Lefty
Al, don’t believe the BS, make up your own mind for a change, Iranians are amongst the kindest and friendliest people on the planet and extremely well educated too. As I said earlier if you see the country up close it’ll blow your mind, they don’t rape women (no more than the West 😉 ) and don’t behead people in public (that’s your lovely ally Saudi 😉 ) goat fucking is unheard of (I hear it’s legal in 11 states down your way ? ) they also don’t go around killing millions of innocent people and call it defending Freedom 😉 . If you brought an alien down to earth, it’s the US they’d pick out to avoid.
Kevin Fahey There are definitely problems that must be addressed but stoning is not common or routine. Regarding homosexuality, yes it is officially frowned upon but Iran is also one of very few countries that pays a large percentage of the costs for sex changes, bet your hate department hadn’t told you that 😉 .
Alex Kolver why did you leave Iran?
Stuart Parkinson There can be many reasons Stuart, why do so many Europeans go to Australia or Canadians to the US or vice versa ? Why judge one man any differently to another ? I still go back regularly, it’s not perfect but nor is the West as perfect as it may want to lead you to think.
Al Snowdon, the people of the Middle East are human beings not animals.
Before the ill fated attack by the US and my own country it was a vacation destination for a lot of Europeans. The turmoil that we have created is tragic and has let loose a religious faction that was suppressed by Sadam Hussein. We have a lot to answer for.
hmmm…..seems there’s a minority of one…..tells a story, in itself, doesn’t it….I’m reminded that, while insular, ill-educated, easily brain washed with ‘hogwash’ types are in the minority there is hope for the rest of us…..stop buying the bullshit,fed to you by your government/media, al! make your own judgements based on your own life experience….
Sorry Al Snowdon Spain has some pretty decent terrorist groups I think you will find if you do your research, France has recently received “terror” attacks. I have no ties to the US but they’re blowing up everyone at the moment and your murder rate is insane, the number of terrorist organisations the US has is rather high too, should I visit there?
Al Snowdon – the epitome of ignorance.
According to the FBI 96% of all terrorist incidents in the USA in the decade leading up to 2012 were by non Muslim groups.
In Europe, according to EuroPol, it is 94%.
Even worse though the terrorist groups like ISIS, Al Quaeda, Taliban etc are ALL Sunni Muslims – Iran is 95% Shiah so has nothing to do with any of these groups.
I’m not a liberal or an appeaser and there are nasty bastards out there but thankfully I also don’t cower in fear or believe everything the media feed me so happily have travelled to the US, Latin America, Middle East & Asia & loved every one of the places I’ve been to.
Al Snowden please let’s not use fowl language. what about the rapes that were taking place in Germany before refugees?! Will you blame the refugees for that too… It seems you’ve been blinded and you are scared to open your eyes! All religions are good but it’s individuals who misrepresent be it Islam, Christianity, Jewish!
Well just goes to show you that you cant fix stupid. If you want to go to these Countries then do not expect help if something goes wrong. You will only have yourself to blame.
Robbie Willits Can’t fix stupid, you said it 😉 try reading all the replies next time before announcing your ignorance.
Who misses the point by such a huge margin? Clueless.
Haha Al Snowdon you live in Hamilton you shouldn’t judge. Maybe I should believe what I am told about it being the armpit of Ontario and filled with drug addicts and bikers. Unlike yourself I live in Toronto and we are diverse and respectful of others cultures. Stay in Hamilton and keep your ignorance there. Perhaps instead of going on facebook you should educate yourself on Iran not just what cnn or other news outlets tell you. Before Afghanistan was bombed to the ground it was also a top vacation spot. News Flash you are being a terrorist. You are terrorizing a whole race of people based on ignorance. I figured you were an American so disgusted when I see fellow Canadians spewing hate. You definitely are not what we stand for. Before you call me a liberal or a left wing I will say this has nothing to do with my politics or religion its called being a decent human. You should try it its not hard.
Not so decent when your first assumption is that an asshole is American. Pot, meet kettle.
Now with that said, I agree with the OP. Get out and learn something.
Lmao Jody O’Brien after watching their elections the assumption wasn’t far off. I will add I am learning more and more how ignorant people are in the comment sections of posts like this. SMH you really showed me lol
And being originally from the Maritimes I am further disgusted you are too. Ugh ignorance everywhere!!!
Ignorance eh? Guess we should all rally behind Trudeau and send this government billions. Im sure they will use it to further human rights in Iran. Lets all put on the blinders and support governments that murder their citizens for crimes like being gay, denouncing their faith, and drinking alcohol.
Iran is a wonderful place to travel to
Ugh so you suggest we condemn a whole nation because of their politics Erik Hammer don’t be ignorant. If that were the case I think we should also never visit the United States. Ugh so annoying when people assume they are superior. Maybe we should not be so blind to the rest of the world and ignorant of other cultures.
Shea Brown i never condemned a nation, i condemn the government that is hanging people. I also condemn our PM haircut for making billion dollar deals with that government. Ever wonder why we had sanctions against them? Because they have one of the worst human rights records in the world. If you accept a government “culture” where gays are hung from cranes you are the ignorant one. Maybe you as a free woman should go there Shea, wear a pride flag, drink a beer, speak your mind. Im sure its just minty 👌🏻
Make sure you get your husbands permission before leaving though Shea, wouldnt want you getting in trouble.
By the way, happy international womens day. Be grateful you live in a country where you can celebrate it in public.
If its that lovely why does every fucker want to come to Britian then
Al Snowdon guess you didn’t get much schooling, did ya, Al. Name calling? Really? Wow! How old are you anyway?
Darren Balls Same reason that every fucker from here wants to go to Australia 😉 every fucker from Italy wants to go to other places in Europe, every retired fucker dreams of Spain, every fucker in Canada wants to go to America, grass is always greener on the other side.
People who are not raised to be scared of the world around them.
Darren Balls, I live in the middle east and most of my colleagues are British. We choose to live here. I’m Australian and every second person I talk to wants to live in Australia. Hamid Hajilou is right.
Erik Hammer. it is very naive to believe there is any good government in the world. yes Iran ruled by islamic dictatorship and I strongly believe any country in middleast must keep their dictatorship. I don’t like Islamic version of it but it is still way better than democracy. Growing in that culture you will learn majority of people culturally believe in dictatorship and that’s working for them, yes Iran killed thousands of people for crimes that are considered human rights and that’s horrible but find me a single country in the world who is not engaged in some sort of crimes. like Canada is one of the biggest sponsors of ISIS and other terrorist groups and arm and supports Saudi Arabia and Israel which are far worse than Iranian government. but the overwhelming majority of Iranian people know their government is criminal but in west majority of people are too naive or simply ignorant and racist to admit that they are just as bad.
Dictatorship has been the norm for most of our history, democracy a recent experiment that has yet to prove it can do better.
I like to travel and learn. You have painted a positive image , please don’t lead me astray because I will travel to Iran and explore and learn. So I’m counting on your accuracy
Thanks Brian… well every experience is different. This was just mine. Hope you have a great time there!
His point is why holiday in hell?-when heaven is so acessable
Ive been to Iran for a visit & stayed a few months its actually beautiful & the people are very welcoming. Great food & love the shopping areas. It all depends on where you go,
Do you stay in the cities or country side.
The Iranians are Shia. Not Sunni. It’s that simple. The Shi’ite do not follow the backward murderous doctrine of the Bukhari Hadeeth.
I am from Iran and I agree with all he says but still as a tourist, like every other country you are a first target for criminals . but yes majority of people are very nice and welcoming, I am not sure if there is any tour going to Iran but that would be a safer and better option in my opinion.
When and if all hell breaks loose you will all holler I am American come and get me.
Dave Roberts No however many of the crimes such as apostasy, adultery, rape , criticism of Islam are punished in the same way as in Sunni majority countries. Hijab is compulsory for all women even tourists. Food is good and people are friendly. Forget about bars and nightclubs, they are non existent. This is the type of vacation to visit historical sites and eat good food mainly.
It all depends how lucky you are ….
Thanks Alex Kolver, I appreciate your point… but to be honest, a person can get into trouble in any country… if they have the wrong attitude. That’s what it’s all about I think. No need to seek the shelter of a tour group if you’ve traveled a bit… and show basic common courtesy, wherever you are.
Peninsularity Ensues, Yes I agree, but Iran has a group of hardliners competing for power which some times go above and beyond their own laws and there are possibilities of being accused of spying etc. I am assuming if you are a company with a tour it would reduce the risk. But as far as I remember all those who have been accused of such a crime , have been people who have Iranian background themselves. All that said there are millions of Iranian and non iranian people visit Iran without any issues.
Robbie, I’m not an American, and even if I was… in much of the world, that wouldn’t be a great thing to holler. haha. I have nothing against Americans of course. Many of my friends are American. Your machine though, unfortunately… is broken.
I bet your glad tomorrow is a special day for you and my machine works just fine.
Liam on Taken,Good luck….alright if you want to play Russian roulette with your life….
Watch much Fox news Wally? …or for that matter, any western corporate journalism.
All bought and paid for,can’t reveal any truths,not allowed to do that,nothing to disrupt the flow of money to the crooks…
Yep… that’s kinda the point.
And this is the country Hilary Clinton vowed to destroy. It is America that is scary.
Anthony Bourdain did an episode on Iran and basically says the people were great and interesting and wonderful . He had s great time there
He did however know that people were terrified to say anything because they were afraid of the government
One of the people he interviewed in his show disappeared six months later
Sure regardless of how nice the people are and how beautiful the country is the government is very terrifying
I agree with that… sounds like a few countries I know of.
This is BS
What is exacly, Peggy Peleman Sandmair?
That’s what happens when peoples believe anything they hear or read in the media questioning it ! Thing are not always what they appear to be or what we were told they are!
am sure it is , that why I said what I said about it in my post , I was speaking about the made up story , sensationalism, exaggerations, and everything else you hear in the media. You must have had a great time in a beautiful, antiquity like , amazing great place.! ✌️
They told me, it’s a best place for gays to stay!
Don’t know , not gay, and am pretty sure that homosexuality is frowned upon down theses parts . So what are you really saying here?
Downtown Detroit might be scarier…..or any downtown USA…..everyone packin a gun
Get a chance to view a public execution? Or do they only kill homosexuals and non believers away from the shopping areas?
Iran, where they hang people for being gay.
” Spent a laid-back few days in Iran…” Not laid back for others. I think Iran is as “scary” as it is generally portrayed to be.
Im assuming here, but i think there is a bit of a difference between going on vacation and living under a government.
Don’t they have capital punishment in the States?
And aren’t the Police regularly shooting and killing black people for the flimsiest of reasons?
Lethal injection i believe, and its for murder, not being gay. Black people shot each other 10x more thsn police did, also i am Canadian. But way to support the torture and execution of gays there bud.
Who is supporting it? And you telling me gay people in the Southern states are all treated well by other citizens?
I’m not Iranian and I despise the mullahs but worse than them is supposedly intelligent people believing blindly what the media feeds them.
They are not being arrested and hung. And it is not the “media” feeding the truth. Leaked video and human rights watch groups tend to paint a pretty vivid picture of how people are slaughtered.
Video is worth a lot of words. Takes the guesswork out.
Oh gee! Lets turn mussy and live in glorious peace! Not!
No idea what a mussy is but I don’t this guy turned into one.
In the same way I didn’t turn into an ignorant bigot when I visited the States.
I’m not Muslim
About what exactly? …thanks for your insight, by the way.
never judge a book by its cover I guess … or by what a greedy corporate run media portrays … I recently heard the iranian government executed a billionnare for corruption… that should be a law in the western world and maybe we wouldn’t have so many money “hoarders”
That’s as maybe, but Iran also executes young children, many for minor infractions or “anti-state activities. Nice people to know, huh?
So does saudi arabia plus they still behead people and treat their women abhorrently yet when does the media mention their atrocities
so you would execute someone for having money? wow. that is some misdirected greed right there, because if money wasn’t your god, why would you care about someone hoarding money? and where would you have your jealousy benchmark? £1000 in the bank? £100,000? a million? “sorry mate, you saved 50p this month with means you broke the martell law…how would you like to be executed? beheading with a blunt knife?”
They don’t mention it Ruth because they don’t want to invade that country… yet.
I am from Iran and I would recommend visiting preferably by a tour or something. yes it is a dictatorship just like another 70 or so countries in the world. It is not like Castro is waiting in airport to execute everyone lands in Cuba is it? Lol
Alex Kolver No Cuba likes foreign money too. Did see a lot of police and military there though, probably making sure nobody does something as stupid as drinking or being gay to get themselves hung.
Brian yes a few kids were tried by a court and given death penalty .the usa police executed 115 in one year some r women without a trial and the police doesn’t even get suspended that’s a fact u and I know.
Erik Hammer. I am not suggesting you to visit Iran. if you are so scared and have no idea what you are getting to, you will definitely put yourself in trouble. I don’t think anyone here wants to go see how gay people doing in Iran or try the local bar. It is a very different culture and history and way of life which some people are interested to see it first hand. Just like I love to go and see North Korea. because I am sure it is very different from what media like us to know. The experience is different which is exciting for some people.
I work with a couple of guys from Iran for a few months (they didn’t know each other previous to working at this place either) they truly changed my perception of the people of Iran. Strong family and friendship values. I am still in contact with them even after I stopped working there.
And the food is great! I love Iranians!
Land & people are beautiful on their own accord It’s about the system of governance that creates conflicts & hostilities. Iran is not a true democracy & the ruling Mullahs will not waver from their ultimate goal…Celiphate = world domination by Islam ! Visit their prisons…
It will be ok in the tourist’s go
Unless you have been and experienced a country you should not have opinions.
I have just returned from Cuba and met the nicest people anywhere. Our governments have tried to starve the people into submission for 50yrs.
Cuba is a beautiful place! Best orange just ever! Love the accent!
Cheers Tom! An Australian colleague of mine went there recently and said it was a wonderful trip! I want to go there too soon, before it changes too much. It’s the only remaining “Communist” country I haven’t visited. haha
Until you break a law
I guess law is irrelevant where you’re from.
So tell me why are so many countries in just the Middle East , not just Israel, are very weary of the country of Iran ??? And why is Iran creating havoc all over the Middle East
Iran isn’t ? . .
Iran Isn’t what ?
Creating havoc . . how ? What have they done . . . ?
It isn’t Iran, you need to do some research.
Groups like ISIS, Al Queada etc are anti Shiah which = anti Iran.
Please explain the havok Malcolm. By the way, I’m not an apologist for Iran, or a supporter. I just went there, and like so many of my friends and colleagues, I found it to be a very friendly and hospitable place. That is all.
The countries wary of Iran are mostly Sunni-ruled states who see Saudi as the regional power and Iran as a hostile challenger. Shi’a states, on the other hand, look to Iran for protection of Saudi Arabia – whose government, incidentally, make Iran look like Boy Scouts and tree-hugging liberals.
You sure were in Iran or did you dream
So why are they leaving in rafts…kids drowning..if this is true ship them all back just trouble makers ..
The Iranians aren’t leaving . . . Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are the countries where people are leaving . . you know, the ones that have been attacked by the US, UK France, Russia etc.
Oh I made a boo boo…me bad??lol
all the same..been fighting and killing for thousands of years and will be in another thousand..
Yes… you’re thinking of different people.
If its that nice send them back there then,
Send who, back where? And where do we send ignorant bigots to?
Send who back? Are you thinking about the refugees? They are from different countries.
Zulafkar is right, Gloria. Send who back? What are you talking about?
If Iran is so nice as the post sugests why are the people leaving to go to unknown destinations,
None of the refugees are Iranian?!?
Is that so,very few are from Syria.and most of those are able bodied young men who should be fighting for there country and looking after there familys.how come there are 2 words that are prolific if that cover all charities..Racist and Bigot..if you don,t agree with them,
A nice lady from work is from Iran and in fact she’s gone back there to care for her mum. She said it’s a great place
Yeah let’s go for a vacation in Iran- I’ll bring my ghetto blaster and bring along some Elton John, Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand. You’d last 5 minutes.
Have you tried it? You do know there are clubs in Tehran?
Ghetto blaster… no… but I was surprised at the teenagers there listening to the hip-hop on their phones in the street (no headphones). By the way, if you blasted those tunes you mentioned as my neighbour Peter, well… you’d have some trouble there too. Just sayin’.
Such a misleading article.
How? Thanks for calling it an article, by the way. 😉
It’s just a piece of travel writing, documenting one person’s personal experience of a place. In what way is it misleading you?
It’s misleading because it doesn’t conform to preconceptions.
Its misleading because the writer is from Dubai. Obviously going to a place thats “an hour away” from your home is misleading. Same trip taken by someone who isn’t from there could end much differently.
D.a. Dryden I’m Australian.
Lol fuck that.
Screw up when your there and see how fast that changes..under the surface Iran is a cesspit of evil .
When were you last there?
Screw up as in break the law? Simple. ..don’t break the law. …same as here.
And america is great u get rob rape kill shot by police .the us government put bullshit in your head
And what happens when you screw up in the US?
Remind me, how many people in jail and how big the prison industry is…
I like how the people who most fear foreign places never visit them, but spread the fear regardless. A tautological view of fear: I won’t visit to learn about it because it’s too dangerous. I’m afraid of it because I’ve never seen it. I’ve never seen it because it’s too dangerous to visit.
I know right!? And then go on Facebook and tell a dude who had a great vacay that he was wrong! Hahaha fear is definitely the mind killer eh!
Don’t have to take a swim in the N sea to know it’s gonna b cold!
maybe you ought to go there…go ahead..
If Iran is such a wonderful lace why aren’t all the refugees from Syria dashing there so that they are safe. Get real you do gooders the Muslim religion has one aim, RULE THE WORLD!!
How stupid can a person be?!?
I never said Iran was a wonderful lace. They do make lovely carpets though. Oh, and I was talking about a trip to a country, not a religion.
Perhaps in your Muslim wisdom you can try and convince me why I am supposedly stupid?
Apalling human rights record, terror supporter & funder, self proclaimed enemy of the west & you climb into bed with these quranimals like everything’s fluffy!
You should be ashamed of yourself!
I’m not ashamed of myself at all, but thanks.
Well the west did overthrow their elected government in the fifties and install a puppet dictator who ruled for about thirty years; you can see why they wouldn’t much care for western governments, I would have thought.
If you seriously think that is the root of this problem, you lack cognitive skills! Stop appeasing backward bullies by falling for the latest trend in self deprication. We did not cause islam’s attitude toward us!
Of course not. .. we’re fed what they want us to see.
I’d love to visit Iran. …
Jeremy Henderson See for yourself, the internet shows a lot more of the truth than politicians and career vacationers.
How many youth your police kill in cold blood .how many millions bush slaughter in iraq to steal oil
You tell me. How many youth has your police killed? Im also Canadian, Bush wasnt my problem.
Unfortunately I’m not a career vacationer… do you know of any positions vacant in that industry? I’d love to apply. I have to fund my travels with this thing called a job.
The big problem…and I mean BIG problem I have with the Iranians is that they also hang young children. At the last count in 2015, there were at least 70 kids on death row, aged between 11 and 16. While I find the very concept of capital punishment abhorrent, the State murder of children takes cruelty and barbarism to a whole new level…and any nation which sanctions such a practice can under no circumstances lay claim to being civilised.
I dont see them changing that once we start doing billion dollar business deals with them either.
Sadly no, Eric…it’s apparently in their nature.
What gets me is this is the new “moderate” government. Not sure what our government is thinking by lifting sanctions, seems like that should come after Iran improves.
This country is very forward thinking and peaceful the US does not get there way with the government so like Russia they are the bad people the enemy of democracy.
Lovely government. Very forward thinking and peaceful.
nice try propaganda
yes as I said joker
Ah… the irony. lol
Great to hear!! Not dangerous?? Maybe the refugees from Syria can find “forever homes” in this ‘ordinary Muslim country.’
WELL SAID !!!!
Hahaha, yeh i dont think you’ll get many takers for that offer
feel free to go and let us know how that worked out for u Christine and Rodney
Thanks Penny Jones but we’re not worshippers of Islam. No postcard for you.
Christina Stea Maybe you could open your eyes and see that 95% of the refugees (created by the West 😉 ) are already in Muslim countries. You Reap what you Sow.
The West created this? So easy to point fingers rather than cleaning up your own house.
Absolutely, mainly all started shortly after the end of WW2 ;), HISTORY is your friend. The really relevant parts of course go back only two decades when the US and it’s allies started to bomb peace and democracy into the ME.
Hamid Hajilou Europe is a muslim country? Perhaps you are confused, maybe Saudi Arabia should open its borders, after all we buy enough of their oil.
Erik Hammer No Erik, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq amongst other ME countries 😉 currently house several million Western created refugees between them, hope that helps your quest for knowledge.
History…..the past. The dead. Don’t hold a grudge. If you keep looking back , you can never move forward.
Christina Stea Yes very nice 🙂 funny that you like to apply that logic to suit yourselves but keep dragging up every piece of dirt from “their” past 😉 It’s not a grudge by the way, it’s called truth.
Well why not hamid
Oh and not the only cause we are in irag and Afghanistan baloney clock your history and just a by the by where are you presently living
At the end of the day, I am forced to spell it out . Stay in your own countries, keep your hatred there, and fight your own battles.
The majority of the Syrian refugees are Sunni muslims. Iran is mostly Shia muslim.
I must go visit, any nice Gay bars or clubs there?
Oops, I forgot, they put you on the back of a truck, take you to the town square, then hang you. Like they did with a 19 and 20 yo, for being SUSPECTED of being gay.
Oh dear! Don’t go there if you are gay then.
I don’t plan to, but then the entire Middle East is a cesspool of murderous homophobia, that’s why I refuse to fly Emirates, Quatar, or any other Arab controlled airline.
You got a point there! I have never flown those airlines anyway and don’t have plans to do so. I use Iberia.
Good for you, stay away from those 3, you’re just supporting their murderous masters.
For me it’s Qantas, Thai, Singapore. 🙂
Tom van der Leelie It is very clear that you have never been anywhere near the middle east. lol.
Peninsularity Ensues you are correct, I haven’t, and never ever will, a very dear friend was beaten up by police in Dubai, he is a somewhat flamboyant Gay guy, and was enjoying himself, laughing and just being himself, nothing that would be given a 2nd look in the west.
He was seen by 2 brutes, (police), dragged into the car, taken to the station.
He was released 6 hours later, bruised and bloodied.
So, yes, I will avoid the countries and their airlines, Specially Emirates.
My choice, my decision.
I’m sorry to hear about your friend Tom, that seems unusual to me. There are a great number of gay people in Dubai, as all over. Several of my friends and colleagues are gay here in neighbouring Oman, and they feel very safe here. It was one of these friends actually who gave me the idea to travel to Iran, after he enjoyed his trip there.
Thank you for your kind thoughts.
But the damage is done unfortunately, he’s very reluctant to travel anywhere except within Australia. Such a shame.
As for me, I love Asia, specially Thailand and love to fly with Thai Airways, which I also use for travel to Europe. And they serve real bacon for breakfast. Haha
I’m a Qantas Gold FF, and will use them to the US, and within Australia.
But will not fly Emirates. 🙂
Nice to talk to you, at least we kept it civilised. Haha
I have never heard such a load of bollocks they are rapists child abusers they inbreed with family members and have very deformed babies They disrespect other religions the list goes on and I can’t be arsed to reply to this bull shit
You just were arsed to reply to this bullshit Janet… and well done. lol
Bye the way I am referring to the MUSLIMS
So now the Middle-East is a haven for homosexuals.
David Williams Seriously?
Who in there right mind would go on vacation to any part of this world ???
If you do… Don’t call home for help when things go sideways!
It’s people like you who have no idea about the actual facts of this part of the world that perpetuate the lies and propaganda. Is Turkey OK in your eyes? How about Uzbekistan?
Thanks for your input, but I have served in that part of the wold!
But it’s people like you who would continue to go there end up in trouble then cry that your country is not doing enough for you!
The answer to that is many people… just not you or the people you know Norm
Ah, you’re a military man Norm Swift. Well, thank you for your protection, but I’ve traveled in Iran, North Korea, Serbia, Bosnia… actually none of those places were as dangerous as the streets of Marrakech, Manila or Phnom Penh. They were all fun too though. With any luck, for all our sakes, your station in life will become redundant soon enough. Slim chances I know… and that’s nothing against you mate… I’m just talking about the machine.
Norm Swift you haven’t served, you were part of an illegal war that devastated the country. The only thing you served was death and destruction to largely innocent people.
Not fair. People like Norm join up in the expectation that they’ll be deployed where they’re needed and in a legal fashion; they’re also required to obey lawful orders. The men who actually fought in Iraq aren’t responsible for Bush and Blair bullshitting 50 other countries into supporting the invasion or sending 35 reports back to Langley to be rewritten, nor are they responsible for the failure of senior commanders (primarily in obedience to political directives) to properly plan the occupation.
Well PE… I am guessing you were not in Bosnia or Serbia during the War in the early 90’s!
Not the same place today as it was back then!
Have any of you people ever served in the army, or more to the fact the Infantry?
Jonathan Bennison Norm is Canadian. I am not aware that they have been part of any “illegal” war. Care you explain your reasoning please and which “illegal” war you are referring to?
Afghanistan was legitimate, in my opinion. Canada never deployed to Iraq.
You’re right Norm, I wasn’t in Serbia or Bosnia during the war. My wife was though. She’s a Serb.
So was I.
Paul J. Jones my mistake then. But America has bombed the fuck out of everywhere illegally for years now.
John Sayle most people join the army to shoot some ‘rag heads’ these days. Let’s not pretend they are all humanitarian ambassador’s.
As a fellow Canadian, thank u for your service Norm Swift!
what a bunch of pious cunts talking down to a military man
Well we all have opinions… Guess who has given you this right and opportunity? Sure as hell was not politicians!!!
Heaven forbid someone disagrees with a member of the western millitary. After all, they are known to critically evaluate the actions of theyre government. #willinglybrainwashed
Norm Swift thanks for your comments and for your service… Some people will never be able to see unfortunately..
It’s such a damn shame that most westerners will never get to experience the middle east and all her countries has to offer….and NO the Emirates don’t count!
Yeah, they told me, Its a best place for gays TO visit!
I was there in ’97 and I must say, it was one rewarding experience. People are the most friendly and I have 3 rugs to remind me of that trip that was 5 weeks long!
Wippee woo, you should put that rug down for ISIS then, so they can wipe all there feet, and tread on it, like they intend to do with us, I just hope youve woke up now 3 weeks from when you made that comment, or will it take a few more Airports etc, to realise they dont come in peace !
Keep spreading the love Carol
Learn some English while you’re at it, darlin’
A fucking rug,,,tell Ali baba to sit on it,,, with all his friends and fuck off back to the world they live,,, on your magic rug,,, unbelievable
Look at the sheep kissing that islamic ass
Try studying whats going on in islamic countries, maybe even some history
There is a ring of death around islam
And now your liberal/nazi/islamic government wants to let child groomers into our kids washrooms
Ps zal is nothing more then a muslim troll account
I find the comments rather unkind to the people of Iran. For people who’ve not been there and observe first hand, they’re the most who’re the more critical. Generally, they the most Westernized among the Islamic people and if one has a sizeable Persian community in your neighborhood, the diaspora Iranians exhibit this quality – women are unveiled and they even have a Persian church! Try visiting North Van, Adam.
Tell that to the hikers who end up in Iranian prisons.
Would love to go to Iran! Such a fascinating and ancient culture. It seems wherever you go – people are just people. If they’re let be.
That’s just it Neil Hayes, they just don’t want too let us be,
So why do millions of muslim refugees and migrants head for Europe when they could go here
Easy it’s the handouts, head to anywhere in the Middle East and these freeloaders would be found out. How about a bill and ben tour to Iran ??? cheap fuel and no added ethanol 😄😄
Er, Iran has millions of refugees?
Certainly got some Afghans
They can’t go to Iran Ben, nor can they go to the Gulf states, like Saudi, UAE, Oman, Qatar… the refugees can however go to Europe, so they do.
Id like to see ‘a Gazan vacation’!
Haha, that’s a whole different ballgame.
Def a visit needed here!!
An inspiring post, after seeing all the negative surrounding us , This is fresh air.
Thanks Wally! It’s a pity more people can’t get away from their TVs long enough to see the world for what it really is.
Yes amazing just don’t be a young girl who gets raped then hung for it.
If it’s so good why don’t the Iraqi Syrian & afghan refugees go there ?
It’s a bit more complicated than that Chris.
Yeah an invasion of Europe! Hundred years from now Europe will be Muslim God help us all!
As a nor,al person..i have to ask why not…they are muslim…middle eastern, so much closer to those cultures than that of europe…
Peninsularity Ensues why can’t they go there? They’re all Muslims. All Arabs. Why should they come here when their own cant look after them?
Paul Crisp you have no idea about the politics of the middle east so I’d refrain from airing your opinions if I was you.
The reason, Lynn, is that they not refugees. It’s an organised invasion of Europe. They failed every time they tried militarily so this time they’re using Europeans compassion against them.
They can’t go there.
Jonathan Bennison what politics are those? That the “moderate” government of Iran is no better than the scum that refugees are running from? Maybe they could use their new missiles to spread human rights eh?
Thanks for answering that one from Paul Crisp, Jonathan Bennison
Actually, the Gulf States have accepted far more refugees than Europe.
Because no other Islamic country will take them. Huh. Didn’t really answer the question. Just merely raised more questions. And now Europe went soft and took them in, they are hell bent on turning it into the shitholes they ran from. Sorry, but I am not an Ostrich and my head is not in the sand. I will call it as I see it, and no amount of Naive PC bull crap will change that. Islam is a scourge, and we cannot ignore it. Stop it now!
Car bomb Berlin this morning- it’s getting worse & worse
Iranians are not Arabs, clearly chatting rubbish about something you people know nothing about. In fact Arabs make up less that 10% of the Iranian population.
Rocco, not everyone from the “middle east” is muslim!!!
Neil Roberts your assuming we even care about calling them by there correct name – u gives a fuck if they’re not Arabs ?
These people r all the same to most of us – medieval fuckers with a screw loose
Iran took lots of Kurdish refugees in 1991 during the time of Saddam’s “Anfall” campaign of genocide.
Paul Crisp Iranians aren’t Arabs. They don’t even share a language.
Fuck up Jonathan Bennison .. they’re not opinions. They’re valid questions. Not everyone on the planet is as well versed as you obviously are with middle eastern geopolitics !!
Fucking hate all these back water hole unwashed cretins coming 2 my country sooner we get out of the eu the better we will b
Because most refugees are Sunni . Iran wouldn’t like that.
The war is towards the east and the south . You need to walk through a big fucking conflict zone to reach iran.
But the west is occupied by another bunch of European immigrants (Israel). So they head north to Europe. Where once upon a time you was all savages and barbarians. So hopefully in time they will adopt to civilisation.
Who are the savages and barbarians now?
Erik Hammer I didn’t say it was.
Damo Saundo fuck up? An opinion isn’t valid unless it’s actually validated by fact! It’s just wrong to air opinions on a crisis like this without knowing the facts.
Israelis are not Europeans..
Semitic race.. As are Arabs..
Sons of Abraham..
This is fantastic
Friends of ours went there in 2000 on their across land to Australia. They couldn’t speak highly enough of the country or the people they encountered. It was by far their favourite country
Don’t be so foolish!!!!!
Not surprised everything is ok, they are living under their own law which does not pussyfoot around like our do -good judges. You step out of line over there and you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. Take off your rose tinted glasses.
I hope you did not criticize the government or Islam while you were there. Oh of course you didnt, your still alive.
Dont talk about wath u dont know lets talk about wath the facts r go to your future president the clown thrump and hold a sign or wear a shirt or hijab and see the treatment u will get .oh thats usa equality and democracy .
Dont visit America much.
Fizul Aberdeen I thought the thread was expounding the wonderful qualities of Iranian culture, why mention America. Oh I forgot Islam always destroys a countries historic culture as part of its own culture. So it must be the same as any other Islamic country.
Why would I do that Keith?
Of course people are people everywhere. The problem with Iran is not its people, but its rejime run by mullahs who support terrorist groups like the Hizbullah, want to control Lebanon, Irak, Syria and Yemen, execute journalists, gays and women that do not conform to an extreme form of Islam. This article ignores all that and therefore is not an accurate description of Iran.
I agree with u but usa is the one who support terrorist when it suits their interest usa invade and kill one million innocent in iraq for no reason they create the mess in Libya and Syria they attack any countries that dont blow them
I agree that attacking and destroying Irak was a huge mistake. Most Americans today recognize that. But Syria’s problems were caused by many factors. It’s quite a bit more complex than blaming just the Americans.
I appreciate your point Maurice, but my article was not an attempted political analysis. I’m just a travel writer.
…and a courageous traveler! ..:)
Iranians in Iran are some of the nicest people on earth. Peninsularity is safer there then in the States.
They were fighting in these countries HUNDREDS of years before the USA and Isreal even EXISTED and they will probably be fighting hundreds of years after the USA is gone! Almost ALL dictatorships end up fighting because they are run by IDIOTS! Bush is a Nazi and Obama is a Muslim and that is the reason the USA gets involved with all this bullshit!
Iran is the safest country in the middle east. And the most educated one. You never hear anything happening in Iran. The government does not represent the people. Iran has never attacked any country, always defended their interest in the region. If Iran hadn’t helped lebanon or syria it would have been under the occupation of Israel and its allies. If USA can protect the interest of its allies, than Iran can too. Hizbollah was elected by the people of lebanon, regardless of where the funding comes from. Iran is a beautiful country and you should all come and visit.
Cheers Hope Squared… it’s very safe here too in Oman by the way.
Very biased article if you are “just a travel writer”
Travel writers write what they see and experience Katherine.
Exactly…. I hear Columbia is beautiful too with great people – still NEVER gonna fucking visit it !!!
Damo Saundo I was in Colombia for 2 weeks just before Christmas. Amazing place! Friendly, cheap, beautiful women, great party etc…why would you never go?
Wow expert in few days in Iran……,,
Where did I mention that I’m an expert on Iran? I gather you have spent much more time there than me. I’d be happy to hear your experiences of the place Kaden.
Where did I mention that I’m an expert on Iran? I gather you have spent much more time there than me. I’d be happy to hear your experiences of the place Kaden.
Maybe he should have spoken to members of the LGBT community to get a fuller picture or indeed Bah’ai and Jews. I once had a holiday like that in Communist East Germany (GDR) with no sense of the political and totalitarian reality, such is Iran.
My American friend here, who happens to be gay, enjoyed his trip to Iran very much. It was he who got me interested in going to have a look for myself.
Great article. I felt the same way when I was in the Middle East. Don’t believe everything you hear. Go see for yourself
Better still just stay here now 3 wks on from your comments, oh I hope you’ve woke up now, or do you need more bombings rapes etc to realise, they want to irradicate all Christians
Sposed to say innialate !
Media paints & exagerates as per instructed by government (is my personal opinion & thoughts). ie Swine Flu. Few years back. Painted Mexico as terrible place to visit, airlines even cancelled flights. Yet speaking to friends living there. It big exaggeration. Coincidently US wasn’t happy over a deal at time. So ‘we’ll show you, & shut you down with stopping tourist from coming’
Yeah like I’d spend over a grand visiting a country still in the dark ages run by religious psychopaths. Dream on
Flights, accommodation and food for four nights was about 220 quid Peter. It’s extremely cheap there… and it’s in my neighbourhood. I feel sad for people who won’t even say hi to the neighbours.
Stay away from the US then, Peter
Check your luggage for cameras and mics
This country has and continues to sponsor terrorists across the world and you think is an OK country!
How innocent and naive you must be to the world and its evil.
May be they do but america support terrorist all the time when it served their interest . The biggest terrorist is the devil bush who fabricate lies to invade iraq kill over one million to steal oil .but its ok its usa
The Hussain regime killed more than the western world did and had intentions on doing so much more, they used Sarin gas, Mustard Gas and nerve agents on the Kurdish and other people in their nation.
All those weapons are weapons of mass destruction to human beings and no doubt he would have continued to kill people with these weapons if allowed.
The evil in that country is the lack of civilised behaviour towards each other and their own people, that spilt over to the west which then responded .
I gather you shelter from the world and its evil by staying at home and believing what they tell you. I could be wrong of course. I enjoy traveling though, and have somehow managed to travel through five continents without being killed.
…and one more time, I was not talking about the “country”. I was talking about the Iranian people.
The top tv show in Tehran is Strictly no Dancing
Hm? but how is it for female travelers?
That’s not something I’m qualified to answer Tracey Stoughton, but I hope this helps… http://www.heartmybackpack.com/heart/backpacking-solo-through-iran/
Yes countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia are very safe cause they are fascist dictatorships! You did not show any pictures of groups of women left unescorted. Where are they!
You are thinking of Saudi Arabia Jay. Iranian women do not need to be escorted by male guardians. In the middle east it is not appropriate to photograph people without their permission however, and it would not be appropriate for me to approach a group of women in the street.
I know that in Iran women do not need male guardians and that is why I was asking about pictures of groups of women left unescorted. The fact that you cannot approach a group women on the street shows that these countries are dictatorships that seek to do ONE THING and that is to control women! Of course thay have a bunch of excuses but I think it boils down to these men are mentally defective! I have read books about women from the west marrying one of these clowns and it is a NIGHTMARE!
You are thinking of Saudi Arabia Jay. Iranian women do not need to travel with male guardians. In the middle east however it is inappropriate (if not illegal) to photograph people without their consent, and it would also be inappropriate for me to approach a group of women on the street.
Who are we to say that what their society (that is centuries older than ours, by the way) does is right or wrong?? Does our society have it all figured out perfectly?? Does a strange male approaching women in the street ALWAYS go perfectly well here in the west?? A lot of the problems we have in our society wouldn’t exist or would be severely lessened if we lived more like some of these other societies. It is when one tries to force their ways upon the other that things get ugly.
Dectatorship bought and paid for by the west to prevent the people of those countries having a say about what happens to their natural resources.
As soon as I point out that these countries are dictatorships and/or idiots fighting endless wars and doing other stuoid shit people say “blame the west!” The stone cold fact is those idiots have been fighting in the Middle East HUNDREDS OF YEARS before the “west” even existed! They are going to have to come up with a better excuse! The saying “I am Satan. Friends call me Allah!” comes to mind!
Very interesting post. Thanks!
I notice there are no women in the photo. I have had friends who have been torchered by the government
I’m sorry but this article is basically complete bollocks!!!!
I’m sorry if your experience in Iran was less agreeable than mine Jon.
I’d love to go to Iran for your information. Tell me, your name?
My ex is Iranian and won’t take our girls there, so I’m going to trust his judgement.
Is that where they inflict pain or cut their kids foreheads with knives and start hitting themselves
William Lakin what do you have to say about this whole thing then?
Actually I had friends of mine return from there, they said the same thing, they totally felt safe.
All I wanna know is, what is the fellas name that went to Iran and wrote this article and wondered if he was a practising Muslim or not?
But he isn’t letting me know, it seems!
Thanks Jon. I’m just a traveler mate, and I just write what I see. The middle east has a lot of problems, but to be honest, most of it is very safe to live and travel in. I’ve been in a lot sketchier places than Iran, but they were worth the effort too.
Jon Wiltsie Haha, I just read this, sorry. I’m Australian… and no, I’m not a Muslim. I’m a traveler Jon.
My name is Stu
All Islamic countries are a no go zone in my book, especially now. The only safe place is Israel and true democracy where Israeli Arabs live and work but bite the hands that feeds them.
Fare enough Stu. I take my hat off to you
Some times the rougher the place, the better it can be. Iran was once a great prosperous nation as Persia! I’d like to see it one day.
Well worth a trip mate, if you’re in the area. I never thought I would live in the middle east, but life takes us in weird directions sometimes, and I think it’s good to check out the neighbourhood, wherever you are 😉
…and you’re right mate. The rough towns can be the most fun sometimes… as long as you show respect and stay self-aware.
Very true mate, I totally agree and apologise for my initial doubt of ur post.
Northern Ireland is generally safe too only they haven’t cut a nuclear deal with Iran and wish death upon Jews America and Eurpoe.. Oh wait didn’t the IRA get funds from Libya … Or Iran.. Oh well who cares same thing really Islamic State all the same. Nice try.
Jon Wiltsie No worries mate, cheers!
Nancy Mulligan Um… what? I was just doing a bit of travel writing Nancy. I talked to the people, not the government. There’s a very big difference.
Didn’t see any syrian refugees there did you? Oh silly me, of course you didn’t. Iran doesn’t accept them.
Any country is a reflection of you act when in it. I’ve been all over the world inc some really “troubled” places. Never had an issue, in fact those places have the very best people. Open your mind
There are towns in SyrIa that function like this
Nancy, is it worth my pointing out that Terhan actually has a substantial and thriving Jewish community, or that Iran has forces deployed to fight against ISIS? Or even that Hezbollah is currently fighting ISIS…? They’re not all the same, they have different motivations and frequently hate each other far more than they hate us; the last Iranian president got voted out largely because he took such harsh stances and the people were sick of it. Learn a little rather than making blanket generalisations; they’re very rarely accurate.
I’d love to go, I’d love to ride my motorbike there and travel around, many many adventure bikers have done it, including lone females on bikes, all said the same…. Totally safe country and so polite and welcoming. http://www.loisontheloose.com/my-adventures/iran/
Did you notice any gay people there? Were you able to have a beer there?
There are gay people everywhere Tom… but of course not all cultures have pride parades. Similarly, alcohol use (and abuse) is reportedly wide-spread in Iran, though there are no bars. All alcohol is obtained on the black market.
My mate from iran says I should go because I’d love it… I trust him over what the media portray
Iran is one of the last nations in the world refusing to allow the world banks in… that is why they are being portrayed as the enemy. Nothing to do with their people.
Nancy also forgets that a large swathe of IRA funding came from groups in the good old US of A..
Nancy Mulligan you must be living on another planet love
Don’t be a Nancy.
My dear friend life is always great for a tourist, you wouldn’t know any different.iran is much safer place to go,compare to others.
Nancy Mulligan http://youtu.be/WAedpBjg3hk
For your information
It’s not the people of Iran, but their evil leaders that’s to blame. Very different experience as a tourist than being a gay or opposition to there regime. I get your point, but………
Id choose to go to Iran over usa anyday for a break
Nancy Mulligan nancy you absolute moron. Pick up a dictionary and google some international laws. Look up the 1948 Nakhba also known as ethnic cleansing of the palestinians. Look up the legal definition of illegal occupation and blockade which is what the world has agreed is happening to gaza. Learn what fucking democracy means you twat. Gazans cannot vote, have no freedom of movement in or out, little access to medication, Israel has bombed UN safe houses, palestinians cannot own property in most parts of Israel, Israel has the highest rates of minors in jail which is a crime against the rights of a child and israel practices extra judicial killings of unarmed civilians in the street. Shut up, sit down and get educated
It’s the last place on earth a would want to go to that and Syria
Hahahaha this is the same country that jailed its people for mimimg to the song ” cos i”m happy” ?? Benjamin Warren Toward?? Tolerant and open eh??😂😂😂😂😂
Unreal. More candidates for being hostages on here. Ah well stupid is as stupid does.
Desiree Sara Mousavi whilst not commenting on either view, it would be nice if you were educated enough to express yourself without personal insults and swear words
Nancy Mulligan But a book portraying a relationship between a Jew and a Muslim is banned from the syllabus…. (True about the level of democracy but some work still needs to be done).
John Sayle the Jewish community has dropped 90% in 30 years hardly thriving
Tom Hardiman i was offered Vodka there and the guy whose truck i was driving and was mechanic for had been offered hookers in Tehran.
I am afraid that if you think Iran or any Muslim country is safe then your deluded , they are OK to your face and while you spending money , but behind your back they hate you and would kill and rob and rape you in an instant ,they are and extreme people that was born and brainwashed ,if all of a sudden something stirred up the westerners in their country would be the first they would blame and target ,I wouldn’t trust going or taking my family to those extreme religious countries
Big loads of horseshit article!! The author was trying to hard! BS
It’s probably safer in Iran than Europe just now
Wayne Linley, I never said the government are not evil tyrants. Just the people generally seem ok. I would rather them be happy and stay safely in Iran. We certainly don’t want to see them bombed then driven out by a dirty war only to come to our country and attack us… leave the muslims in alone and let them do their thjng in their lands as long as it does not effect us.
I’d dearly love to go to Iran and I’ve met a number of Iranians (incidentally all lovely, warm hearted people) who’ve recommended it wholeheartedly.
However, I have the curse/blessing that is the British passport which means you’re very welcome in many western countries but viewed with suspicion in others.
Maybe one day….!
Neil Edwards a bit of an arse about face comment, going by what you said then you must have been dishing out your rooms to refugees, as surely you can’t be as bad as the people you are slagging off, surely not. Twat
Jon Wiltsie, thought the same thing straight away, they think every ones an idiot !
Governments want wars not the ppl that live there unless they have been brain washed by propaganda that all governments use to get there wars stop believing what the BBC tells you and actually go and talk to these ppl ! You’ll be surprised that a large number of these so called troubled areas want peace example the Germans and the allies in ww2 at Christmas stopped fighting and had a football game and swapped gifts against there leaders orders ! And also north Korea yes while in north Korea the ppl say death to the west ( because they are forced to ) when they finally escape from there they actually have no hatred for the west !
gazzans can vote what the fuck you on about Desiree Sara Mousavi thay voted hamazz as government of West Bank Twat
Nancy Mulligan they have a democracy on stolen land. It’s fantastic. I wonder how you would feel if the same happened to you.
Nancy Mulligan Northern Ireland isn’t an islamic state 🙂
Peninsularity Ensues I think sometimes the prejudice and fears of people speak before their experience. No one should listen to the propaganda of one government to another. They all lie for power
Desiree Sara Mousavi dont you ever get sick of sucking muslim cock you scum cunt.
Nancy Mulligan Israel is a Fascist Nazi type Regime, if you are not a Jew and you live in the Stolen Land . OOOPs sorry meant Occupied Lands. Then your Land will be taken from you and more than likly Murdered.
Yes there is! It’s the Government who is determined to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
Nancy Mulligan why the fuck does an arab hating, racist, fascist, Zionazi have to show up on every thread where arabs are mentioned?
A lot of Retards here are living in FEAR…😂😂😂😂😂😂😂The Brainwashing have worked with their Little brains😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Rob Curtis – you say all Muslim countries are extremist yet have a pro Kurdish avatar.
I take it you do know they are Muslim as is Kurdistan?
Ignorance beyond belief.
Nancy Mulligan I would call bullshit on that one
Nancy Mulligan – are you crazy? Israel? A country where Christians are persecuted; which sent a death squad to Britain to murder a cartoonist because he’d offended the ruling regime; with unregulated nuclear weapons; where the PM tells us Hitler wasn’t responsible for the Holocaust while his government ministers threaten the Palestinians with a second one (and where the IDF, world leaders in the use of human shields, tell Palestinian villagers that they will all be gassed to death). A country whose religious leaders demand the expulsion of all non-Jews, and declare that it is perfectly acceptable for Jews to kill non-Jews. Sounds attractive, at least if you wanted to go to North Korea but couldn’t get a flight.
And you would know because????
Nancy Mulligan the redtop reader
Nancy Mulligan there is a thriving jewish community in iran stupid
John Sayle you cant educate pork john
Neil Edwards foolish foolish boy
Nancy Mulligan 😂😂😂 you are by far the most uneducated person on here
Rob Curtis Doesn’t sound like you’re speaking with any actual experiences of your own?
I expect the gays keep their private lives private, just as they do in most of the world. Do you imagine there are none in Iran? As for beer, evidently not a problem. http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2005/07/hitchens-200507
Actually the IRA was mainly funded by supporters in the USA. Nice try though.
Israel has the most censored media outside North Korea and the worst human rights record of any regime on the planet.
If you read all his comments John no longer has a problem with the article. So actually it’s just you we all think are an idiot, and moreover an idiot who can’t read.
Chris Stockley and when was the last time gazzans voted 8years or so it’s not a democracy its run by the jackboots of bigoted religious zealots
Great article, I am afraid of all the laws the government is trying to pass ” in order to protect me” too.
These are indeed worrying times Milan, but not for the reasons we are constantly being told.
O they are, the nwo is riding islam
Rape victims stoned to death – alleged homosexuals hanged from cranes_ young people arrested for dancing to Pharell Williams. Yeah sounds like a great place to bring the family- NOT!
Where’s the attraction in visiting Iran to a liberal westerner like me? It would be like someone from North Korea Saudi Arabia or Russia saying their country is a swell place to drop in on.
History, people, culture? Don’t be so narrowminded
Clearly there is no attraction for you Peter. I don’t know what kind of liberal westerner you are. Personally, as a liberal westerner, the attraction for me is to experience life. I have been to North Korea (that was an eye-opener), and haven’t been to Russia yet, but I will.
You probably wouldn’t like it. There’s no McDonalds or Burger Kings there 😂
I can’t imagine those hanging from a crane jib would agree.
Bomb the shit hole
On what basis Jimmy?
Before they become a nuclear power and bomb us or Israel
I take it your a Muslim
I spent time in Iran in the 70s I found it to be beautiful and the people friendly and kind .
Ha ha ha…. A couple of days ago some dumb bitch decided she was going to hitch hike through the middle east to show Islam was peaceful… Day 2 she was raped and murdered, honestly this makes me happy I feel its evolution killing dumb cunts!
Seriously guys Iran is a fuckin mint travel destination
Yeah exactly. No more Islam countries for me. They can stick their evil political caliphate invasion agenda up their sphincter muscle.
Wait til Amerika bombs the peace out of it…
Exactly as it was here in Northern Ireland during the troubles, government and media lying their arses off as usual.
Citizens of the west are fed lies repeatedly to make you hate these countries.
Oh? So its a lie that people are hung for being gay? Please, tell us what the truth is.
Every countries have their own laws . In usa the police kill hundreds of unarmed blacks every year .the white supremacist and kkk preach hate against people of colour but thats ok not because the west allowed man to marry man and adopt kids every country have to follow
Shit hole,,,must b cracked up to go there,,,
Have you noticed Wayne that 100% the negativity here is from all the people who have never been there? Conversely, nothing negative has been said by anyone who has been there, or known Iranian people. Hmmmm.
Four women were just murdered by the Iranian state. They also are second in the world for sex change operations as it’s considered a cure for homosexuality and it’s either that or death. Such nice “laws” there why just vacation and not go to live there permanently ?
What “laws” did I mention at all, Wayne Kirby?
It would be a good idea to mention laws that lead to people being murdered. I know most muslims don’t abide by our law’s but it does not work in their countries for travellers to ignore their laws.
So, people from different religions are exempt from your laws Wayne? Where do you live?
England where over one million British children have been raped and abused by muslim grooming gangs so far and counting. They do not have the same morals as the nine year young incest law passed in turkey shows.
Don’t you think that gay travellers have a right to know which countries murder them for being gay as an example.
One million children so far? Things look very bad in your country. I mean… oh… it would be better for you to move to one of the more stable countries in Africa maybe Wayne Kirby
See now that is the attitude I am writing about. No care in the world fo others suffering as long as your own ego is massaged. You put others as a higher priority than some, why is it that you don’t see all the abuses as despicable instead of what african muslims mainly are doing to young girls there.
well Wayne, um.. what? African Muslims? Who is talking about Africans?
Wow, you really are not very bright.
You try and insult me using Africa as an example then try and say who mentioned Africa when you get burned.
Wayne Kirby… are you talking about the refugees? Is that what you’re worried about? The Muslims? …um… wait… do you know something I don’t?
I know a lot of things that you don’t. That is quite clear.
Yes… I’m very burnt. So Wayne, what are you talking about exactly?
Still not answered the gay traveller question I posed to you either.
Would you care to actually say what some of those are?
Look mate… no worries.
Wayne Kirby, don’t worry mate. My gay colleague from America (the big enemy) had a great time during his two weeks in Iran.
I don’t worry. I just think people should be informed of the dangers as well as the niceties. Obama is not pushing for transgender people because he is tolerant of gays but because he believes it can be cured the iranian way. I think people should know the whole truth before travelling to a sharia dictatorship.
Turkey just passed an incest sharia compliant law in line with the nine year young rule of muhammad.
That means over 70 million incestuous turks are joining the eu and will be allowed to roam free amongst our children..
Wow Wayne, you have issues. lol. Obama? What the hell are you talking about? Have you ever been outside the States?
God your ignorant.
So your gay “friend” believes that they can be cured too do they or are they happy being gay.
Wayne Kirby there are only 53 million people in england!!! Your made up numbers make absolutely no sense. Do you think were all stupid? Thats 2 percent of the whole country….
Turkeys population is only 73 million. Again youre completely making up numbers.
Damn Einstein you can’t even read properly. I wrote ” over 70 million incestuous turks” You just wrote there are 73 million, so…
Wayne Kirby so every single turk would have to be involved. You are an idiot. Oh feel free to respond to the comment regarding england having 53 million population. Your numbers are complete bs and impossible.
Wayne Kirby your number of 70 plus million joining the eu would also mean every single person would have to leave turkey. You are an idiot but feel free to explain how a country will be left completely empty….
Theres not even enough people in england in that age group to make your numbers possible. But looking forward to your explanation.
So there are not even one million girls out of the 27 million females in England then Leonardo. Sharia law does not even register in your tiny mind does it.
After the age of nine years young if a girl protests being raped by her father she will be hung. She has to approve and follow the law or die. So the answer is still the same, over 70 million incestuous turks. You are really clutching at straws now,who said they would all leave, they will be free to roam where they please in europe.
Wayne Kirby you said they will leave. You said 70 turks will enter the eu. Maybe you should think before posting.
Haha what a ponce you are. Tell you what copy paste where I have said anything other than being allowed to roam free you muppet.
Oh and no 70 million plus people don’t leave turkey when they join the eu you total spastic. Just like “53” million British people don’t leave Great Britain when we vote out of the eu. What a plank.
Rouhanii stated only two werks ago that the Fatwa on Salman Rushdi is still in force. So this supposedly normal nation thinks it has the right to kill foreign writers. I’m all for letting them wipe out IS, but don’t try to kid us that they are the good guys.
I’m not trying to kid you on anything Mike… and for about the fiftieth time, a people and their government are not the same thing.
Did you see any lashinging or public beheadings ?
Were you staying with Assad then ??
Looks like you are trying to entice more potential hostages for the iranians to use as leverage
Ouch, Wayne Linley, oh, ya got me! lol
I know. The iranians can REALLY be trusted to observe international law. As any diplomatic compound co-ordinator
Keep on being that cog mate. It’s all good.
Walk through Tehran carrying a bible, wearing a T-Shirt with a big “I love ISRAEL”, then report your experience please.( if you survive! )
Why would you do that? Idiot.
I am making a point. Sorry you didn’t have the intelligence to figure it out.
I’m with Jonathan on this one Brian. What exactly was the point you were trying to make? Sounds like a pretty dumb idea to me.
Do that in parts of (fill in North American city)
Do that in some British towns as well…………LOL
Try walking through parts of Glasgow with a t-shirt saying ‘I love the Pope.’ Comment when you get out of hospital.
In Britain or the U.S., you still have a good chance of keeping your head. You know….laws, police, courts and such. Second Amendment even. Try it in any Muslim country and calculate the odds…lol
Off you go visit then Shaun
Great article, I wish to visit one day, I was always suspicious of the warnings about travelling in Iran, not impressed with the ruling regime, but the people I know who live there are amazing!
Horseshit, try telling Raif Badawi how wonderful Iran is
Raif Badawi was convicted and sentenced in Saudi Arabia! You know, that big Arab country who are fighting multiple proxy wars against Iran and are the primary source of funding for AQ and ISIS…?
Okay my confusion. This doesn’t change Iran’s shitty human rights record
I’ve been telling people that for years
Fro the most part don’t listen to the government travel advisory’s They wouldn’t have you leaving your homes. Worse still they are mostly politically motivated.
They want us to be afraid David Hodgson. It keeps us under control. 😉
Pen your an idiot
Your a joke talking about saudi women on your page having rights
Hahahaaa saudi women have rights? 😂 Hahahaaa good one
Look he went to york, the muslim school that breeds hatred
Ad homonym Bullshit! If half you people got your head out of your ass and took chance in life you would find that the world has much more to offer than propaganda, either Western or Eastern.
Although I don’t see any females shopping which is bizarre, just young men.
Don’t bother yourself thinking about blood on the hands of the leaders , incarcerated American citizen and Iranian people , lack of freedom of speech , radical Islam , official declaration to destroy israel . ( how do you think they intend to do that if not by killing millions of Jewish people ?! But of course , why would you care : no one attempted to kill you personally , so just be grateful for that .
A breath of fresh air rather than hatred and scare stories
Flown over Tehran on a Bangkok -Heathrow Eva airlines flight. Passed just to the south of city,-a fantastic view at 39 k feet -very high mountains behind snow covered !!.
Maybe u should go to irac or syria . How bout europe lol. R u a friend of trudeau heheh
How are those missile tests going? Im sure they are just to spread human rights justice.
Why is this a sponsored post popping up on my newsfeed?
I’ve heard this about Iran recently
Do everybody a favour and move there. Please. Don’t forget to take your bible.
Strange thing to say Dave. lol… I don’t have a bible by the way, or a Quran.
I’m not religious.
There are many Christians in Iran, protected by law and represented as a community in the Majlis (parliament). Also the second-largest population of Jews in the Middle East, after Israel.
Wow amazing number of negative comments from the sheeple , haven’t been to Iran , but had the immense pleasure of working with an Iranian engineer here in Australia , he was the nicest and smartest person you could meet.
I lived there in the ’70s, before, during and six months after Khomeini returned. Religious extremism has poisoned the place. It is without doubt, a physically beautiful country, with a rich cultural history. As in any country, there are wonderful people, many of whom are now living in exile, as Iran is ruled by religious fanatics. I would not consider returning.
I understand Marilyn Aslani. I’m from one of the “lucky” countries, but I also will probably not return. I only write about my experiences. I’m not a political analyst. I’m just a traveler who writes what I see. I saw that the Iranian people are educated and hospitable. Around the world, the government and the people are not the same thing.
Exactly. Religious extremism distorts so much. The Christian far right in America paints an equally distasteful picture. How different our beautiful world would be, without religious hatred.
Well said Marilyn Aslani
‘Death to America death to England’ you bunch of sadistic hypocrites. Go to hell
What a hornets nest you have kicked.
I agree with you. There are certain countries I feel perfectly at ease in and others which are intimidating.
An Iranian friend says he will never go back, whilst the Ayatollahs are in power. At the same time he says that Persia is a beautiful country.
I would love to go, unfortunately because of my job, there are certain countries I can’t. Iran is one of those countries.
Whilst, some say it is supporting the regime, by accepting it and visiting the country, I would say that the other side of the coin is that you are giving the people of that country an opportunity to see that we westerners are not the “Devil”. That we are just ordinary people who want to get on with life and enjoy it. We are the same as them, just a different religion, being bullshitted to in the same way by our respective governments.
When I was in Argentina 12 years ago I met an
When I was in Argentina 12 years ago I met a middle aged American couple who had been to Iran twice in the previous two years and loved it. They felt safe and never felt restricted or harassed by anyone during their stay. This couple were back packers who stayed in hostels.
Did you visit the prisons?
No Alec, I didn’t. Is that what you usually do on your holidays? Visit prisons?
If its so good why arnt all these millions of “””” so called refugees heading there ,??? You know why and so do I !!!!
No you don’t… obviously. They can’t go there. They can go to Europe though.
What? Joe Drachenberg… do you?
Most of the refugees are probably Sunni rather than Shi’ite or Alawites; I doubt Iran would even occur to most of them as a destination. There’s also the fact that most of the refugees are running from Assad’s forces rather than ISIS, and Iran is allied with Assad.
You clearly know nothing, proven by your statement.
They don’t go there because they probably won’t get all the handouts the west give
Iran does has millions of refugees from Afghanistan.
Iran also does not bomb other countries, which creates refugees.
It is never the general populace that is the threat, small gangs such as governments and fraction groups, create fear and paranoia yet these people do exist!! It is the minority that are unlucky!!
I’d never go as long as the Ayatollah and the Revolutionary Guard is in control of things. Change comes slowly.
THIS IS BECAUSE YOU ARE A MAN ….
Yes Anne, I am. Here’s a recent perspective from a woman traveling alone in Iran.
HERE YOU ARE Anne Walsh http://www.heartmybackpack.com/heart/backpacking-solo-through-iran/
Are YOU MAD? Although I will admit Iran is one of the more secular places in the middle east – as was Syria and Libya before they decided to liberate them via bombing the shit out of them.
Whoever put this article on f/bus is a total wanker
I’m not sure what f/bus is Sarah, but I’ll bet my car you didn’t actually read it. Cheers!
Cheers Sarah Lee, and may I say, you sound lovely… just the kind of person I’d like to hang out with. haha
When was this photo taken.
Two months ago Mina Rodgers
No women in the photo ?
Bet you don’t see many women singing and dancing in the street or going out binge drinking.
You are correct Eddie Vee. I can see that in the west, or any number of countries, and that can be fun too of course.
What a steaming load of crap.
Iran has an amazing human rights record, especially women. They recently tried to jail a woman journalist for an editorial cartoon.
Iranian Tourism, travel like it’s 1516, with less respect for women…
Think the Iranian people are awesome, just their leaders are arseholes
Oh you are still trying to convince that this horror regime , that executes people that disagree and hangs them , and also a state sponsor of worlds terrorists organizations is actually “not that bad?!”. Since the “deal” obviously there is a great opportunity to make a big buck in Iran, including encouraging to travel there : I guess that’s where your interest is coming from . Because really you must be completely out of you mind if you want to visit such a notorious regime .
What are you talking about Olga Kanevsky? I’m not trying to convince you about any regime… I didn’t even mention the regime. I visited the country… big difference.
Thats the whole point , you In fact DID NOT mention the regime . As if the regime exists separately from the country . And the country is so “lovely “.
I would question proof that you ever did visit there. If you did, you wouldn’t have written this.
What an odd thing to say, Jim Bob Clements lol
Individuals and the regime are separate entity’s – it’s not one big monolith! Are you from Israel Olga?
Iran is such a beautiful country, and I have been many times x
Good article promoting travels to a Country that despises western civilization. Wear a big American flag t shirt see how long the friendly people take to find you
Haha… they don’t despise western civilization. That’s just what you see on the news mate. Cheers.
Haha, they don’t despise westerners Octavio. That’s just what you see on the news mate. Cheers. You’re right though. I wouldn’t wear an American flag T-shirt. Why would I do that? lol
The point is you couldn’t!
Allan Chalmers… you have a point? Na, still not seeing it. lol
You could try flying an ISIS flag in Whitehall, Octavio. Add that to the list of spurious arguments.
Some how come people love to visit dubai ? That’s a Muslim country too with riches on show ! How come no one mentions the filthy rich hypocritical saudi arabians who still behead people as a form of punishment and treat women with utter contempt ??????
Mark Stanton-Huxton an ISIS flag has been flown in London, police action? – bugger all
Not much different from their neighbours Zioinst Israel
Glad to see everyone still watching the t.v. and depending on good old CNN, fox for their view of the world, I’m pretty sure that you should stay home and I’ve heard now that the terrorist are using poison gas and the only way to protect yourself is stay at home place a plastic bag tightly over your head, and you’ll be safe forever! God speed!
Peninsularity you wouldnt in iran…they’d kill you
Allan Chalmers who in their right mind would want to wear an American flag ,well maybe Trump
Why not ??
Clueless. The Eu, US and NATO are sponsor’s of terrorism. Libya, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine all in turmoil because of the west and its dealings with extremists. Most of the stories coming out about Iran are propaganda because Iran is an ally of Syria, Russia, Iraq and China. General Wesley Clark said in an interview in 2005 that the USA and its allies plan to take out 7 countries in 5 years. That list was Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen can’t remember the other but the last was Iran. The globalist Zionists have an agenda and those who font play ball are demonized and destroyed.
Olga, your description fits Israel far better than Iran (except they shoot dissidents rather than hanging them).
That’s because we haven’t made it an offence to fly a flag. Do you think Britain is a police state like Israel?
Rob Saunders you should live in Iran . It would fit you 🙂
Gordon Morgan, yes the problem is you can stick these facts in Americans faces and they won’t hear it, they still think we found wmds in Iraq even though bush himself said we didn’t, Americans are programmed, and you are either the type that just has never been able to be programmed or you are programmed, and I always hear people are waking up, no they are not, you have either been awake or your a zombie. We know who we are but the letter doesn’t. As I’ve heard too many times in comments,” facts are for people trying to make a point”, as if that statement negates those said fact, but they don’t. We are fucked! Cuz people love comfort.
Rob Saunders: A la gere come a la gere. 🙂 we say better safe than sorry , I guess it’s a living truth in israel , that been attacked so many times since its establishment . Well, what excuse do you have for Iran ?
Every war in which Israel has been involved since its invention, with the sole exception of that in 1973) has been initiated by Israel. It isn’t Iran that needs an excuse: it’s never attacked another country.
Incidentally Olga, better brush up on your French if you want to pretend to be Canadian. Are you a product of Israel’s laughable “education” system?
And on your Zionist-sponsored page I see you link to the vile hate preacher Pat Condell, who began his career as a supporter of terrorist murderers who slaughtered my countrymen.
Anywhere except Nazi Israel would suit me fine.
🔯🔯🔯well suck it bro , they won 🙂
Peninsula your a dick face….fuck off
Dana Edward Fox Jr. Hmmm, your informed and insightful commentary has given me much to consider. Thanks again as always.
Rob Saunders The 1967 war was initiated by an Arab coalition of countries, who promptly got themselves roundly beaten.
The 1967 war had been being planned by Israel for over ten years, and was launched with a sneak attack on three countries with which Israel was not at war. Even the Israelis don’t pretend they didn’t start it: they only claim they felt threatened (poor darlings) so had to attack first. The Nazi thugs won because they were the only side fighting.
Well , the “poor darlings ” have decided Never to be poor again . And it were the people like you Rob SAunders , that taught them this lesson . In the camps and gas chambers . They got dear . Don’t be surprised now .