“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place, I told him, like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again”
No country ever stole my heart the way Iran did: The mountains, the food, the melodies of the Farsi language, and most of all the rebellious nature of the Iranian people. It’s unfortunate that a country of such grandeur is portrayed so badly in the media, and my visit showed me that people pose a lot of judgment without truly knowing what goes on in the world. I felt held by the city of Tehran, welcomed, safe and protected.
Visiting Iran however takes a little bit of preparation because the dress code is different from Dubai or any other Western influenced country. Women are required to wear a headscarf, and dress decently. No miniskirts, belly buttons or cleavages. You’ll be best off covering your butt and dress modestly. So I did. As it was winter, and I didn’t feel like dragging around more than 3 thick winter coats on my trip, I decided to experiment with different styles using the same items. Looking your best doesn’t have to be that complicated, nor inconvenient. If you’re a down to earth girl with a busy life, a business and a boyfriend, you do not want spend days packing your suitcase, let alone drag a few of them around. Less is more!
Some of the highlights of Tehran were definitely the Nature Bridge, the Grand Bazaar, the National Museum and some of the more upscale neighborhoods like Modern Elahiyeh. Personally I LOVE roaming around the streets of foreign places without a purpose other than experiencing the energy of the city. I was never one for big tourist attractions or spectacular events. The back streets of a city like Tehran are far more interesting to me.
Funnily enough I often got away with wearing a hat alone, or taking of my headscarf to take a photo somewhere. I guess I was not frowned upon so much, because I’m a foreigner. Ever since I’ve come back from Iran I have been longing to return again to get to know more about the country, travel, learn Farsi and just “be”. Definitely one of my all time favorite places in the world! And more to come soon!