Nowhere to stay
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)
Amir and Farib dropped us off in Zanjan at Hotel Sa'di, which was listed as the only worthwhile budget option in the City. We took Amir's number and arranged to call the guys and meet up in Tehran if we were in the City at the same time. It had been a real stroke of luck to get a lift from them, but this lucky streak ended when we found out that the Hotel was full. Both Julia and I were starving as we hadn't eaten all day, so we went into a cafe for a salad and a burger, and this gave us time to think of a new game plan.
After eating we decided to take a look at Hotel Hafez, which was only a few doors down, but their rooms were well overpriced (150,000 Rials / $15) and this was for a room with an outside toilet and no shower at all! This made our mind up, we would head to Tehran tonight, where we could stay with Karim and wind down after a hectic period of travelling. I gave him a call and he confirmed it was still fine for us to stay, so we told him we would be there as quickly as possible, although we were still some 300kms away and it was nearing 18.00.
We attempted to get a bus down to the bus terminal, but all of them were jammed to the rafters, so we ended up walking for 25 minutes to get there. The next bus left at 19.00, but this gave us time to watch the futsal World Cup, as Iran drew with Italy 5-5. Iran needed to win the game to progress, but conceded an equaliser with one minute to go. A lot of dejected Iranians stomped around as the final whistle blew and been an England fan i could empathize with this kind of failure! It was already dark as we boarded the bus, but the full moon still made the view from the window something to take an interest in.