Our first bad experience in Iran

Kashan Travel Blog

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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

Back in Kashan we used the internet before heading home for Dinner with Hamid. When we arrived into the house we found that his parents had returned home from a trip to Tehran and his Dad came and sat in our bedroom to talk with the three of us. As he spoke no English, Hamid translated for us and we found out that his father had been to Mecca a few years ago. I was interested to hear that there was a 10 year waiting list to visit during the Hajj and it cost thousands of dollars to be granted permission. We also discussed other topics, which included marriage, Iran and religion, before we retired to bed at midnight.

At 00.30 Julia decided that she really should have gone to the toilet before bed, so quickly ran to the bathroom, located only 2 metres away down some steps. A couple of minutes later she returned, looking clearly distressed. She got back into bed and then told me that Hamid's Dad had been waiting for her when she exited the bathroom and had first tried to kiss her and then groped her arse as she ran up the steps. In such situations its hard to know what to do. It was late, we didn't have anywhere else to stay and we weren't located in the town centre, so if we left, we would be in the middle of nowhere. We decided to lock our door, go to sleep and make sure we left as quickly as possible in the morning.

The next day we got up and went to leave and the sleazy old pervert had the cheek to ask if we wanted breakfast, like nothing had happened.
Hamid had already left for work, so we walked out of the house and decided that we could contact Hamid through couchsurfing to let him know what had happened. Part of me wanted to give his Dad a smack, but the other part new that hitting a so called 'religious man' would lead to a lot more trouble than it was worth. The problem in Iran is that whatever happens its always going to be blamed on the woman, so we felt cornered, frustrated and disgusted by the whole ordeal.

Before leaving Kashan, we went to Khan-e Ameriha Historical House, which had been built in the 18th Century. After falling into disrepair it had recently received a face lift, to restore it to its former glories. We spent half an hour walking around the rooms and small pools, before deciding that it was time to be on our way. A taxi took us to the bus station and from here we travelled on to Esfahan, a little disappointed to be leaving under such circumstances.

Deats says:
We told him and wrote a bad reference for him on couchsurfing. He then stalked us on that site for some time, before the admin made him leave us alone! Its definitely harder for women than men in Iran - but we both loved the country and the people - just a few bad apples...
Posted on: Mar 08, 2009
MoonStarFarAway says:
This people think other country's women are "easy" and can't travel without having "sex" !!

Very unconfortable situation for a female traveller. I think you better let your friend know what his father did. Maybe he knew already!
Posted on: Mar 06, 2009
Deats says:
Sadly our couchsurfers Dad grabbed Julia in the night time as she went to the toilet. She wasnt hurt but it was a really unpleasant experience. The Dad had even been to Mecca - shows the standards of devout religious people....
Posted on: Sep 28, 2008
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