Esfahan the soul of Iran
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Arriving Esfahan train station at 8 am I waited for the meter taxi heading to town center about 10 km far. The taxi in Iran is a sucking machine. The cost from the train station to the hostel was way much more than the overnight train itself. I knew that in Iran the public transport is dirt cheap for example intercity train or bus is round 5 USD which is normal but the taxi is a hell. It cost me 657000 Riyal( 6.5 USD ) and I gave him 100000 (10 USD) and received the balance less that supposed to be. BASTARD! I hate taxi driver. They are the worst job in the world. Passenger has no say. I’m no longer taking a taxi until I got help from the locals. The whole taxi driver in the world is cheap BASTARD. The Riyals easily can fool you. I never had seen notes that have too many 0 that worth couple of quid for instant 50,000 Riyals is 5 USD so I always mistakenly confused between 50000 and 5000.
One of the problem most travelers face is withdrawing cash as any outside ATM or credit card is not working in Iran. So the only way is exchanging foreign money in any money changer or bank, which is another hassle dealing with unscrupulous people. I knew international ATM isn’t working in Iran but didn’t bother to cash a lot before entering Iran and I was really short on Riyals already.Checked-in to Amer Kaber Hostel owned by Ziaee brothers who mistakenly to be twin. I have half day to wander around after had a nap.
Esfahan is Iran’s masterpiece,the jewel of ancient Persia and one of the finest cities in Islamic world.
The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Esfahan’s Islamic building, its expansive bazaar and its gorgeous bridges worth to be wandered and get lost in between.
Back in the hostel, my roommate buddies were all cool travelers who has embark a very long backpacking. Andrew an Aussi lad has been backpacking and lives in several countries before arriving Iran. Pablo a Spanish Chemist losses his job and travelling in Iran from Shiraz up to Tehran and Alejando, a young student from Spain has been backpacking from Europe-Balkan-Middle east since the last summer.
I ran out of riyals and there’s no way that international ATM/credit card works in Iran. At the border I changed only 120 Euros which equals to 1,700000(170USD) Riyal and I had around 600000Riyal( USD 60)left but there still another 5 days until I can used my ATM in UAE.
Arriving in Esfahan Kaveh bus terminal, I was happy to know Alejandro was there waiting the same bus to Yazd. He missed the earlier bus. Esfahan to Yadz on the highway, there was thick snow on the road and the sceneries were breathtaking.
We arrived in Yazd at 6.30 pm. Our financial situations were the same. Alejandro only has couple of Riyal till he could find the next host of couchsurfing, wherelse I has a bit more and when it’s finished, my digicam is sold ( I’m hoping I didn’t have to let it go). We never wanted to take any public bus or any taxi so we walked to the hostel for 4 km away. Pablo has stayed at Silk Road hostel couple of night before therefore his suggestion was really helpful. As we stepped out of the bus, touts taxi drivers already waiting to fish their victims. Politely refused then I asked them which way to the square leading to city centre? “ Oh the boulevard square is that direction” so they said.
We stopped on the way for our dinner having samosas and chicken sandwiches. Around 2 hours later we arrived in the Hostel and I saw a couple that stayed at the same Hotel in Tehran. Backpacking was fun.