Leaving Persia to the Emirate

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Alejandro an his Bible. The saviour and guidance through out his yearlong backpacking

A week in the Persia, this country is bewilderingly different than its neighbouring Islamic nations. Central Iran is one of my highlight so far. Leaving Persia to Nepal, I'm transiting in sharjah UAE. Before I boarded Airarabia flight to Sharjah, Alejandro and I went to money changer to change our last foreign currency left on our last hours in Shiraz. It’s better to change money under 1 person to avoid unnecessary commission, Alejandro handed me his USD 20 and I wanted to change only €10 from my €20 bill. Not only touts pestering in the bus station or taxi stand, outside money changer booth there’s line up of this money changer tout’s looking to rip our money.

It was raining in Shiraz and Alejandro was heading to Persepolis which I went yesterday on a bright, sunny blue sky.

The Persian final night meal. Poridge and bread, the tightest budgeting that in the end works out well. I still have my digicam
Thanks to the weather, made my picture turned out gorgeous yesterday. If he was with me yesterday, we could have alot  of goofy pictures with ancient rocks and columns.

I handed Alejandro his 200000 Riyal (20USD) and we parted ways soon later. On the bright side he knows how to get to Persepolis the cheap way cause I did and briefed him in detail how to. No chance for touts taxi. His next destination is also Sharjah UAE but by different mode of transportation. By ferry from Bandar Abbas to Sharjah UAE he’s schedule to leave the day after. I am only laying-over in Sharjah and he’s planning to spend a week or so in the Emirate.

Airarabia airline - Middle East premier low cost airline is similar to any other lowcost airline I flew.

Dodgy twin bed of Mehmunsara Hotel. Used to be an accomodation for Iranian Pilgrims. Only 10 USD per night
I had a bit funny moment when my row seat was seated by 3 old Middle Eastern women. When the flight attendant asked them who occupied seat A,B,C  to move they refused to budge. This is airplane not bus haha. And later a Chinese flight attendant beside me kept word of warning to the passenger who was not stopping talking over his mobile phone on the take-off plane. I even heard continuous Nokia’s ringing or texting tone while the plane ascending.

My checked-in backpack is already on its way to Kathmandu but I needed to get a new boarding flight for the departure the next morning. Arriving Sharjah airport, the joy of able to withdraw money, I saw ATM with MEPS/VISA sign at the concourse. The joy of not needing to be over vigilant about spending money from now on. I went to internet cafe then to Transfer desk then to the restaurant having a proper meal in a long time, I felt like I’m in the Philippines! Kingdom of Emirates but it seems like no local or Middle Eastern people working or albeit less.

The bedbug feasting on our body.Mehmunsara Hotel Shiraz
I also feel UAE is the modern epicentre of Asia where people from light to dark skin colour Indian to chinese looking and black are transiting. I had the tasty briyani chicken, something that I will venture over and over in India.

12 hour time to kill so I update my blog and editing pictures to go with it. Right now I’m sitting in front of a group of Indian waiting for their flight and one of them was so curious about what am I doing with my laptop. He stood up and went behind me to look at my screen sneakily hahaha. Very funnyyy! Oh boy, I have to be prepare for a lot more of this in India next 2 weeks.

Kathmandu in 16 hours from now, I don’t have any printed guide only the one that I purchased online stored in this laptop. While I was in Yerevan, Armenia, I stayed in the same dorm with one Nepalese guy, Simon Thing, he quickly offered an assistant if my trip includes any trekking. I haven’t decided yet as in winter trekking route is closed. For now I planned to spend 4 days in Kathmandu and around and to Pokhara another couple of days before entering Varanasi India. Gotta be exciting!

 

herman_munster says:
So when exactly you take your ass off backpacking? Iran is your dream?
Posted on: Dec 18, 2009
naj81 says:
Interesting blog amin...
Posted on: Dec 16, 2009
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Alejandro an his Bible. The saviou…
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The Persian final night meal. Por…
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The bedbug feasting on our body.M…
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