Shiraz and the Persepolis

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Face of Shiraz. While waiting my falafel sandwich I snapped this boy a picture and then he said bye bye and run.

My last day in Yazd I had a short chatted with this Dutch girl staying in Silk Road Hotel that happened to leave and heading to Shiraz the same day. We took a separate taxi to the bus terminal leaving at 2pm. Yazd to shiraz took 7 hours and we arrived at 9pm dark and starving. Shiraz temperature was less cold than the north. Arriving Shiraz bus terminal we wanted to walk in finding the hotel. This is Conservative Islamic Nation whenever the local sees blue eyes Caucasian women, people tend to give 2nd or 3rd look so Jashenka(spelling) walked together-avoiding harassment towards foreign woman.

Jashenka looks alluring in her black scarf she wore all the time in Esfahan.

Face of Shiraz. Always a pleasure to have a picture taken.
She loves Iran and had been here for 3 weeks. She is applying visa extension in Shiraz and staying with Iranian friend she met. And she was our savior that night because she’s fluent in Farsi, something that hard to find, asked local the right direction to Mehmunsara Hotel. Been walking for half an hour, we planned to put our backpack we found it and later walk Jashenka to her rendezvous Hotel. The location of the hotel indicated was deep inside and with the help of Jashenka’s Farsi; we found it , just off the main road! It was pretty late and her friend was worried about her whereabouts so Jashenka took a taxi beneath our hotel to her hotel instead. She’s lucky in knowing Farsi, she gets reasonable fare.

Knackered and my shoulder was sore of the 4 backpacks band, I lay down on the bed of twin bedroom in front of horrifically noisy road.

Face of Shiraz. Another Persian boy who were waiting for his falafel
The Mehmunsara Hotel twin room for 100000Riyal (10USD) I could detect the bedbug was waiting to having a feast ,dodgy hotel and dodgy bed for the price we paid; I slept fully cloth and had my long jumper. Didn’t trust the pillow either so I put the scarf on it, the bug would be feasting my face otherwise.

Awaken by horrendous noise from the main road I freshened up at 7.30am. I was going to Persepolis early morning. Alejandro had 2 days in Shiraz, had a lot to catch up on his blog so he decided not to come along but going the next day. It wasn’t difficult at all to get to Persepolis independently. Most travellers are taking a tour arranged by the hotel they stayed, my hotel manager didn’t even understand what I was asking, but that’s worked out well, I was trying to avoid any.

HEEELLLPPP. The only thing in Persepolis that interest me.
Taking public transport to places with local is a lot exciting and enriching. By local minibus for 30 minutes ride to Marvdasht then another 12 km by shuttle taxi to the Ruin.

I’ve seen too many ruin since summer, from Ephesus in Turkey to Palmyra in Syria, this ruin was just another picture of rocks and columns. The only sculpture that I was astonished by was the 2 birds’ head statue.

Returning back to Shiraz I took the same Minibus but a little frightening experience. I was sitting by the window and it was 10cm distant the lorry beside me to slide during the fast overtaking. Couple minutes later I heard glass breaking from the front that I terrified to know the lorry had hit the bus side mirror. This kind of accident seems nothing to the local by their reactions.

Persepolis - The greatest success of the ancient Achamaenid Empire
So the bus continued with 1 side mirror.

The next half day was spent wandered around Shiraz. There is more ‘colour’ than just black in the town. The Iranian women wearing a colourful dress and there also option for ‘westernized’ food such as pizzas and KFC although it was ‘B’ FC. I don’t know what that’s ‘B’ stands for but I saw colonel’s Sandler’s trademark. Had a falafel sandwich I strolled down and stopped by an Iranian boy. He followed me and conversing English, the way to improve his English but he was oddly speaking in American accent. It was laughable; I asked him why are you trying to imitate an accent that not belongs to yours? It became bothersome when he was trying too hard to sound American that I couldn’t understand a word. He says he watches American program from the satellite.

Final night in Iran we walked along Lotfali Khan Street, livelier in the evening with the pedestrian and local shops selling from Iran’s and international cds, carpet to clothes.

Instant made Falafel by the sidewalk
On the way back an Iranian man stopped us and suggest to go to ‘only Saturday’ Palace but with 5 USD entrance fee, I let it go. I have only 10 USD for the hostel and another 2 USD to the airport. I’m glad I needed not to sell my digicam over short cash I have had and for 60 USD dollar I managed to survive in 6 days, accommodation, transportation to food from Esfahan to Yazd to Shiraz. Pretty a big achievement in backpacking.

Finally I left the Persian Country. 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.

Goofing around with this bird
It was raining and unlucky for Alejandro as he was heading to Persepolis which I went yesterday on a bright, sunny blue sky. Thanks to the weather, my made my picture turned out gorgeous.

I gave 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. 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.

herman_munster says:
Sure next time we hang out I show you all. It's amazing and the weather helps alot. I like Persia, because somehow the picture I took are 'colourful'. from the Mosaic of Mosque to the face of its local.
Posted on: Dec 13, 2009
RH122 says:
Persepolis Please! Have u seen their treasure at British Museum? Now u gonna see where it comes from.
Posted on: Dec 11, 2009
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