looking for adventures, I got one UNFORTUNATELY !
Meghri Travel Blog› entry 8 of 52 › view all entries
December 2nd, 2009 – by: herman_munster
10 am scheduled buy leaving Yerevan to Tabriz delayed 10.30 am. There were 3 Iranian boys who were kind of bunch of jerks when one of them wanted to seat on my assigned seat although the seating layout clearly stated I was on my right seat. Put it aside and off we left. The bus drove through Armenian Mountains in the south region and stopped 3 times before arriving at the border. The journey was so long over the hilly winding road and cliffs hundred meters down. The distances isn't that far on the map but land topography made it seems 10 time further. Once in a while the Iranian boys stares and initiates conversation as to what,when,where etc. I got to admit Iranians are curious to foreigners.
9 hours later the bus reached the Armenian border and while the rest were queuing up I was pulled aside as my appearance and nationality differs from the rest. While seated the Iranian boys break the silent. One of the Iranian who shares the same name as mine talks limited English but tried hard and I could understand pretty much everything they said. Annoyance at first sort of became newfound friends later. They live in Esfahan and wanted to know when I’ll be in Esfahan as I told them my route was Tabriz-Tehran-Esfahan-Shiraz. Amin gave his phone number to meet up in Esfahan in 6 days.
The Armenian custom having a hard time understanding where I was about and after thorough ‘interrogation’ including my earlier boarding pass and signature identification(to be similar as in passport) I was released to boarded the bus to another 200m the Iranian Custom side.
While the Iranian officer went through everyone’s passport in the bus, mine got pulled out and he had an explanation after. All were got off the bus and took the luggage for screening and I got another bad news.! Amin became a translator; the Iranian officer nonchalantly explained ‘The visa office is closed tonight and the next 4 days!!!’. 'Are you serious?' I asked Amin again and again infront of the officer. Are you serious another 9 hours journey back to where I was in Yerevan?
Are you serious another 9 hours journey to where I was in Yerevan? Amin explained to get the visa in Yerevan then come back the next day.
The Iranian officer walked me to the post(Iranian Side). Now to get to the Armenian post I have to walk on my own. There’s a gun on the officer’s hand and he said you walk there and turn left. You’re not going to accompany me? Go said the officer. That moment I thought I could get shot in ‘No man’s land territory’ by either sides. After 10 minutes contemplating and still clueless to uncertainty, I braved myself to walk 100m between the 2 posts.Now I’m back at the Armenian custom building, the same building I was interrogated 2 hours before.
It was 10pm and I was stuck at the Armenian Custom Building waiting for the bus from Iran heading to Yerevan which scheduled to arrive around 2 -3am. The bus could be fully seated (!), the ticket I had could be void and had to buy new one (!)
It’s CRAZY! I was looking for adventure and to hell I was in one!
Finally the bus from Iran to Yerevan arrived and I’m thankful to one of Armenian Officer that made sure I got on the bus. And the bus wasn’t fully seated but 9 hours journey in winding mountainous Armenian road in the dark night heading back to where I was 16 hours ago?
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