Day 51: This perfect day

Masouleh Travel Blog

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Masouleh from above
Early next morning I ran over to the bakery to get some blistering hot freshly baked lavash bread. Sitting on my roof terrace, looking out over Masouleh and the valley beyond, while enjoying breakfast and some pretty good coffee, I was certain that I had found paradise. What a great place!

Around Masouleh there are several nice mountain walks to be done. Last night Soroosh had given me the directions to one walk going up to a nice waterfall. I figured it was good exercise (as well as a nice way to spend the morning) so after breakfast I set out.

The mountainous area is lovely and I had a great time as the path brought me higher and higher above the town, offering great views of Masouleh and the valley beyond. The weather was gorgeous, not too hot, but bright and sunny.
Masouleh valley

In the end I was never able to find the mountain path to the waterfall (after three dead ends I gave up), but instead I walked for a few hours along the road to the next town. The road was snaking through the mountains heading to a mountain pass. I wanted to make it to the pass, but unfortunately the clouds started to roll in (as they do every day for most of the year) obscuring the views of the surroundings. I figured it was no fun climbing a mountain pass in the fog, so I headed back.

Despite the lack of an obvious destination I had thoroughly enjoyed my four hour stroll. The weather was great, as were the surroundings and I was happy to be doing something other than sit in buses or cars or walk through cities.

I didn't do much else that day. I spent a couple of hours at one of the many tea houses, writing my blog and watching the world go by. Everybody here is so friendly and welcoming. I'd heard about it before coming to Iran, but even so it surpassed every expectation. Every person I meet while walking the streets says hello to me. Everyone wants to know where I'm from, how long I've been to Iran, etc. Not many speak English though and it is a real pity I don't speak Farsi. I bought phrasebooks before, but never found them very useful. However, this time I really regretted not having one. I should really try and score one when I'm in Tehran.

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Masouleh from above
Masouleh from above
Masouleh valley
Masouleh valley
going up, up, up
going up, up, up
wonderful scenery
wonderful scenery
excellent views during my walk
excellent views during my walk
happy as a little kid
happy as a little kid
though I didnt know it yet, the r…
though I didn't know it yet, the …
peek-a-boo
peek-a-boo
clouds starting to roll in again
clouds starting to roll in again
approaching Masouleh again
approaching Masouleh again
old aqueducts which now serve as f…
old aqueducts which now serve as …
Masouleh
Masouleh
Masouleh
photo by: Sajjad_Monti