Day 69: City of badgirs
Yazd Travel Blog› entry 96 of 260 › view all entries
June 13th, 2010 – by: Biedjee
No, not badgers, badgirs! Badgirs are windtowers or wind catchers, which stand on the roofs of the ancient buildings in Yazd. These can capture even the slightest breeze and via an ingenious system or air-flow and water the air is cooled and led into the rooms below. It works as an antique form of air-conditioning.
Actually, the modern Iranian air-conditioning (circulating moist air into a room) is directly derived from the ancient system. While it may not be as cold as conventional air-conditioning, it actually works really well in a dry climate.
After a not particularly comfortable bus ride (I'm not even going to describe the bus rides from now on, they were all bad in this country!) we arrived in Yazd.
So it was only obvious that upon arrival we got told the hotel was full, despite our reservation. We would stay in another hotel, owned by the same people. Note the word would. We weren't given a choice or anything, no, we were simply told, very matter of factly, that we had to stay in the Orient Hotel across the road.
In any other situation I would have walked out. I mean, the least the guy could do was apologise for the inconvenience and try to fix the situation.
After we chucked our bags into the room we went for a stroll through the old centre of Yazd. Old Yazd is particularly handsome and completely made from sun-dried mud bricks. It is also considered one of the oldest cities in the world. The setting sun cast the buildings in a wonderful golden glow. A perfect place for a sunset stroll.
We had already noticed Yazd seems to have a higher concentration of tourists than most other Iranian cities.
Michael and I laughed about it. My own dad was never like this, but I know plenty of families who went on similar vacations. Michael recognised this from his childhood as well. The poor family. We wished them luck.
Apart from a popular travellers hangout, the Silk Road Hotel also has an excellent restaurant, offering several international dishes.
So Michael and I happily ordered some less exotic dishes for once. Although, less exotic? My camel stew wasn't exactly what you'd call mainstream, neither was the banana-date shake that went with it!
The World Cup Football had started, and with a large international crowd we watched Australia get pummeled by Germany.
Yes, it was nice to be in a real hostel again. Even if we were sleeping across the road.
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