From Persia to Arabia

From Persia to Arabia

After reading all the collected stories of ‘Arabian Nights’ during many evenings at the fire in Iran, we finally arrived on the Arabic Peninsula – fortunately fully prepared for all oriental magic vanishing in the mirroring windows of Dubai’s...
Country Review: Iran

Country Review: Iran

“What country was the most amazing you visited so far?” How many times have I been asked that question? And always Iran was the place mentioned atop the list or around the very top. This time was my third visit to the country, as a whole I spent nearly...
How to extend your Iranian visa

How to extend your Iranian visa

Being in such an amazing and big country you might quickly realize that one month is just not enough to spend there. So then comes the question: is it possible to extend my visa while being in Iran? Yes, it is possible and from our experience we learned that it is...
Street music in Iran

Street music in Iran

Ask Iranians if street music is allowed in their country and most of them will say: “Don’t do it!” After two months in Iran, my advice for other musicians who are hesitant to play there is: “Do it, take some care and it’s gonna be an...
Dust, sand and a million stars – through the desert

Dust, sand and a million stars – through the desert

It was a contrast after over a week of sophistication and cultural high life in Esfahan. It was a contrast to the last months as well: Just the two of us with heavy backpacks, our sturdy hiking boots and….no bikes anymore….on a dusty main road in the...
Esfahan, Nesf-e Jahan

Esfahan, Nesf-e Jahan

While traveling, you arrive in many cities and leave again. But a certain number of them stays. Some for the experiences made there and a certain smaller number just for the place they are. Esfahan is one of those rare latter places. The sheer grandeur of Iran’s...
One month in Iran

One month in Iran

This post is to cover up about one full month in a fascinating place full of so many fascinating people, that it could impossibly live up to the experience we had. Why didn’t we write earlier? Well, firstly Internet is not on the strong side of Iran. Being slow,...
Trans-Asia Express: a train ride of contrasts

Trans-Asia Express: a train ride of contrasts

As we tried to run away from the winter in Eastern Turkey, we decided to take the Trans-Asia Express, a 3 day train ride which might be a pretty underestimated rail adventure. We arrived in Kayseri train station one hour before the train, as we’d been told....
Hitchhiking in Iran

Hitchhiking in Iran

Without any doubt one of the most hospitable and traveler-friendly countries in this world, hitchhiking in Iran is definitely a great way to get around. Especially as in recent times of economical sanctions from the West, prices for transport (as for nearly everything...