Kurdish friendliness

The typical Kurd is more wide than tall, wears a sash around his belly and is super hospitable – especially to foreigners. The least he will do for you is to invite you to a glass of Chai. But most of the time you get invited to lunch, dinner or even to stay for a […]

No visa, no probem – moshkeli nist!

The first time I extended my visa in Bandar Abbas and got the 30 day extension within two days. And since everyone told me Shiraz is the best place for visa extensions I was optimistic to get the second extension of my Iranian visa there. Unfortunately I found out that Shiraz is not the best […]

Restaurant Shabhaye Talai Qeshm

My golden nights in Qeshm – Shabhaye Talai

Working for one month on the Island Qeshm was a great experience. I was working five hours a day in an awesome restaurant directly at the beach of Qeshm. Qeshm is the biggest Iranian island. It lies in the Persian Gulf opposite of Dubai. The climate is similar to Dubai. We had temperatures up to […]

On the road in the Dasht-e-Lut

How to barbecue your liver

After a short stay in Shiraz where I met Doro and Matze, my German friends from Yazd, by coincidence in a lovely restaurant I took the ten-hour bus ride to Kerman with them. We stayed at Jamal’s guesthouse. Jamal is a friendly German-speaking Iranian tour guide – as he says the only one in whole […]

Sale no mobarak! – How to celebrate the persian way…

  Here in Iran it’s now the end of the Nowruz (the Persian new year) holidays and it’s been two and a half weeks of celebrating, being invited to family meetings and lots of good food. The celebrations begin with Chaharshanbe Suri, the last Wednesday of the old year. On that evening fires are made […]

Astara cage fight and how to survive without money

  After I have seen a lot of Azerbaijan, the land of fire, and I got my Iranian visa just in time (one working day before my Azerbaijan visa ran out) it was time to leave to Iran. I decided to change the means of transportation from shared taxis and mashrutkas to hitchhiking. Getting out […]