Dār osh Shafā’

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  • Day119

    Merry Christmas from Yazd in Iran!

    December 26, 2017 in Iran ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    What can you expect of Christmas while cycling through Iran? Not that much! At least, Isfahan has a large Christian community in the Armenian quarter where it is celebrated. But we left the city behind us a week ago and didn't expect anything. And so did the unpredictable happen...

    By chance, we met 4 other cyclists from the Netherlands and Spain on our way to Yazd through the desert and cycled together for a few days. And cycling simply connects people... it turned out that there would be 20 cyclists in Yazd these days, so why not having a Christmas party together? Thanks to Silvio & Lena for the spontaneous organization and a great evening! The 20 of us could even enjoy 1.5L of homemade wine :)

    Most of us are staying in the same hostel and we're having a very relaxed time together which makes this Christmas a special and unique experience while temperatures reach 25 degrees during the day.

    Now we're going to hit the road again with a lot of nice group cycling, Persepolis and Shiraz ahead.

    Impressions of our journey from Ghom to Yazd via Kashan and Isfahan will follow.

    We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great time with your beloved ones!
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  • Day174

    Walking around in Yazd's heat

    March 31, 2018 in Iran ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    The German-Austrian-Catalan tourist group got going again :-) With the 6 of us, you have to know that it makes it hard to cross any kind of public space without having one of us being stopped and asked for a picture. But we got to see quite a bit:

    - Zoroastrian temple with an eternal flame 🔥 burning since ~470 AD - we only got 5 of us on the picture and the second Anna is missing

    - Masjed-e Jame (Main Mosque) - the girls having to take a separate entrance and borrowing chadors. 👻 While Iranian religious teaching emphasizes that the chador is a protection for women “like the oyster protects the pearl”, we actually felt like rather sweaty women. A nice surprise was the presence of a calligraphy artist and both Annas got their name written in Persian calligraphic script

    - the shrine of a religious scholar (which was undergoing construction - thus the „holy repair” street sign). It also had a variety of praying beads on a rake, it looked very nice

    - coffee stop at a nice restaurant court: great coffee ☕️ and pomegranate juice 🥤 also a fantastic escape from the searing sun

    - walking the old streets of Yazd: almost everything is made of reddish-brown brick and wind towers (called badgirs) help to ventilate rooms and courtyard by channeling in air from outside through intricate systems

    - traditional house: only Bertram and David went there while the rest had already left: it was not really impressive and the collection of western women pictures on the walls looked rather creepy

    We are now back in the hotel to escape the afternoon heat - it really is the desert here in Yazd and rain falls as rarely as 3 times a YEAR!

    In the evening we will go out together to another traditional Iranian restaurant with roof top seating.

    Happy Easter 🐣 to all of you back home!
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  • Day175

    Water museum and Iranian sport sessions

    April 1, 2018 in Iran ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We started our last day in Yazd at a relaxed pace. We saw most of the major sights yesterday and planned to use today to read and soak in some of Yazd’s atmosphere from one of the many rooftop cafés.
    We first set out to Yazd’s water museum. It chronicles the work of the local people digging underground waterways to provide water to the city. The museum was housed in an old family building and we enjoyed it a lot :-)
    Continuing with the water theme, the next stop was the former water reservoir of Yazd. From the outside it is barely noticeable, but from the inside it is very much like a huge egg placed underground. Pretty impressive! Nowadays, the site is used for practitioners of an Iranian sport where heavy wooden clubs are swung around. We actually came back in the evening to watch a “performance” of these sportspeople. The place was packed, there was singing and live music and about 10 men practices their sport in the middle. Quite a peculiar way of evening entertainment :-)

    Finally, after visiting one last mosque/gallery in Yazd we played some billiards at or hotel. Anna: 2, Bertram: 1 (though Bertram pocketed the black ball twice...) 🎱
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  • Day148

    Yazd, am Morgen

    October 1, 2018 in Iran ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück sind wir nochmal alleine in die Stadt. Die Geschäfte machten gerade auf und es war noch nicht viel los.

    Als erstes sind wir zur Zentralmoschee um sie im hellen zu sehen.

    In der Moschee haben wir eine Gruppe Studenten getroffen. Wir haben uns eine gute halbe Stunde mit Ihnen unterhalten. Dabei ging es Themen wie: Glaube, Selbständigkeit, Geschichte, Politik, Fussball und noch mehr. Sie waren sehr an unserer Meinung interessiert.
    Wieder eine tolle Begegnung.

    Dann sind wir nochmal durch die Altstadt, haben Brot und einen kleinen Teppich fürs Womo gekauft. Leckeren Tee und Granatapfelsaft getrunken

    Auf dem Rückweg zum Auto haben wir die Studenten wiedergetroffen und ihnen noch unser Haus auf Rädern gezeigt. Dann mussten wir aber los.
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  • Day5

    Yasd - Bummel durch die Altstadt

    May 3, 2016 in Iran ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Von der Freitagsmoschee aus bummeln wir durch die Altstadt von Yasd, die aus dem 12.-14. Jhd. stammt. Als Wüstenstadt weist Yasd die typische Lehmziegelarchitektur auf. Charakteristisch sind die unzähligen Windtürme, die als Klimaanlage dienen. Ebenfalls sehenwert sind die Holzportale der Wohnhäuser mit zwei verschiedenen Klopfern für männliche und weibliche Besucher.Read more

  • Day62


    November 3, 2016 in Iran ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Was für ein cooler Aufenthalt hier. Vor allem die Altstadt ist schön traditionell, aber die ist gerade eher nebensächlich. Viel cooler ist unsere neue Overlandercrew hier in Yazd. Mit Cyril und Marie in ihrem Landcruiser sind wir ja schon länger unterwegs. Dazu kommen jetzt noch zwei Italiener, die wir schon in Kaschan getroffen hatten und die mit ihren Vespas nach Vietnam unterwegs sind. Einer ist zufällig auch in unserem Hostel, der andere muss seinen kaputten Kolben in Isfahan reparieren lassen. Dann war da noch ein weiteres französisches Pärchen auf der unfassbar beladenen 125 er Honda - sogar einheimische hatten ihre Bedenken, ob das mit der Beladung so hinhauen kann 😄

    Wir hatten in unserer Gruppe eine tolle Zeit hier mit Gleichgesinnten. Der eine Franzose war zufällig Chefkoch und so haben wir alle im Hostel zusammen gegessen...okay, ich hatte nichts mit dem kochen zu tun, aber immerhin abgewaschen ☺️
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  • Day11


    May 13, 2018 in Iran ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Schwerttänze in der Caravanserai
    Fahrt nach Yazd
    Silence tower
    Yazd zoroastrian firetempel
    Dolat Abad Garden
    Water museum
    Zeytoon Restaurant
    Yazd city gate - Cappuccino
    Fazeli Hotel
    Jame Mosque with highest minarets
    Historical centre UNESCO / tea on top of the roof
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