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  • Day138

    Endless great ocean road

    January 14 in Iran

    We easily noticed that people are dressed different in this region: Turbans with colored checks are common and there are ghosts passing by on motorbikes, their bright white clothes fluttering in the airstream. The women are wearing colorful dresses with metal masks on their noses. Even the mosques and minarets look more modest and we're missing the blue tiles. The clue are the many Arabs living here and being the majority.

    The landscape is partly adorned with cisterns and we're wondering how life looks like in summer as it goes already pretty slow at this time. But surprisingly, we also spot verdurous fields with tomatoes, beans and peppers surrounded by date trees and the powerful green appears almost surreal to us.

    When locals advise us against taking a road, we take the challenge, of course. After all, we want to stay at the coast! But this road has definitely been impossible for cars: Deep, sandy creeks, coarse gravel and rocks. We had to push our bikes many times which reminded us of Samuel's Iceland stories, save that we stayed dry and could jump into the sea anytime :)

    Can you ever get enough of this coastline?
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  • Day147

    Good bye Iran!

    January 23 in Iran

    It's been more than 3 weeks now since we left Iran after spending 2 months there and we're still struggling to process all impressions of a certainly intense time. So, this is a try to roughly summarize:

    We found it incredibly easy to travel through this country. The selflessness, helpfulness, ease, hospitality and kindness of the people knows no limits and when we realized that after some time, there was in fact absolutely nothing we had to worry about. Maybe we've lost this feeling at all and that's why it felt really weird to board a ferry that would eventually take us to another country, where things would be different - and new, which made it exciting of course, as well. After all, that's one essence of traveling.

    We must admit that we felt safer than in any other country and thefts are probably a good example. What's going on in Germany and other European countries regarding bike thefts? It appears unthinkable to us that this would happen in Iran. There are always exceptions, of course, but we got the impression that criminality only plays a marginal role in the Iranian society - the social interaction is simply too warm-hearted! And we're pretty sure that the religion, especially the prayers as a form of meditation, and the absence of alcohol play a key role. It is certainly striking that there seems to be no stress but only calmness, everywhere. We finally got clear about this when we encountered the rude interaction of people in Dubai for the first time, and were kind of shocked.

    We're also wondering which value love and sexuality have in a society where it's almost impossible for boys and girls to get to know each other because they grow up apart (meaning separated classes, sports and music activities, no bars and clubs) and the traditional 'marrying somebody off' is still common practice. Some unmarried men in their late twenties told us that there is a 'modern way to get married' as well, but we felt that they were desperate to find or even get to know a woman. When they asked us about our relationship and we started talking about emotions and feelings, we could feel their uncomfortableness and consciously didn't mention 'love'. We don't want to judge about all Iranians, but we've thought and talked about this topic a lot and we believe that the various restrictions of the Iranians by their government prevent a development of love and sexuality from happening - with exceptions, which, in the public, immediately catch one's eye.

    The Iran is absolutely huge and so diverse, you can go skiing in the North and swimming in the gulf in the South at the same time, the variety of landscapes and climates, the natural beauty, the contrasts between bustling cities and the silence of mountains, deserts and coastline, the fresh fruits and vegetables, the spices, the tea and bread culture, the picnic and camping culture - traveling through this country is an adventure and each day is a different story.

    The fake news in the media and the fact that World War II propaganda is still alive is certainly one of the sad stories we experienced. How often did even young people praise the 'strong leader' in our past or tell us that Iranians, Japanese and Germans are of the same (Aryan) race? How can a father be so proud that his son looks 'almost German', after dying blond his hair? How can a TV program spread rumors that 1.7million Canadians are threatened by starvation in their country (we saw this in the police office for foreign affairs where we extended our visa - and where Iranians try to collect their passports to leave the country, Canada is a popular destination...)? Not everybody is questioning things and makes use of other sources to overcome the manipulation. We see the root of many issues in the educational system which is probably the strongest weapon of the government to keep control over the Iranian folk - and we hope that the Iranian people will never lose their courage, for a better future, and for more freedom.

    Here are some statistics of 59 days in Iran:
    Cycled kilometers: 3052
    Wild camping: 32 nights
    Hosted: 18 nights
    Hostel or Guesthouse: 7 nights
    Hotel: 1 night
    Max/min temperatures: 30/-14 degrees
    Fellow cyclists met: Karamat, Lena & Silvio, Mohamed, Abbas, Jan & Hannes, Valerie & Stijn, Gabriel, Lorenzo, Dennis, Anneke & Tane, Lorenzo, Frederic, Robert & Florian, Jakob, Philipp, Jean-Baptiste & Stephane
    Invitations, selfies, honking and waving, consumed bread, tea, fruits and nuts, mountain passes >2000m: countless :)
    'Where are you from?' answered: 15 times/day in average

    Cheers!
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  • Day144

    .. in the Persian Gulf

    January 20 in Iran

    The island's coastline is dotted with small, sleepy fishermen villages and we encountered only very few cars till we got closer to Qeshm Town in the East. There are many more Geopark sites on the southern coast such as the Namakdan salt cave, one of the longest salt cave systems in the world, and the Kharbas caves which are embedded in an almost vertical limestone cliff.

    Sleeping under clear night skies, going for a swim in the gulf, spotting dolphins, watching the banderi life in the fishermen villages and marveling at the hand-decorated sewings made by local women rounded up our pretty relaxed time on the southern coastline.

    In Qeshm Town, a shopping paradise cluttered with malls and hotels, we finally should experience Iranian hospitality for the last time. Majid approached us when we're hanging out with Gabriel at a falafel shop and invited us to stay at his apartment over night. We couldn't refuse and finally had a great evening with him and his friends :)

    A quick note on the 'sustainable development' the Geopark is promoting on Qeshm: For us, cycling around the island was still like cycling through an almost untouched paradise, except the area around Qeshm Town, but we have doubts that the island will manage to preserve its special flair... It is rich in gas and oil deposits waiting to be exploited, you can see that port facilities are being built into the sea in every little village, they've started but stopped building a bridge to the mainland which would increase traffic volume dramatically and there are discussions about building a deepwater port. As if that weren't enough, shark oil, soap and shampoo is sold by souvenir shops - thumbs down for that.
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  • Day135

    What a great ocean road!

    January 11 in Iran

    We left Asaluyeh and the highway behind and the road was ours then. Just Gabriel, sleepy villages, the ocean and a fresh sea breeze, a few camels and turtles, and us. The villages were indeed so sleepy that we're afraid our tires on the gravel would wake the people up.

    The remarkable rocks, sharp ridges,
    formations reminding us of dinosaurs,
    picturesque beaches and palms tempted us to rest again and again and some laziness sneaked in. We went without pitching our tent from now on, sleeping under a clear sky, the sound of the sea in our ears, watching the fascinating, fluorescent microalgae in the waves, waiting for the green turtles to lay their eggs and counting falling stars to fall asleep.

    To be continued... :)
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  • Day150

    In der Nähe von Hajiabad

    October 3 in Iran

    Heute gibt es nicht viel zu erzählen, wir sind 320 km Richtung Süden gefahren. Auf einer Hochebene 1700 m , über einen Bergpass 2700 m und sind jetzt bei 1300 m. Ein Auflieger versperrte die Straße.

    Nach unserer Ankunft mussten noch ein paar kleinere Reparaturen erledigt werden und zum Abend haben wir von Sirius ( unserem lokalen Guide ) noch etwas persisch gelernt und später ein Lagerfeuer gemacht.

    Wir stehen in einem Eukalyptus Wald auf einem etwas verlassenen Campingplatz.
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  • Day151

    Persicher Golf

    October 4 in Iran

    Auf zum Persichen Golf, Teil des Indischen Ozean.

    Wir fahren wieder durch tolle Gebirgslandschaften die immer wieder anders aussehen.

    Langsam wird es immer wärmer, bei der Ankunft haben wir 39 Grad. Zum Glück weht etwas Wind.

    Am Meer angekommen springen wir erstmal ins Wasser. Türkisblau und Badewannen Temperatur.

    Man könnte stundenlang darin baden.

  • Day152

    Die Temperaturen hier am Golf sind schon eine Herausforderung. Gestern 39 und diese Nacht 30 Grad.

    Und das Wasser 34 Grad. Trotzdem morgens erst Mal in Wasser und als wir drin waren, kamen die Krebse an Land. Nahe ran ließen sie uns aber nicht.

    Dann sind wir weiter, und am Strassenrand sieht man hier viele Wasserreservoirs. Kuppelbauten über einem Tiefen Loch.

    Wieder etwas weiter lag links ein Werft. Wundervolle große Holzboote im alten Stil werden hier gebaut.Read more

  • Day2246

    Rucksacktouristen

    November 5, 2017 in Iran

    Die Mopeds verzurrt, die Tore verplombt und der Container bereit zum Verladen. Uns bleiben jetzt nur unsere Rucksäcke - diese haben wir für je 12€ das Stück beim Rucksackdealer ums Eck gekauft - und wir sind um eine neue Herausforderung reicher.
    Aber zum Anfang der Geschichte: Als wir am 04.10.2017 die Grenze zum Iran passierten, wussten wir, dass wir es nicht schaffen werden rechtzeitig nach Pakistan einzureisen. Auf Grund uuuunvorhersehbarer Verzögerungen bei der Beantragung unseres Iranvisums in der Türkei, konnten wir erst später als geplant in den Iran einreisen. Stefans Pakistanvisum war lediglich bis zum 10.10.2017 gültig. Damit wären genau 6 Tage zur Verfügung gestanden, um ein Land zu durchqueren, das etwa 4x größer ist als Deutschland. Da wir nicht bereit waren uns die Chance entgehen zu lassen, die Menschen, die Kultur und die Landschaft intensiv kennen zu lernen, entschieden wir uns die Dinge entspannt angehen zu lassen. Der Gedanke: Im pakistanischen Konsulat Teheran innerhalb 2-3 Tagen ein neues Visum für Stefan beantragen... Doch nachdem wir uns 4 Tage sowohl mit dem deutschen, als auch dem pakistanischen Konsulat rumärgerten, nahm uns der pakistanische Beamte letztlich die Luft aus den Reifen: "My friend, I'm sorry, we can't give you visa".....
    Damit waren die Pläne erst einmal (gefühlt) komplett über den Haufen geworfen, und wir hatten einen "kleinen" Schock zu verarbeiten. Eine schnelle Entscheidung war gefällt: Wir verschiffen nach sonstwohin! (um Pakistan herum ;)

    Nach gut 3 Wochen Reise durch eines der beeindruckendsten und schönsten Länder das wir bis dato kennenlernen durften, kamen wir mit absolut stabilem Halbwissen über Fahrzeugverschiffungen vom Iran nach Indien - dieses haben wir uns mit Hilfe von Google, diversen Foren und anderen Reisenden angeeignet - in der Hafenstadt Bandar Abbas an. Wie schon so oft auf unserer Reise durften wir einmal mehr lernen, dass der Zufall die besten Lösungen bereit hält.

    Die vollbepackte V-Strom 650 eines Kaliforniers machte uns auf eine der größten iranischen Reedereien aufmerksam. Ein wenig hartnäckiges Verhandlungsgeschick später und Dank der Sympathie des versammelten Cargo-Departements stand der Kontakt zum Forwarder unseres Vertrauens: Reza (verdammt guter Mann!)

    Mit ein wenig Hartnäckigkeit konnten wir erreichen, die Verzurrung unserer Gefährt(inn)en selbst erledigen zu dürfen und damit so beruhigt wie möglich das Flugzeug Richtung Indien besteigen zu können. (Das "zu Hause auf 2 Rädern" aus der eigenen Kontrolle zu geben sorgt für schweißperlen auf der Stirn...)
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  • Day2246

    Die Menschen machen den Unterschied!

    November 5, 2017 in Iran

    Es ist wie mit so vielen Dingen im Leben. Wir lassen uns leicht beeinflussen von fremden Meinungen, Erfahrungen und Berichten. Im Falle des Irans können wir aber nur die sehr positiven mit gutem Gewissen unterschreiben. Vor allem was die Menschen angeht haben sich die Vorhersagen unserer Freunde, Bekannten und Verwanten, die den Iran vor uns bereisten absolut bestätigt. "Das gastfreundlichste und hilfsbereiteste Volk, dass wir je kennenlernen durften." Absolut richtig!
    Kheyli Mamnun ihr Perser für all die Gastfreundschaft die wir erfahren durften!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Hormozgan, هرمزجان, هرمزگان, ホルモズガーン州, Хормозган, Ҳурмузгон, Hürmüzgan, 霍爾木茲甘省

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