Is it safe to travel to Iran?

Is Iran safe? Is it safe to travel there alone as a girl? What is it like having to wear hijab and covering your whole body?  These are questions I’ve been getting multiple times a day during my month here in Iran. The question about what it’s like having to wear hijab and following Iran’s dress code comes as often from local people as from people outside of Iran. I know this is a very touchy and important subject for many people, and I will make a separate post discussing the clothing rules in Iran and my experience from wearing it along with what I’ve learned from my friends who live here and also from the one’s who have emigrated from Iran to other countries. First and foremost, is Iran safe to travel to? Yes, yes and yes. Despite of having a government most of the people disagree with and in a lot…

Food culture in Iran [“Typical Iranian main dishes are combinations of rice with meat (such as lamb, chicken, or fish), vegetables (such as onions and various herbs), and nuts. Fresh green herbs are frequently used, along with fruits such as plums, pomegranate, quince, prunes, apricots, and raisins.…

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You wouldn’t think this was in Iran

In north of Iran in Mazandarin Province I found paradise. I went by car with a couple of Iranian friends who wanted to show me some of their favourite places. Getting to these locations does require a car, and a four wheel drive is not only recommended but in the mountains of Mazichal I think it’s almost required. You CAN do it with a small car but there will be bumps so get an off road car if possible. Or you could hike up there. We started from Tehran around 9-10 in the morning taking the gorgeous Chalus Road. We did both of these locations, finishing as the sun went down. It was a perfect day trip but next time I will bring a tent and camp up at Mazichal. Mazandaran Province, north of Iran Chalus Road Valasht Lake Mazichal Directions

Timor-Leste Day 1

During my month in Canggu, Bali, I had mentioned that I was going to Timor-Leste a few times to my friends at the coworking space Dojo Bali. I sold the destination so well that 2 days before leaving, one of my friends decided to book the flights and come with me! My guest house didn’t accept payment with credit cards and I didn’t have enough cash on me. It was around 05.40 in the morning when I went to check out. After the guy at reception wrote the receipt, he noticed me holding my credit card and he said they can’t take card. I didn’t have 170US£ worth of Indonesian Rupiah and my car that would take me to the airport was just about to arrive. Fortunately, after he phones his boss, I got the email adress so I could pay it via PayPal. It was obviously my fault that I…

2017 Travel Plans

So far in 2017 I have been to: England were I got stuck for New Years Eve on my way to the Philippines and ended up staying a couple of days with friends. The Philippines where I spend almost a month traveling to Cebu, Coron and El Nido. Highlight was the Island Hopping tour. Singapore was only supposed to be a stopover for a couple of days on my way to Malaysia, but I loved it so much I stayed a couple of nights extra. Malaysia where I went to the national park Taman Negara for 4 days and explored the nature and wildlife of the Malaysian jungle. Sweden is my home country and I went back here to take care of our family’s dog and a few other things before I headed out into the world again for good. France was a spontaneous trip I made for 5 days before I flew…