Midnight Express: Iran to Turkey by Train

All aboard the Midnight Express (Tehran to Istanbul)

Iran is again catching its share of headlines. So it seemed as good a time as any to share the story of our exit from the country at the end of last year -- hopping a train en route from Tehran across the border to Turkey, then all the way to Istanbul. One of the finest and most surprising segments of our around-the-world journey. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Persian Carpets at the World’s Largest Covered Bazaar

tabriz rugs

An Iranian carpet, especially one from Tabriz, is worth more than gold. -- Our Iranian guide gives us an economics lesson in the old carpet section of the Tabriz bazaar.The largest bazaar in the Middle East. The world's largest covered market. A UNESCO World Heritage site. That's the Tabriz bazaar. And deep inside, old men, purveyors of grand old Persian … [Read more...]

Traveling to Iran as Americans: All You Need to Know

Audrey with Iranian Women - Masuleh, Iran

Traveling to Iran as an American citizen may sound complicated and dangerous. It’s not. We’re here to dispel the myths and answer the questions piling up in our inbox based on our visit to Iran just a few weeks ago.Our aim in the following Q&A is to answer actual reader queries and to help demystify the process of traveling to Iran. … [Read more...]

Western Iran Shapshots

Dan with Iranian Family - Kermanshah, Iran

We apologize for the silence on our blog over the last week. Our travels across Iran, while rich and deeply fulfilling, have teamed up with slow and censored internet, a blistering pace of full days that end late, and an attempt to process it all that feels like a slow drip.Now that we've dispensed with the excuses, we offer a few snapshots of our journey to … [Read more...]

Iran: Why We’re Going

Persian Architecture

This is the story of Iran, a country we once expected to visit last, as a final bow wrapped around a journey that tells the story of making human connections around the world. It's also an explanation of why we're going there this Friday. … [Read more...]