Comments on: Western Iran Shapshots travel wide, live deep Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:47:41 +0000 hourly 1 By: Around the World in 7 Links — Angela Fox Petersen Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:29:35 +0000 […] links: Find out more about why they went to Iran and see some photos of Western Iran to satisfy your curiosity about what Iran really looks […]

By: Et si Iran ne rimait pas avec Satan - One Chaï Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:27:48 +0000 […] (des Américains en Iran, si W savait ça) et nous parlent à travers quelques instantanés de l’ouest de l’Iran (c’est en […]

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By: Iowa Voice - Birds | Bugs | Photos | Travel | Food Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:40:52 +0000 […] Added February 4, 2014: Great photos from a trip to Western Iran over at Uncornered Market. […]

By: Audrey Scott Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:23:27 +0000 @Helen: So glad that you stumbled upon our Iran articles after finding us through a SE Asia search. Thanks for your kind words about what we’re doing by sharing stories like this so others may see places and people with new eyes. We were only in Kermanshah for a short time, but we found people incredibly friendly. It would be wonderful to return to Iran and have more time to spend in smaller towns like this. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.

By: Helen Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:48:51 +0000 I was looking for information about Southeast Asia and found your site. As a British woman married to an Iranian for 30 years, I have found your experience of Iran fascinating and heart-warming. I have only visited Iran twice and both times were wonderful. My husband is from Kermanshah so to see that rarely seen side of Iran from your perspective is great. The kindness and hospitality shown to visitors is, in my view, second to none. What a wonderful job you are doing, opening peoples eyes to people and cultures that we may never experience ourselves. Thank you

By: Daniel Noll Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:20:19 +0000 @Koroush: That’s our intent, in general and with our visit to Iran specifically, is to show the human side of places we visit.

For you, and other readers of this thread about Iran, be sure to check out this brief article about the Iranian people:

By: Koroush Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:25:54 +0000 As an Iranian, I must be grateful for a non-Iranian showing some beautiful pictures of Iran. Today it’s rare to find anyone who cares anything about Iran or it’s people. Although it’s obvious that many problems that Iran is faced with is political, though we generally believe what our leaders tell us to be true, the truth is that individually Iranian’s are peaceful people who just like to enjoy life!

By: Audrey Scott Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:26:26 +0000 @Catherine: I agree with Dan regarding solo female travel in Iran – I don’t think you’d have any difficulties nor would it be unsafe (as long as you take regular precautions you’d take anywhere). What I noticed about the two women in our group who were sometimes off on their own exploring was that they were often “adopted” by people who wanted to help them, buy them gifts, take care of them — not in a creepy way, but in a protective and kind way. I found people to be rather respectful towards foreign women. I haven’t been to Syria or Egypt, but I can’t imagine it would be more difficult than those countries.

Let us know if you decide to go and we can help with advice and planning!

By: Daniel Noll Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:08:17 +0000 @Amy: There’s a lot more coming — of people and sites across Iran. Stay tuned!

@Sam: More coming. If photos are especially your thing, stay tuned for our website redesign early next year.

@Hopskip: Thank you! Iran wasn’t dangerous in the least — at least not any more noticeably than anywhere else we’ve traveled.

@JoAnna: That was our goal in going to Iran, especially at this time. Not a place where much in the way of reality on-the-street impressions (from ordinary people) are coming out. We are hoping to help change that.

@Claire: I’m glad that we are able to help break through on Iran. Hopefully, one photo and one story at a time, we can help add some other voices to the discourse on Iran.

@Erik: More coming, including Iranian food and a bunch of UNESCO sites.

@Miranda: Glad we could help inspire, plant a seed of a future visit to Iran!

@Sutapa: I’m so glad we had an opportunity to see the Tomb of Esther. It’s not an especially popular or must-see site, but how it’s taken care of (and that it’s Esther) make it fascinating and worth a visit. As for its appearance, the outside of the tomb probably dates from the late 1800s. With any of these tombs, they’ve been built, rebuilt and maintained over the centuries.

Esther’s tomb is right next to Mordecai’s (Esther on the left, Mordecai on the right)

To your question regarding why the tomb’s preservation isn’t’ publicized more, we asked ourselves this question about so many things. It’s just not exciting enough or deemed newsworthy enough. In fairness to the news cycle, however, media does report whenever students threaten to tear the tomb down (as they are apt to do whenever Israel does something to irritate them).

Excellent questions.

@Chris: The Iranian people are certainly happy, or happy enough in face of the sorts of challenges they have to deal with. And yes, the eyes in Iran — as anywhere else — do say so much.

@DJ: Glad you enjoyed them. Iran is an amazing and surprising place to visit.

@Amer: Thank you. I’m glad you enjoy our style of coverage. The Middle East and Central Asia can use all it can get of this type of coverage, the sort that focuses on ordinary life and not on the exceptional and the extreme.

@Andrea: Fava beans are huge! And they are exceptionally tasty, particularly the way they are served in Iran.

Vegetarians in Iran would have a difficult but not impossible time. There’s a heavy leaning toward meat and kebabs throughout the country. However, if you look hard enough, you can find vegetables, vegetarian stews and soups. From our travels, I’d suggest that the northwest probably contains the best culinary options for vegetarians.

Stay tuned for am upcoming complete Iranian food post, including food for vegetarian travelers!

@Catherine: We do remember! (And very coincidentally, we were recently sharing with some other travelers our conversations with you regarding solo female travelers in places like India.)

Regarding solo female travel in Iran, we can recommend it. However, I’ll allow Audrey to respond to that more in depth in a comment of her own. I think she’s also going to write about the subject of women in Iran (travelers and Iranians) in an upcoming post.

@Faruque: Thank you! Great to hear from you. More coming soon.