Through the desert

Camel riding, Iran

From Yazd it is possible to do a few excellent day trips to nearby places of interest. Instead of doing this, we combined visits to these places with a longer drive into the desert past Garmeh for an overnight two day tour finishing up in our next destination- Esfahan. We took in some very cool little villages, camel riding, an overnight stay in a desert guest house, then the following day had a stop at Naiin. It was a lot of driving in the […]

Mystics, Sand Castles & Citadels.

Kaluts, Iran

Together with our couchsurf host Amir and the two German couchsurfers also staying with him, George & Leonie, we went on a fantastic day trip to three famous places in Kerman province: Mahan, Rayen & The Kaluts (desert). The first was Mahan, to see the Bagh-e Shahzde Gardens, built in 1873. Descriptions in the Lonely Planet say arriving here ‘is like being beamed onto a different planet… all flowing qanat water and tall green trees.’ We were, however, completely underwhelmed. The fountains which lead […]

Qeshm Highlights

Stars Valley, from above

Valentine’s Day this year was amazing! Not particularly romantic or anything but we had a day off workawaying and our host Annelie was kind enough to take us and two other volunteers (Milan & Eugene) on a fabulous tour of the major sights on Qeshm island. I’ll let the pictures do the talking in this post and provide a few bits of information on each place (thanks to the Lonely Planet Iran (2012) Persian Gulf section). Our first stop was a small shop near […]