Rumi wisdom…

Listen with ears of Tolerance. See through eyes of Compassion. Speak with the language of Love ~ Rumi This mural was painted by a workawayer on the wall of the accommodation at the restaurant in Qeshm, Iran, where I workawayed (twice). Sarah C from Ireland painted this in January 2017 and chose the quote with the host Annelie… it’s another of Rumi’s wise sayings! The art reflects Southern Iran… camels, desert, and a woman in typical Bandari dress. I love it!

Workawaying in Iran

Enjoying the entertainment at the Restaurant

Imagine my excitement when I first heard about the workaway website, clicked on it and saw a place in Iran profiled on the homepage! It wasn’t just any old place either… it was a restaurant on a beach! What a cool location and a great opportunity to be more than a tourist in this most fascinating country! I wrote to the host almost immediately (this was July 2015) and she must have thought it slightly odd to get a request to workaway with them […]

Dolphin Spotting with Hadi

Hadi is an Iranian with a dream to emigrate to Denmark. I met him and his pregnant wife Sheyda at the restaurant we were workawaying at in Qeshm Island. They are friends of our host Annelie’s, and a truly lovely couple. Antony and I were invited to their home where we enjoyed a delicious meal and their lovely company. Their English was good and Hadi could even speak a little Danish. It was rather funny for me to see Hadi’s Danish workbook. He attended […]

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 […]

‘Dangerous’ Iran

One of the many friendly Iranians we met. This camel farmer stopped on the beach in Qeshm to talk with us for quite a while. He even recited poetry... about love and longing.

The first major stop in our year long adventures was Iran, which has been the country of my dreams for about 15 years. I don’t know why exactly I have wanted so much to visit this country and learn its language, but the fact was I did. I guess meeting wonderful Iranians living in Denmark back in 2001 was what started the interest. Studying ‘Politics of the Middle East’ and ‘Islam, Politics and the challenge of terrorism’ courses at Otago University fuelled the fire, […]