So I think I last wrote to you from Iran the weeks are rolling by now not far short of two and a half months gone and already we're onto country number 12, Pakistan. After Esfehan in Iran we stopped at a couple more towns Yazd, Bam, and some ancient ruins at Persepolis all done under extreme temperatures even for me! Esfehan is regarded as one of the finest cities in the Islamic world and it was certainly the jewel of ancient Perdsia compared to some of the sights we have seen since! I will divulge later....
Yazd was very quaint although much of it was closed when we arrived being on a holy day, FRiday. We did our best to entertain ourselves playing cards in the courtyards of our two hotels whilst sipping on date milkshakes (by far the greatest shake I have ever tasted) both hotels had rooftops of which we slept on overnight it's just occured to me I may have already written that as I last logged on in Yazd anyway it was sound to sleep among the temple roofs as the photos will show. Our final stop in Iran was at Bam known as the mud city which was unfortunatley hit by an earthquake measuring 6.8 on 27/12/03 killing 26,000 people. Traditional methods are currently being used to rebuild the city but the 5 year plan set by the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organisation seems a little optimistic considering some parts looked as though the earthquake had just struck. The visit left us all feeling very sombre.
Back in the truck and onto the Pakistan border for our next camp quite literally at the bordsr gates, my group were on cook duty and we had an audience of several Iranian and Pakistan men watching our every move without a word, very surreal to be chopping up onions in such dangerous territory! The next morning even more eyes were upon as we tucked into fruit salad for breakfast and we then crossed into Pakistan and were then greeted by a desert sandstorm again in extreme temperatures. Unfortunately we were entering Pakistan in a conservative area so headscarfs were still on the agenda