Yazd, Central Iran
Arrived into town about 8a.m the place is a little deserted of any kind of life.Today is Friday and is a day of praying so i'm persuming everyone is saying their prays before work today and probably that will not begin until the afternoon here due to the heat that is already rising so early in the morning.Even by my standards it's warm.
I left you rather abruptly last time,i will return to up-date my last blog entry.A quick taxi into town or so we thought,the taxi driver started heading in the wrong direction then some one bumped into him,when we gave him a business card showing where we needed to go he had to read it under the beam of his front head lights so we were glad to get close to our destination but i think he tried to over charge us by about 50p.Dinner was lovely by the way,it was our last night in Esfahan and we went to the Traditional Banquet hall in Emam square,i recommend it for local cuisine i had more than enough,that's mainly down to the fact i had my own along with a few leftovers from the others.The local meat balls that have no meat but a big juicey date in the middle with rice rolled around them were good along with aubergine stew and rice is to be recommended.It's not the easiest of places to find hence why i had to leave to show the others where to go.The entrance is through the bazaar and in through a little courtyard of workshops and shops.I shared my meal with Will and Polly who early in the day meet a local tradesman called Mohammad who has a shop on the square where he makes metal plates with traditional Iranian patterns so Mohammad joined us and we got to find a little out about life in Esfahan while he heard a little about our lives and got to practised his English which i have to say was very good.The rest of the party was Kirsty our chef/driver/admin person,my buddy Lorna,Rach and Thor.There was a few others who had arrived earlier so we got to have a look at what they had ordered and we joined them for tea later in the night.A lovely walk home in the cool night air from town finished off the night.
The following morning (Wednesday 23rd that is) early rise,up,packed onto truck heading out of town north east to the ancient city of Persepolis,breakfast was on the truck.Arrived sooner than we thought and pulled up outside the ruins of Persepolis but too late in the day to visit so bush camp it was cloce by not in the most wonderful of places but still we made the most of it.Had a filling meal and the evenings entertainment was scrabble which i won, 152points! and learnt a few moves of how to use a poi poi,coloured ribbons on the end of string that you make go in circles one for each hand.
Thursday morning we were up and at the ancient steps of Persepolis by 8 and spent a few hours strolling through the ruins of what once was an amazing city.The carvings and majestic heights of the columns still exist for us today,among the greastest ancient ruins however not as breath taking as Rome or the Collosseum but that is just my opinion.
Last night we bush camped outside of a town(Yazd) in the desert.I saw my first camel spider last night,their quick on their feet the ones i saw were realitively small but were scurrying about the place causing a little panic amongst some of us.I did wonder in amazement when i first saw one,the next time i squealled and ran away and the next time i threw water on one.I am now prepared for them.
I believe we are in modest accomadation tonight,i haven't seen it as yet but we are sleeping on the terrace of a hotel building under the moonlight sky tonight with the promise of a shower in the morning.However i have seen the menu and looking forward to my evening meal.
Tomorrow we begin a two day journey towards the border of Pakistan it will be bush camping all the way.So maybe by Monday i will cross the border into another country,we may get delayed so we are all preparing ourselves for the wait.Then we are hoping to stay three weeks in Pakistan but that changes on a daily bases.If Pakistan is anything like Iran it will be even more wonderful,looking forward to meeting the locals.
Just to remind you all no phone coverage until i get to India so keep e-mailing i look forward to hearing whats happening.
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