Unique Experiences in the City of Shiraz

Getting to Shiraz, our next destination after Qeshm Island, went a lot less smoothly than it should’ve. What should’ve been a 7-hour bus ride, turned out to be a 19-hour bus ride, because the bus driver took the longest detour ever and then the bus broke down at 1 AM in the middle of a deserted highway. When we eventually got to Shiraz, 12 hours…

Exploring the Desert City of Yazd

In the evening after exploring Esfahan, we caught a bus to the city of Yazd, which took five hours and got us there at 1 AM. Exhausted from lack of sleep from the last couple of days and both of us getting a cold, we slept until 10 AM the next morning. It was nice to finally be able to catch up on sleep and…

Esfahan: The Cultural Capital of the Islamic World

In the evening after our visit to Abyaneh, we caught a bus to the next city on our itinerary, the city of Esfahan. Esfahan is located on the old silk trading route and was once one of the largest and most important cities in the world. The city  flourished under the Safavid dynasty in the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was the capital of…

Arriving in Iran and Exploring Tehran

After meeting up at the airport in Istanbul, Steve and I boarded the plane to Tehran, the capital of Iran, and at 4.05 AM on January 13th, we arrived. When we arrived at the airport in Tehran, we had to go through a few things to get our Iranian visa. First, it’s obligatory to get medical insurance, which cost us both 16 USD. I think…

Going to Iran: Planning and Preparing

Iran is a country that has fascinated me for a long time. Especially after visiting Afghanistan in May 2016 and falling completely for the unrevealed culture and untouched nature of the northernmost part of the country, I just knew that I had to explore more countries in that region. Now the time has come for the 18th largest country in the world, Iran. Iran has…

Karakol: By the Eastern Tip of Issyk Kul Lake

After spending a few days in the Kyrgyz capital, it was time to take on a new city. Karakol is a city with 75.000 inhabitants, located near the Issyk Kul Lake in the easternmost corner of Kyrgyzstan. Karakol is a top destination for travellers in Kyrgyzstan due to the amazing and diverse nature found in the area, and because of this, we decided to spend…

A Perplexing Visit to Brunei

Brunei Darussalam is a small, oil-rich country on Borneo that most people don’t ever visit or even hear about in their lifetime. Despite the fact that Brunei is not known for any major sights or nature, I decided to pay the small sultanate a visit while I was travelling through Borneo. Brunei has one of the highest standards of living in Asia and has a…