cheesy movies on the road

I’m on the road, and with limited Internet access: so I’m posting a previously written piece that I wrote right before the Iranian election.

Please wait a couple of days for updates directly from my Iranian friends on the demonstrations etc.

Iran is a relatively vast country (1.6m Km²): Tehran, its capital, is some 460 Km distant to Esfahan, towards the south. By bus, the main means for transport, it takes around 7h, and it costs the incredible amount of USD$ 5.5.

Buses stop regularly on main points, like Qom (pronounced Ghom), the second most religious place in Iran, after Mashad.

Here you can see the “bus stop”, in the middle of the road:

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bus stop near Qom
bus stop near Qom

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Buses are normally Volvos, and quite modern, I may say.

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volvo bus
volvo bus

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This first one I took even had Persian rugs for us to seat on: a real taste of Persia!!

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Persian rugs on our seats
Persian rugs on our seats

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But here comes the drawback: during almost the entire journey, they keep a tremendously cheesy film going on. No need to say that we cannot choose not to watch it, or at least not to listen to it. Actually, it is quite LOUD !!!! Anoing …. But one must just relax, and dive into the culture… At least it’s quite different!

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cheesy movie -- and LOUD
cheesy movie — and LOUD
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