After arriving in Tehran a few days back I discovered that Facebook, Twitter and other fun sites are thoroughly blocked, just as suspected. So I had a coffee and took the next flight to Shiraz, the lovely city in the south of Iran, on a holy quest to find the perfect kebab.
So here I am, spending the days getting lost in the bazaar, visiting lots of shrines and trying to find decent coffee. I really like the people here, they are very friendly and eager to get their hands on mp3 music from westerners. And as always, don’t mention the war.
Even though the city of Shiraz has much to offer, there are also many interesting things a few hours away. The magnificent ruins of Persepolis north of Shiraz are not to be missed. Since Xerxes sacked Athens in 480 BC (after defeating 300 Spartans earlier at Thermopylae), it was probably inevitable that Alexander the Great had to burn Persepolis to the ground in retaliation 150 years later. Traces of fire are still visible on the columns of the Apadana in Persepolis.
So far the ice cream has been approved by yours truly. Now it’s time to go hunting for some more kebab. See you later.
Update: After having tried the various kebab dishes in a dozen towns, I hereby send the Best Kebab title to Gods Restaurant (aptly named), located at Imam Reza Street in Mashhad.