Tehran is a place of controversy and contradictions. Many people have a strong opinion about the city without ever placing their feet on the pavement. I’m here to find out the real story.

The capital of Iran is bordering the Alborz mountains, visible from many places in the city. Tehran is the largest city in the Middle East and it really lived up to the name as we passed lots of blocks and it just never seemed to end.

Reine in Tehran Reine in the streets of Tehran.

Even though foreigners is a rare commodity in the city, people mostly tend to leave us alone (with a few notable exceptions). We walk along the streets, find our way in the metro tunnels and buy coffee for an mind-boggling number of bills. People are of course very curious who we are and why we are there, but mostly kept to staring and gazing.

Azari tea house, Tehran Azari teahouse in Tehran.

We went to Azari tea house near the train station. Of course we were the only foreigners and got a lot of attention. Had delicious kebab while we enjoyed a performer on stage who was very skilled with a hand drum. The happy waiter dropped tons of tea on our table until we had to ran away.


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