In Iran, Friday is the « weekend » of the week. This Friday was 28 Safar, the death ceremony of holy Prophet Muhammad. It was an important day in Muslim world I think. When I took a walk in the morning, there was almost no traffic, which was quite rare in Iran. Normally the traffic here is as busy as that in many Chinese cities. After living in Belgium for a while, I seem to lose my skill of cross streets within heavy traffics. I felt relaxed wandering around, the only bad thing was most shops were closed. Yet for me, seeing the streets and where people heading to on a religious holiday was already interesting enough and still I was able to find some tasty cheesecakes :)
In the afternoon, I made a spontaneous plan to the Persepolis but unfortunately I wasn’t smart enough to check the opening days of the site. After waiting 40 minutes in the bus terminal and the half hour minibus ride to Marvdasht, plus a taxi ride of 20 minutes to persepolis, only to find it was closed. I was disappointed of course. Here is the only glance I took at Persepolis at sunset.
It turned out I wasn’t the only one who did a wasted trip there. When I felt kinda disappointed, then all of a sudden, there was an Iranian family who approached to me, asking why I was by myself (the most common question I got from the warm-hearted Iranians during my whole trip) and if I want photos. Firstly I said no, I guess because I was quite disappointed. But the daughter Mojdeh started some random talks with me. It turned out she just started her study in French language at Tehran University. Mojdeh was nice to offer me a lift back to Shiraz. On the way Mojdeh told me she wanted to study French because later she wants to live in Canada and how she loves heavy metal music and hates the traditions in Iran. A truly interesting girl.
That was how my Friday went. I missed Persepolis but at least I got the bus schedule and can go back any time these days. The most important is I had a chill and relaxed walk around the city and made a friend on the way.
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