Accessing Social Media in Iran

Before your trip to Iran, you may worry about all the blocked media and wonder how to connect with your family or loved ones and share the world you are in. Accessing social media in Iran is not that hard that you have heard. Some of these apps are blocked, but Iranians always find a […]

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Similarities Between Italy and Iran

After living in Iran for almost one month, I have started to observe lots of similarities between Iranians and Italians. Although our cultures differ in so many aspects, I could notice that there are so many similarities in the way we live our daily life. The first thing I’ve noticed is that food is extremely […]

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Exercise in Iran

If you feel the need to burn some calories and exercise a bit while visiting Iran, you will have several options. Heading to the park will be your first one: Iranian parks are equipped with lots of gear for activities and, especially in the evening or early morning, you’ll see many young and old people […]

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Smoking in Iran

As a woman and as smoker, one of the first things that concerned me before coming to Iran was if I would be allowed to smoke here. Don’t worry, yes you can smoke in Iran but not everywhere and as freely as we are used to in Europe. This means it will be good both […]

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Attari and Herbal Medicine in Iran

Iranians have long used traditional and natural remedies to cure all sort of illnesses. The tradition of herbal medicine goes back several thousand years and recently there has been a sudden growth in Attaris, shops selling medicinal or culinary plants and herbs. The Middle East is known as one of the most well practicing regions […]

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What are the Common Iranian Entertainments?

To answer the questions regarding entertainments and activities we have to breakdown people into different age groups: For Teens and younger: the most common entertainments and activities among people under the age of 18 are physical activities (playing sports with friends), playing video games and participating in family gatherings, trips and picnics. For 18-34 year […]

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Iran Flowers Culture

Being a vast land with very varied climatic conditions, Iran is one of the largest producers of ornamental flowers in the world. Iran’s soil is home to almost any type of flower and plant in various regions of the country. The national flower of Iran, and also the most popular flower world-wide, is the red […]

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Jajim

Rugs and carpets have an important role in iran’s artistic past. Jajims are a type of handcrafted rug, usually woven from cotton or wool, and recognised by their vertical stripe patterns that give them a rainbow-like appearance. Unlike other kinds of rugs and carpets, weaving on horizontal looms is easier due to its speed and […]

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Iran: Expectations vs. Reality

Think of Iran. Now stop. What was on your mind? Expectation: Iran is a barren land that’s hot all year round Reality: Iran has four seasons and a variety of landscapes Snow-dusted mountains in the village of Abyaneh.         The greenery in Masuleh, a quaint town in the Gilan Province of Iran. […]

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Taarof – A Concept You Have to Know While Traveling in Iran

The thing about Taarof is that it can put you (and a local) in an awkward situation if you’re not familiar with it. Many social behaviors in Iran are influenced by the tradition of Taarof, which involves politeness as a form of respect. It is form of exaggerated politeness. Should you encounter a shopkeeper or […]

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Iranian Toilets

Iranian Toilets: Say YES to Squat Toilets First world travellers, embrace the squat toilets in Iran! It may feel strange and uncomfortable at first, but just quit whining – the natural squatting position is good for your bowel movements. Be sure that there are no urinals anywhere. (You can do an extensive search: at the […]

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Persian Language

Persian language: This applies to all countries that you travel to, really. Learning some Persian words (and also the numerals) will go a long way. Greet someone by saying “salam” and thank them by saying “merci”. Some cool words you can use include “chandeh” which means how much, “baleh” which means yes, and “khosh-mazeh” which […]

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