Saturday, August 23, 2014

Travelling in Iran

My first visit into Iran started by a long bus drive from Yerevan to Tabriz. Although it was 34 degrees outside, the temperature inside bus was pleasant +20. When arriving at Tabriz at 1 AM in the night the search for the hotel is a challenging task. Fortunately there was one hotel - Koshar - open and there were room for 5 people available. Me and Swiss guy took the room and we got it even a bit cheaper. Swiss guy, Rafael, had been travelling already 5 months and Iran would be his last country to visit. He had planned to travel in Iran 1 month.


Stone-carved bedroom in Laleh - hotel

Nearby Tabriz is located Kandovan village, which is famous for the people living inside the rock. They have carved their own rooms and houses onto rock and are living there all year round. Nowadays there's even hotel, Laleh, which offers the same experience of sleeping in a carved room.


With arabs in a museum

I have been asked constantly to be photographed by the locals. National museum couple of Arabs from Iraq wanted me to be in a same photo.


Street musicians on a street of Tabriz

Today I was having my first performance as a street musician with the traditional sitar instrument. Perhaps I could earn my living in this way, playing sitar at the streets of Tabriz and being photographed.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

On a Gulf of Bothnia

The paddling trip to Gulf of Bothnia was my last one for this summer season. I had only two daymarks to be visited there and I managed to visit on both of them despite of the constant thunder storms.


The Poroluodonkari - daymark was about 10 km away from the mainland. The paddling was easy and nice with slight tailwind. I landed on the southern tip of the island on a small harbor. After short walk to the highest point of the island I saw the daymark. When paddling back to mainland there were lightning and thunder all around me, but I was lucky and got back to the car before it started rain and thunder. What a close call!


The next day I headed onto Ulkokrunni - island, which is located 20 km from the mainland. It's really remote and there's no coverage for the mobile network. The islands are protected and the only time of the year, when it's possible to visit the islands is 15.7-31.8. Just before Ulkokrunni - island there's a ship-road to Kemi, where huge cargo vessels operates. I nearly hit one Trans Atlantic ship !

Ulkokrunni was my 29th daymark, only 8 daymarks left...