Garth and I left at 9am and travelled the short distance to the boarder, we arrived at 9.45am and it took about 40 mins to get out of Turkey, again, the kind border guard didn’t want me to pay the speeding fines:) I leave Turkey with many great memories.
We passed through the gate from Turkey to Iran and the guards smiled and said ‘welcome’. Hossein who helped get the visa and has the guest house where we are staying tonight meet us and helped us through the entry processes. Garth had an easier passage than me as being Canadian his government obviously hasn’t such bad relations with Iran as our British government does! I had my passport and visa checked and stamped and the carnet completed. What I had to do as a British passport holder was have my finger prints taken. I didn’t mind and forgot to add my passport number to the document where I added my prints which I seemed to smudge, silly me!
Our guide, Aidin was also waiting for us at the boarder, after about 1 hour we entered Iran with beaming smiles. We briefly stopped outside the boarder to take a few photos and everyone rushed over welcoming us to Iran and asking where we were from. A group of young lads were overly eager and started climbing on my bike.
We followed Hossein in his car and Aidin followed us in his and in convoy we rode the 40 mins to the town of Urmia, we stopped momentarily and a man stopped his car and came over asking questions and asked if we would like to stay with him, we explained that we had a place for the night and he insisted on giving us his details in case he could help us in any way whilst we were in Iran.
We chilled out at Hossein’s Guest House and later went out to experience Iran for the fist time. I’m now a millionaire as I changed up about £150 for a over 7,000,000 Rials. My first purchase was a sheepskin for my bike seat.
I won’t be able to do any Facebook updates (hooray, I hear you cheer) as it doesn’t work here.
Contact details for Hossein;
Facebook – Hossein’s Guest House