Iran Tour Guide: Students, Hospitality, Hotels

December 3, 2011

The mass media tell big lies about Iran and Iranians. Many don’t know that Iran’s regime is a medieval regime that the western politicians support it, while Iran’s people are modern and nice people that are victim of the western hypocrisy. You can ask yourself why the mass media tell big lies, but here I don’t want to answer it. Here I want to write about the basic facts that even the stupid Iranian expats tell lie about it. These bastards still live in 1970s, and know nothing about today’s Iran. They mislead non-Iranians and disgrace Iranians inside Iran. Iran is full of ancient cities, and even in the small towns you can find historical sites, Persian generosity and hospitality, and also modern and educated boys and girls, and of course signs of a medieval regime with a few supporters, i.e. less than 10% of Iranians. Even in the small towns (like Shushtar, Dezful, Andimeshk, etc) you can see what the Iranian baboons or the western mass media tell about Iran is a big lie. A German tourist writes: “In Dezful, when a man drove by on his motorcycle asking if he could take my picture I could not have cared less. I did not smile either. It was just too hot. I hate heat. It was 37 degrees Celsius in the shade. I look red when I just think red. But when it is 37 degrees, I have walked around for 2 hours mid-day, and I find myself in long sleeves and under a black woolen scarf, I look fire-hydrant red and ill and I feel like I am going to die. Five minutes later that man came back with his wife in tow. Did I want to come to their house for tea and some food? I really must have looked pitiful. I did not even do the Iranian polite decline. I accepted. Their living room was shady, a fan was going and I got tea, an orange, an apple, and some chocolate and by the time I was ready to leave two scarves were piled up in front of me and three Iranian coins. I did more than the three polite declines, but was forced to accept it all. Once again, it is hard to describe the hospitality and generosity of all the people I meet. That was Nasser and Mahnos and their son Mohammed. None of them spoke English. Mohammed found a phrase book and read phrase after phrase to me [!!] So, we had some good laughs. Mahnos was relaxed, short-sleeved and without any head cover until I asked to take a photo with her” [1] Do you think how many Iranians have seem a small town like Dezful in the southern Iran? less than 5% ! But even those tourists who go to these small towns in Iran, can see signs of the Persian Culture and Persian Civilization.


Some tourists say: “Perhaps the best way we can illustrate Iranian generosity is to ask you to think of how often, in your travels in other countries, have you been invited in to people’s homes to eat with their family?” Fortunately, or unfortunately, Iranians love other people, specially the westerners ! A British woman writes: “You really can’t get away from people talking to you in Iran, mostly its good, although the constant “hello, where are you from” from about every 5th person who passes you can get a bit frustrating. In Esfahan, one day I spent a couple of hours in the square trying to write postcards, I was very over talking to people after spending about an hour with a constant stream of people introducing themselves to me and talking to me abut Iran. I was trying to hide under tree’s and in corners but somehow people found me[!] Basically everywhere you go people invite for tea, stuff you with food and give you their phone number in case you get into any trouble. And the great difference in Iran is that it isn’t exclusively males that talk to you.”[4] It’s really the true image of Iranians. She also adds: “I was crossing the street at a busy intersection that has a little police kiosk, they have loudspeakers and are constantly talking to the traffic, once as I walked past, I heard “Hello” over the loud speaker”[4] And a German woman writes: “In Andimeshk, at the bus station I met a group of female university students. They asked the ever same question: Where are you from? Where are you going? Lucky I, one of the students was on her way to Shushtar, the same town that was my goal. I don’t know how I would have found my way around without her (Roya). Roya lead on and all I had to do was follow. In Shushtar, her father picked her up and the two of them dropped me off at my hotel. Smooth sailing all along. Not surprisingly, Roya declared that she would come to the hotel at 9am in the morning to show me around Shushtar. I didn’t ask for that, nor did she leave me much of an option to decline. Her English is minimal, but she has a translator function in her cell phone! She is pulling phrases out of that which helped us to communicate”[1]


Do you know how many Iranians have seen the small town of Andimeshk or Shushtar? less than 5% ! But the majority of young girls and boys in these small towns, like other parts of Iran, are university students who are smarter and wiser than many stupid Iranian expats. In fact, Iran is full of university educated men and women, and the majority of Iranians are young, educated, and anti-Mullahs. The German woman adds: “In Shoushtar, I met four girls at the water shoots who wanted to talk to me. And within a few minutes I had an invitation to join them for lunch. They seemed prepared with a huge picnic basket which they had lugged here all the way from Ahvaz, where they were from. One of them spoke English and translated back and forth. How could I refuse an opportunity to hang out with some women? By now I knew the town better than they did and directed them to a courtyard in a beautifully restored Khouzestan villa. A huge tree shaded the yard. We sat, ate and chatted for a good two hours” [1] The world should know the true image of today’s Iran. Unfortunately, the Iranian baboons and the stupid Iranian expats and the western mass media talk nonsense about Iran, and mislead the non-Iranians. These stupid bastards are worthless mercenaries who kiss the Mullahs’ ass or the western politicians’ ass, or both asses. Iran’s regime will change soon, only because the majority of Iranians inside Iran are young and educated boys and girls who live like other parts of the modern world. The world should care about the young and modern Iranians inside Iran, and should boycott the Iranian baboons and the stupid Iranian expats who are worthless jerks. The German woman adds: “In Shush, Dazful, Andimeshk I could not see any satellite dishes on the rooftops. But they told me that they all have satellite dishes. Just not on their rooftops. If they were visible, the [Mullah] police would be knocking on their doors. So, everyone has it but nobody sees it. The old story: Put pressure on your kid, your students, your society and they will do exactly what you don’t want them to do behind your back, anyhow . What else is new? I am glad to hear that the Iranians are bypassing internet filters and are getting their hands on as much TV as they want” [1] It’s really true, and it’s the true image of today’s Iran.


An American tourist writes: “Iran wasn’t quite how I imagined it would be. A lot more developed, a lot more open, a lot more en mode. The people are very very curious; we had a full time job of answering the same question from strangers wherever we went: “Where you from?” and “what do you think of Iran?” We probably made more friends in Iran than in our entire journey elsewhere. Thanks to CouchSurfing (“CS”) -an online network of people volunteering to host travelers at their homes. It’s cultural integration through living with locals. We found the Irani community to be a very welcoming bunch, even for CS newbies like us who hardly have references from other CS members. Our most amazing experience was with our hosts in Tehran. They went out of their way to do things for us that really touched our hearts: checking schedules, booking tickets, printing maps, feeding us and packing a sandwich for our long overnight bus ride – all things we are eternally grateful for and will always remember. Meeting them for the first time was like meeting old friends (actually I don’t even think my friends would take care of us this well) and saying goodbye was tough. In Kerman, our hosts came to us with a big family welcome. Mama Sara fed us, spooning spatula after spatula of food, making sure our plates were always full and the rice or spaghetti pot empty. And here in Mashhad [the most religious city of Iran], our host wasn’t home when we arrived this morning but we didn’t wait in the cold. “Make yourself at home, the door-key is in the shoe” he told us over the phone. He even left his apartment in our care because he had to fly out tonight. “Stay as long as you like, just remember to switch off the gas and leave the keys when you go”. Speechless! The entire CS crew in Mashhad came out to meet us for dinner, what a pity we couldn’t stay longer. This type of hospitality is unheard of in the world I come from, where we learn to protect ourselves before helping others (covering your ass is the first lesson in surviving the corporate world). What a way to get under the skin of a country pounded by western media for all the wrong reasons”


As we said before, Iran has its own problems and stupidities. The Iranian hotels are among the stupidest things that the tourists can see in Iran. While many Iranian hotels have a building, decoration, or appearance like the western hotels, but their services, their prices, and their behaviors are among the worst in the world. It’s rare to find someone praises an Iranian hotel, but some praise an Inn in Tehran. Firouzeh is a cheap, old, and stupid Inn in Tehran’s cheapest area that is full of stores selling car parts ! Even Afghans or rural Iranians don’t go to an Inn like Firouzeh, but many western tourists call it “Hotel” and praise it !, because Lonely Planet recommends it! and because it has a good service. A German tourists writes: “Lonely Planet was right on the mark by recommending this hotel because of Mousavir’s one man show. Firouzeh is a 40 year old unremarkable, no star hotel in a loud Southern neighborhood [near Tehran Bazaar ! In fact, it’s a Guest House in AmirKabir St.] It has nothing but its low price going for it. But Mousavi turns it into something more valuable than any four star hotel by going beyond caring about his guest’s welfare. He will act as your travel agent making endless phone calls on your behalf, or as your bank when you need money and the banks are closed. When I told Mousavi that I was leaving per bus to Hamadan, he arranged for a taxi, found out that there is a special VIP bus station, made and confirmed the reservation, called me in the taxi to make sure we were on our way (he was not yet at work) and since we were running late due to heavy traffic, he called the bus company from home instructing them to wait for me! Wow! I have never had service like that“[1]. In, the tourists write: “Mousavi greeted us every morning with a smile. The staff was efficient, friendly and also greeted … The breakfast is good -ask for fried eggs instead of boiled- they taste divine … Mousavi is the Kindest and most helpful hotel manager in all of Iran. In fact, the best I’ve ever experienced”. The stupid managers of many Iranian hotels and Iranian businesses should learn from Mousavi that has a stupid and old Guest House in a very stupid location in Tehran. They should know that if they try to not be greedy and stupid, it would be better for themselves, their business, and their reputation. The beautiful hotels and Inns of Tehran should treat the tourists well, like this stupid and old Inn in a very stupid and dirty area of Tehran. The stupid prices and the stupid services of many Iranian hotels are really shameful and only disgrace Iran’s hotels.


Unfortunately many know nothing about the differences between Iran’s regime and Iran’s people. They only listen to the western mass media’s bullshits. It’s really shameful. Some even insult Iranians, and those who try to be nice and rude, say: “Iranians are nomadic tribes and have nomadic roots”! The main source of this misunderstanding is that many don’t read history. Those who talk nonsense about Persia and many other parts of the world, don’t know that the story of civilization began in 10,000 or 15,000 years ago, not in 500 years ago ! And that’s why some funny Iranian nationalists say: “When your ancestors lived like animals and were barbarian tribes, our ancestors had big cities and a great civilization in Persia. Read history and then you would know who were barbarian and who had civilization”. The people should read history, specially books that have been written by the western scholars, and then they would know how Europeans and other nations lived in the past. As you know, the first humans lived a nomadic life, but after the first ages, they started agriculture and created cities and become civilized. And there is no doubt that the Persians became civilized thousands years before the westerners and many other nations. Only in the past 300 years, the west was more modern than Persia. A British tourist writes: “Yazd is officially the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Which makes it pretty damn old. Yazd was a different world. It was quiet and brown, very brown. The city is also home to some Zoroastrian sites, a religion that was the first monolithic religion in the world and thought to influence a lot of following religions -including Christianity” [4] In fact, those who talk nonsense about Persia are two groups: (1) Ignorant, unaware, or uneducated people (2)Bastards and those who often talk nonsense and tell big lies. The first group can easily read history and educate themselves. But the second group has not any solution, maybe except going to a mental hospital and resting for a while

[The pictures that you see here, are the pictures of Shomal]

for more information:

[1] Blog of a German woman who traveled to Iran in 2010

[2] Blog of two German guys who traveled to Iran in 2011

[3]Blog of a Swedish guy who traveled to Iran in 2010

[4 ] Blog of a British woman who traveled to Iran in 2010