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A phone call from an archaeological site

July 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Ed has just called in from an untouched archaeological site just off the road from Tehran to Esfahan.  He hoped that his father, who graduated some decades ago in classical archaeology, might know where they were: describing a walled town, with granaries, ovens, and working water mills and pottery lying everywhere.   The only advice the father good give was not to be arrested for stealing archaelogical artefacts. Sound advice as the the thought had fleetingly crossed their young minds.

The generosity of the Iranian people has left the boys in awe:  the taxi driver who tells them to cross the road to take another taxi ‘because it would be cheaper as I would have to go a kilometre in the wrong direction’; the student who showed them round Tehran and insisted on paying their bus fares; the brother in law of a friend who let them use his laptop.

The boys have studiously avoided being drawn into political conversation but note that there is a sense of revelling in isolation; while ordinary people do not understand why they are portrayed as ‘evil’.  ‘Why do you think we are terrorists?’ is a common question.  ‘We don’t’ is the only reply.

The plans are to move from Esfahan to Persopolis and then the long way round back up to Turkmenistan on 2 August which is when their visa allows them in.

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  • 1 Lisa // Jul 29, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Wonderful couple of days of posts, guys. I can sympathise with your feelings in Iran. Thanks for keeping us all part of the action.

  • 2 Peter B // Jul 30, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I second Lisa’s comments. Great to be able to follow you day by day in your adventures.

    Peter

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