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Farsi survival dictionary: the language guide you will need to travel around Iran

Planning a trip to Iran? Well, there is something you should know and is that all the people that you meet will be really happy that you visit their country and would love to speak with you, but since they don’t speak much English, they will not be able to do so. That’s why I started this helpful survival dictionary, that allowed us and will allow you not to miss out on one of the best parts of Iran: its people. So as I did already other times with other languages, here I bring you the most used and useful...
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Wild wonderful nature in Almaty province

We heard great things about the province of Almaty and we have to say that not only we were not disappointed, but actually amazed. In the city itself, besides a couple of churches, some parks and markets where to walk around, there is not much to see. What it is indeed very impressive and interesting to explore are all the natural places that surround it. So many different landscapes, from high mountains to flat lands and from lakes to canyons. So make the former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty, your base for one week or more and move around the province...
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How to get the Visa On Arrival for Oman at the border with the UAE

In this post I will explain you how I went from United Arab Emirates to Oman by land and, although it may seem impossible, how much it cost me to get someone to stamp an Omani visa in my passport, even though I was already in their soil.   Countries that can get the visa at the border If your passport is from any of the other GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates) or New Zealand you will not need a visa to enter the country. For all the citizens of the European Union, as...
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Top4(+1) indispensable applications for traveling to Iran

If you intend to travel to Iran and spend good and a lot of time with the people of the country, let me tell you the applications that you will need in order to do it. No, I will not be a bore talking about applications like Couchsurfing, but about few of them that the Iranians use daily and that you should be aware of and download them ALREADY!   1 – VPN The first was obvious, right? Maybe it will not help you to contact at the moment with locals but to do it once you have left their...
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How to get online in Iran

When one has in mind to travel to Iran, he already knows in advance that much of the Internet he usually uses will be censored. The question you ask yourself then is, is it possible to bypass the blockade? If you are one of the privileged who is preparing your trip to go imminently, calm down, I will teach you the trick that all Iranians themselves use to be able to navigate wherever they want.   What websites are blocked? Basically all the ones who can get you too much in contact with the outside world. That may well be...
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Lost in the mountains, lost in the history… Abyaneh

One of the towns we liked the most in Iran was, as is often the case, one of which we had barely no idea that it existed at the beginning of the journey. Although it is quite internationally well known lately, it got us a little by surprise since we arrived without having any kind of expectation. Moreover, we arrived in full Nowruz, the new Persian year, so its streets were full with locals on holidays visiting Abyaneh.   The town of Abyaneh Abyaneh is a small village located in the center of the country about 40 km away from...
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Where to buy and how to activate a SIM card in Iran?

With a country as big as Iran, with 30 days ahead as we had to enjoy it and with the idea of doing it hitchhiking and with tent, we were clear that we had to buy a SIM card to be connected always that we wanted to. We spoke with our Couchsurfer from Tehran and he recommended us Irancell, the one that he had. As a good Iranian, we had not even finished talking that he was already putting on his jacket and saying ‘come on guys, let’s go. I’m going to buy it with you’.   Buying your SIM...
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