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We don't really like to delve into travel politics too much. We'll post news for you when it's suitably important or suitably weird or suitably an opportunity to score good hotel deals by taking advantage of regional unrest. But on the whole we prefer to give you travel advice on, and pictures of, very cute baby leopards.
In this case the story involves taking the deadly serious situation with Iran and adding an element of south Florida craziness. South Florida, of course, is the part of the United States where the newest very sad fad is to rent tiny alligators to miserably swim around the pool during children's birthday pool parties. Now take that kind of sensibility and combine it with one of the most unstable geopolitical situations on earth. The results aren't technically entertaining, but they're at least worth flagging as things that actually exists.
Just six years after the American president deemed Iran to be part of an "Axis of Evil," the reclusive country is cracking open its borders to an increasing number of western tourists. As USA Today reports, Canadian tour company G.A.P Aventures is now offering the Discover Persia Tour, a fourteen-day journey by bus and plane with stops at Iran's most famous sites, including the ancient cities of Esfahan, Persepolis, and Shiraz, as well as the parks and museums of the capital Tehran. And guidebook giant Rick Steves, who toured Iran in May to film a PBS special, raved about the country, claiming that any preconceived notions he had were blown out of the water by his visit. There remains a U.S. State Department travel warning for Iran, and visitors would be well served to bone up on etiquette and cultural pitfalls, but somehow it doesn't seem like such a scary place anymore. In my limited Middle Eastern travel experience, I've found that government relations and human relations are entirely different things. Most local people are kind and welcoming to visitors, and if you smile or make eye contact with someone, you're likely to be invited to share tea and conversation over a game of backgammon. Steer clear of topics such as religion and politics and you just might have a friend for life.
[Photo: USA Today]
· In Iran, Open Arms, Rich History Await Intrepid Western Travelers [USA Today]
· Discover Persia Tour [G.A.P Adventures]
· Rick Steves' Iran: Yesterday and Today [ricksteves.com]
· Iran Air: We Take You There, We Take You Back [Jaunted]
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Back in seventies, when Iran and the US were chummy, it looks like Madison Avenue did a little pro bono work for Iran Air, which by the way is still the major airline of Iran.
In this video, a fresh faced Iran Air representative brags about the airline's excellent food, first run movies, and the ability to take you on an adventure you will never forget.
"Well, here we are in Tehran, the exciting capital of Iran", starts the video. While we have no idea if Iran Air still has great food, after watching this, we can't shake the image of Sashon Baron Cohen doing a parody of this video for a fictional Kazaktstan Air on Da Ali G show.
· In My Country There Is Problem... [Jaunted]