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Dall’Asia all’Europa in Autostop – Memoria 6 – Camionisti Iraniani

May 18, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Iran, Italiano, Journey to the West, Travels Visited: No Comments →

Dopo aver viaggiato dall’Asia all’Europa via terra e facendo l’autostop, ho visto tante, troppe belle cose, situazioni e posti. Ho dunque deciso di proporvi una serie di post che mostrino quel che mi e’ piaciuto o mi ha colpito di piu’. Possono essere citta’, posti, locali, ristoranti, situazioni, esperienze, persone, qualsiasi cosa. Lo scopo e’ di mostrarvi una bella foto (opera di Kit Chan) e raccontare brevemente una delle nostre esperienze. Se poi vi sentirete abbastanza ispirati per cercare voli lowcost e partire, ne saremo solo onorati. Ecco la sesta foto, dall’Iran:

Iran– Incredibile Ospitalita’ e camionisti folli

Mi e’ sempre stato detto sin da piccolino che l’Iran era uno di quei posti pericolosi dove non bisognava assolutamente andare: musulmani, assassini, rapimenti, droga, morte, distruzione e Satana in carrozzella. Quando arrivai in Malesia e incontrai i primi iraniani della mia vita per davvero, rimasi al contrario colpito dalla loro cordiale gentilezza, le loro maniere educate e decisamente piu’ orientate ad Ovest che in quel ghetto mediorientale dove la mia cultura li aveva gettati, e molto, molto colti. Avevo ovviamente incontrato quel gruppo di pochi eletti e fortunati figli di famiglie abbienti che si potevano permettere di fuggire dal proprio paese per studiare all’estero… prima in Malesia, e poi – generalmente – in qualche altro paese occidentale come gli USA, l’Europa o l’Australia. Anche loro mi dicevano come il loro paese fosse orribile: un posto senza giustizia, senza liberta’ e occluso da un fondamentalismo religioso che rende la vita vomitevole e impossibile. Ok. Digerito. L’Iran ha sicuramente dei problemi, ma se questi stessi Iraniani all’estero continuavano a lamentarsi dei propri paesi d’adozione e rimpiangere la propria terra, ci sara’ ben dovuto essere un motivo… e dunque siamo andati a vedere. Con estremo piacere. E, purtroppo, una visa molto breve. (more…)

Crime Wave Press: an interview with co-founder Tom Vater Part 2

August 11, 2012 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Cambodia, English, Interviews, Iran, Nepal Visited: No Comments →

Tom Vater in Phnom Penh - picture by Conor Wall

Second and last part of an interview with a new independent publisher who is trying to kick the corporate media world’s bum by releasing hard hitting, pulpy Noirs with Asian settings. I am talking about Crime Wave Press based in Hong Kong and brainchild of travel and Asian focused writer Tom Vater.

The obvious question: did you travel along the Hippy Trail? If so, how was it?

I traveled from Kathmandu to Istanbul overland in 1998 and did other sections of the overland trail at various times. The long trip took about three months – fantastic experience. Witnessing the US play Iran during the 1998 football world cup, in a hotel in Esfahan, was a highlight I later wrote about – and I ended up playing a match with a small team of other travelers against local security forces on the world’s largest square! I think we lost, national honour was at stake. (more…)

Travel For Aid: in Iran by Pushbike Part 6

June 01, 2011 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Iran, Travels Visited: No Comments →

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We left Matteo Tricarico in India, during his Travel For Aid odissey across Asia into Europe… after a short stint in Dubai, Matteo is now in Iran, a fascinating country full of culture, deserts and very hospitable people… his Iranian adventures continue, and the following is the chronicle as penned down by Matteo himself…

In such arid places the human presence is bound by the arbitrariness of Mother Nature, and in particular of one of her daughters, Geology, that acting like a magician, guided by whim and caprice, decides where to pour the chemical compound that makes 70% of our body. Made of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen one, it is also the most common element on the surface of this planet that we have mistakenly called “Earth”, but that for its two-thirds, and rising!, is covered by water. For 200 kilometres I covered during those past two days, Geology has decreed that not one drop of water would come out of the ground, so no villages could be established. Therefore, on May 7, despite having almost doubled my minimum provision of water from three litres to five, I run out of it, and by noon my throat was dryer than the surrounding soil. I decided to break one of the golden rules of the good traveller’s manual in tropical countries: never drink from any source other than a sealed bottle. With ample signs, I stopped a truck that was marching in the opposite direction and I asked for  “hab”, water in Farsi. The driver showed me the tap of a small tank housed between the driven wheels and the first axis of the trailer, it opened, I filled a bottle that I drank in a gulp without breathing. (more…)

Travel For Aid: in Iran by Pushbike Part 5

May 29, 2011 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Iran, Travels Visited: No Comments →

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We left Matteo Tricarico in India, during his Travel For Aid odissey across Asia into Europe…
after a short stint in Dubai, Matteo is now in Iran, a fascinating country full of culture, deserts and very hospitable people… his Iranian adventures continue, and the following is the chronicle as penned down by Matteo himself…

[...] Now we leave this place, and I will tell you of the big city of Iadis,  all its business and its custom. Iadis is a very nice and large city in Persia with active business. There they weave silk and gold cloths, called Iadis, exported to many lands. They worship Mohamed. Leaving this city, the man rides seven days through a plane, and there is no dwelling but in three places where one can cherish. Then we ride to great amusement; there are very beautiful savage donkeys. [...]

With these words, Sir Marco Polo describes the city of Yazd, where I dwelt between April 30 and May 5. Still today, the textile industry trolls  the local economy, although the drapes manufactured are no longer golden, but of cotton, synthetics and wool. I do not think that the city centre has much changed from the time when it housed Sir Polo 700 years ago. The maze of narrow streets, no wider than one and half metre and broken in a continuous zigzag to weaken the relentless desert wind, is still there as a labyrinth where to get lost it is a must. Even the houses, just one floor with vaulted dome, are the same that the Venetian traveller admired. They are covered with plaster made of a thick layer of mud and straw, definitely the best natural insulator for cold winters and scorching summers. (more…)

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