In our one-month trip around Iran the country managed to surprise us in many ways. The beauty of its cities, the richness of its traditions, the warmth of people. And - in additional to that - a bunch of things we considered weird. Like really weird.
- Shampoo with garlic flavour. Other available options: carrot, olives, egg. Because who wouldn’t want to smell like garlic in the mornings?
- Carpet themes. Mickey mouses, chipmunks, random people. Talk about taste and centuries of old carpet-weaving traditions.
- Weirdest ever obsession with Western shaped noses. Applicable for both men and women. Regardless of their age.
- Non-alcohol beer. No, sorry – strange non-alcohol beer. Forget boring wheat taste and think pineapples, strawberry, grapes and a bunch of flavours you were not even aware of.
- No furniture in the house. Eating, sleeping, writing, working – everything on the floor. Cheap and strict.
- Alcohol in petrol canes. Solves two problems simultaneously: alcohol ban problem and the issue of constant recharging.
- Shaffron everywhere. Sugar, stew, soaps. Shampoos, soups. Literally – everywhere.
- Weird food. Don’t take us wrong – many foods are amazing. But some are quite weird. Most common street food in Iran – baked potatoes, steamed beetroot and roasted beans. Seriously, how do people survive with such healthy street snacks?
- Fast food Iranian style. No chairs, no tables. Strange – but also surprisingly much more relaxed.
- Imam Hosein. Seriously too much attention for one guy, even a notable religious leader. I get the posters all around the country, and the face on all the notes. But kitchens and bathrooms – can definitely be labeled as taking it overboard.
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