If you have read the last posts, you know that we are no longer on holidays. The first weeks of our journey, however, often felt like holidays. I think somewhere in Iran this feeling ended and traveling has become our life.
I notice a lot of changes around us, but also inside of me. You know you have spend too much time in Iran, when
- You check the best-before date when buying canned tuna
- You start knocking on watermelons because it makes you look like you know what you are doing
- You eat a watermelon a day
- You no longer accept any price. Instead you always ignore the first offer and you safe up to 50%.
- You take pictures of people taking pictures of you
- You start to like the water hose
- You have no idea if there are actually hotels in Iran
- You search for the next Red Crescent station on booking.com….and write a review afterwards
- You visit famous mosques, because they have the best air conditioning
- You consider pitching the tent on the road as soon as there is not much traffic
- You answer „I already bought one yesterday“ when you get offered a Persian carpet
You know you have spend too much time in Turkmenistan when
- YOU YELL AT EVERYBODY!
- You run towards people to stop them from doing things
- You throw things at people and animals to control their movement
- You buy a whistle, because it is better for your voice.
- You refer to the Karakum desert as „The widest beach in Central Asia“
- You marry, just because there is an amazing building for that
- You do not talk about the Turkmenbashi
- You put on a jacket below 40°C
- You wear a dress….and a head scarf for non religious reasons
- You know how to get money
- You had a great week in Ashgabat
You have spend too much time in Uzbekistan, when
- The police knows the content of your bags better than you
- You walk around on the black market like some war lord with a way too arrogant attitude just so you don’t get fooled
- You carry at least half a kilo of money in your hand
- You always order shashlik, because no matter how many dishes they offer, they only have shashlik anyway.
- You always count money, even when you got it from an ATM
- You bring your own toilet paper, but you „do not throw it in the toilet bowl!“
….and you have spend too much time in Uzbekistan, BECAUSE
- You have been registered by the highway patrol at least 10 times
- You can answer emails of the last three weeks while you upload a 1.5 MB image
- You were running around a whole day to find an ATM with actually money in it
You have spend too much time in Tadjikistan, when
- You found bottled water that doesn’t taste like sewage
- You roll down to 4500m
- You consider crossing the Sahara by bicycle challenging rather than impossible.