Playing in Pishin
Trip Start Apr 06, 2009
55Trip End Jul 12, 2009
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None of us were prepared for what happened the next day at the border
About an hour later, Steve came back and told us that apparently the owner of the phone shop where he was making calls had invited all 37 of us back to his house for lunch. We were all so bored and hot that, skeptical though we were, we agreed and off we chugged in the truck. To our delight, we found his home was large (by Iranian standards) air conditioned and comfortable. The men and women were split up as soon as we arrived, but this didn't bother us. We all sat in awe at the coolness of the room, drinking mango juice and eating cake. The floor was covered in a beautifully soft Persian carpet and the walls lined with cushions. So we all reclined to watch BBC News for the first time in 2 months! This was a mixed blessing. We were alarmed to learn that a bomb had exploded in a mosque in the town of Zahedan, where the original border crossing was, on the day that we were supposed to arrive there
After a delicious dinner from our hosts consisting of mountains of roast chicken, salad and rice, and after playing for hours and hours with the local Iranian children, teaching them high-fives and talking in broken Farsi-English, we headed back to the same river campsite as the night before to formulate a suitable plan.
Adam and Steve told us that they were still going to drive the truck through Pakistan. They believed we could get to the main border without having to go directly into Zahedan. Once in Pakistan, we would drive straight through the Baluchistan Desert, around Quetta and through the country into India, mostly likely with a police escort. They told us this could mean driving 24 hours a day without many stops. They again gave us the option of flying over, as we apparently would pass a number of internal airports on the way up to the border. After much deliberation from a large portion of the group, including myself, and much talk of Goa, Kerala, Mumbai and other possible destinations late into the night, I decided... to sleep on it.