Message from Iran (via Ian)

Trip Start Apr 09, 2009
Trip End Aug 01, 2009

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hello everybody, it is not Sam writing this, it is instead his friend Ian.  As travelpod is banned in Iran, Sam has trusted me with the responsibility of occasionally keeping you up to date on his trip. I won't be able to be nearly as entertaining or as detailed as Sam, nor will I get to show any photos, but I can still keep you reasonably informed. First things first, Sam is alive, he has not been affected by the violence in Iran. He hasn't been in Tehran for the violence, he left before it began and is in Shiraz. No, they don't make wine there, apparently the Australians stole the name and gave it to their wine or something like that. He seems to be enjoying himself a lot, despite missing ham sandwiches (they don't exist in muslim countries.) When he was in Esfahan, he got very involved in the run up to the elections, attending rallies for both Achmedinijad and Mousavi. He said it was very exciting, all the election craziness. Also when he was in Esfahan he fell asleep on a bridge and when he woke up he had a guy come on to him, then had someone else ask him what he thought of 'the gays' and then told him that this bridge was where all the gays come to congregate. Sam was then approached by a group of men all complimenting him on his 'beautiful face.' That all sounds rather exciting. I'm afraid I don't know how much longer he plans to spend in Shiraz but it can't be too long, I don't think he has much time left on his visa. He may have to fly to Uzbekistan rather than go through Turkmenistan as he may not get a Turkmen visa. I don't think there's much more to tell but hopefully you're now happy to know that Sam has in fact not died in an Iranian protest. I shall continue to keep you updated if anything more happens while he is in a country where travel pod is banned.

Good work Mr. Angell, although everything was in Esfahan, not Tehran, but I've changed it now.
Thanks again I Dog!
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