FOR those who have never been to Iran, I suppose the perception of the country would be rather discouraging. Images conjured would likely be of conflict, military uniforms, conservative third-world radical Muslims, women covered in black from head to toe, bearded men with turbans and of course the Ayatollah.
I don’t blame anyone if that’s true because that’s precisely the same perception I had before arriving. Iran was one of the countries that was considered high-risk when planning the route for this journey. Apart from Pakistan, Iran was one of the countries to get out of as soon as possible. We were wrong about Pakistan.