By Melissa Arulappan, SYI Facebook Group Member
Just back from a solo trip to Iran and, at the outset, must say what a truly immersive and wonderful experience it was. From my first post here on recommendations of where to visit to my final departure from Tehran, there was so much of warmth and hospitality that I experienced. As a solo woman traveller, not once did I have any reason to feel unsafe or uncomfortable being out on my own. On the contrary, being on my own gave me an opportunity to meet and interact with so many lovely Iranian people (men and women), have meals out at restaurants with some of them, receive an invite to a lovely dinner at a homestay in Esfahan, engage in long and very informative and educative conversations on the cultural and social fabric of Iran and immerse myself in so much the country has to offer (the food, craft, monuments, etc). Yes, I have pictures of the sights and sounds of the places I visited but the memories that will endure are the warmth and hospitality of the people. So thank you to all those who made it a memorable holiday and especially to Rasool of Tappersia who put together a nice customised itinerary for me at very short notice during a peak tourist period.
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