فMay 7, 2014
Iranians are always late for their appointments--even when outside Iran. We were supposed to officially start our trip at 10 am from the Iranian embassy in Dushanbe, but the ambassador was late. We were taken in and had a couple of interviews with different news agencies. The atmosphere was very friendly. We made a lot jokes about traveling, food, and what not. The ambassador was a very friendly guy. In the interviews there was no talk of politics--nothing.
We were seen off in a traditional way with some water being poured on the ground behind us when we set off.
By the time we were done, it was 1 pm and very hot. We decided to hit the road at 5 am tomorrow instead of sweating ourselves to diarrhea.
We then went to a restaurant and had so,e sort of soup, called Porch, same pronunciation as the Italian car.
Below is a URL of the news of our departure: