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The night had seen rain:

highway in the rain

So I gave the Caboose her orange cover, and then we set out:

rainy morning

It was miserable walking next to the highway with the drizzle and the cold and the trucks coming our way like Space Invaders:

truck

Remember I told you about the memorials to the fallen soldiers from the Iran-Iraq War that I see everywhere along the way?

Well, this place seemed to have lost a lot more men than the average village:

memorials to dead soldiers

It fit right into the general atmosphere of the day, though. It was one of fatigue and cold, of rain and clouds and an unspoken question that went something like: what the hell are we doing here anyway?

Caboose

But we reached Quchan eventually, and when we did, it greeted us with wild colors…

into Quchan

…and with a monument to glasses:

glasses monument in Quchan

Was Quchan a place were optics were being manufactured? Was it a town of opticians? I did not know.

Things didn’t become any clearer when the next monument showed itself to be a broken bottle filled with Rial bills:

money bottle monument in Quchan

It all seemed a bit psychedelic at this point, and I was glad when I reached a major roundabout in the center, because I knew that there was a hotel near there:

central roundabout in Quchan

Someone pointed me to it, I went in, gave them my passport and my Iranian bank card, got a room, fell on the bed, and breathed out, heavily.

Then I felt myself relaxing.

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