the day that won

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I woke up with the morning light that fell into the room:


And I found myself in a good mood. We all had breakfast, then Vahid’s family watched me load up the Caboose:


Vahid took my camera and ran off to photograph his dad with his friends repairing the car:

car inspection

Then we posed for a photo together:


I have to say I quite like Vahid’s photos. He seems like a smart and talented young man, and I hope he will go to university one day.

We said our goodbyes, and I got back on the road again:

bye family

It was raining:

wet road

I couldn’t walk on the service road next to the highway, because it had turned to mud:

mud and traffic

And there were hardly any buildings for me to go and hide from the rain:

roadside building

But I was still in a pretty good mood when I found this roadside restaurant where I had a two-hour lunch and warmed up from the rain and the cold outside:

lunch place

When I got back on the road, the rain had been blown away by a strong wind:

road to Shirvan

Then it came back, though. Also, there was a pack of mean dogs on the other side of the road, and darkness was slowly creeping in from the horizon. It was at this point, when I thought things couldn’t get much worse, that the Caboose got a flat tire:

flat tire

Fuck, I thought. Fuggidifuckfuckfuck. All that was left of my good mood was gone by now. The day had won. Incidentally, I was standing next to the cadaver of a dog:

dead dog

I chose not to change the wheel. Instead, I just kept pulling the Caboose. Slowly, ever so slowly.

One time I passed an accident site, and when I noticed the tire marks on the road, I was happy that I was only dealing with a flat, not with anything serious:

accident site

When I arrived in Shirvan, it was already dark:

arriving in Shirvan

The city greeted me with a fire on the side of a building:


It was all a bit eery.

But Shirvan, like all Iranian cities, had a monument:

Shirvan monument

And it had a hotel, too.

I walked in and took what I figured was one of the best rooms:

Shirvan hotel room

Then I sat down with a can of beans and some bread and watched another movie from my childhood:

dinner of beans

And the warmth slowly came back into my body.

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