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When I woke up and left Neka, it was already noon. But I didn’t have to walk very far today. Maybe twenty or twenty-five kilometers, I figured. So I was going to take it easy.

Especially since I still hated the highway.

I was somewhat happy when I passed a place where a few cars lay ruined and demolished on the ground:

dead car

And there was more.

The obligatory little blue trucks of Iran?

little blue truck

This was the place where they came to die:

dead little blue trucks

I loved it.

Walking on the highway means trying to ignore the highway (while paying attention to it regarding your own safety).

So I mostly looked at things that were next to the road, like this white stuff someone was selling:

roadside white stuff

Or these curtains:

roadside curtains

This propaganda poster seemed to warn of the dangers of bearded men:

crime poster

While this advertisement poster featured a bearded man who was happily smoking the hookah:

hookah poster

There were a few men holding up signs with advertisements as well:

roadside advertisement

I didn’t know what they were for, but when I asked them if it was for a restaurant or a hotel, they said yes, yes, yes:

roadside advertisement 700

There were quite a few car stores on my way, too, and a few of them were foreign:

car store

What was going to happen to them with the sanctions in place? All Iranians I talked to hated Chinese cars.

Oh, and one time I ran into a friend of mine from Razaviye near Mashhad:

Majid

The last time I had seen him was six months before.

When I entered the city of Sari, it seemed to be mostly abandoned buildings at first:

abandoned buildings

Then there was an unfinished building of Akbar Joojeh, a grilled chicken franchise that had originally come out of Behshar to take the whole of Iran by storm:

new Akbar Joojeh

There were no international fast food restaurants. None. Sometimes there were building fronts that looked a bit familiar:

clothes store in Sari

But this one, for example, was a clothing store.

I crossed a river into Sari:

Sari river

And then I was on proper city streets:

kids in Sari

It was eight in the evening, and people were lining up outside of the bakeries in order to buy bread with which to break their fast:

bakery in Sari

I was hungry.

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  • pingpa

    The big M clothing store! :D:D:D

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  • Meagan

    โ€œAll of this is part of the longest way, all of it.โ€ Poignant insight into all the good and bad times in life, really.. the ups and downs, highs and lows, comedies and tragedies, loves and losses… all just a part of this wonderful journey we call life!!

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  • Ammar

    The content was very beautiful. Iran has the most beautiful sights and humans.
    I hope you travel to Iran more. thank you

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