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Babolsar was one of the prime tourist destinations in this part of the country. So it was crowded. In fact it swarmed with people, and I was told that many of them were from the area of Mashhad, where I had been just a few months earlier. It felt only logical that people from a place so dry would flock to the seashore here.

I needed to get some work done, though. The photo book that we had published six years earlier was going to come out as a new edition, so I needed some time to review and edit.

I decided to walk to Fereydunkenar, a little beach town in the west of Babolsar.

The first thing I saw was a pet shop:

pet shop

This seemed interesting to me because dogs are generally viewed as unclean in Islam, and the Islamic Republic of Iran frowns upon them. There are guard dogs, shepherd dogs, and stray dogs all over the place. But dogs as pets that are being kept in the house are a relatively rare thing.

Oh, and then I found this:

Dota 2 in Iran

Dota 2 in Iran, eh? Reminded me of the Dota Club I had seen in Bishkek a year earlier.

When I left Babolsar, I crossed one of the nicest bridges I had ever walked on with the Caboose:

leaving Babolsar

This sentence seems to a bit pointless without a picture, but you can check it out in the video. The bridge had a sidewalk! With a railing! And it was wide enough for the Caboose!

After this it was a highway that never really seemed to leave town:

highway along the Caspian Sea

Basically it was just shop after shop after shop:

Puma shop near Babolsar

And sometimes people didn’t even need a shop in order to sell stuff:

inflatable toys near the road

There was a strange, very 1950s-American looking restaurant:

strange restaurant

And one time there was rain:

clouds breaking

When I reached Fereydunkenar, it took me a bit to find a place to stay. The first hotel was too expensive, the people at the second hotel told me that it wasn’t really a hotel. But I eventually found a place somewhere down the street:


It was a place called “Motel Palm”, and when I arrived, the owner gave me a room and then handed me this:


It was called “Hype”, and it was very cold.

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  • Leila

    The bridge… a reminder of my childhood… I used to go there a lot with my parents despite the fact it was 800 kilometers far away from Mashhad! I even once rowed one of those silly boats on that river! Time flies!


  • Sheila

    My husband and I spent alot of time in fereydon kenar on weekends and holidays…. I like the fish bazar. There is a small restaurant called Vahid in that area witch serves authentic Northern food. The owners are a mother and hes son, and they cook the food themselves. Its along the main road. Check it out if you get hungry.


  • weng

    Hello Laolei,I come here to learn some English


  • weng

    Hello Laolei, I come here to learn some English


  • Jan-Uwe Reichert

    Well I am only slowly catching up, but I am very amazed by Iran, the wrong opinion People always get about other countries, and here again.ย 


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