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post #16 of 24
I'm going to Iran in February or so for a couple of weeks. I have no fear of visiting but then again i was born there.
I do understand the fears of Americans as the government there isn't exactly visitor friendly (at least in the media's eye's).
The country is home to some amazing food, people, sights, and history. Just go and be smart and you'll be fine.
post #17 of 24
interesting, I know a lot of people who ahve gone for work, none for tourism, even though it is supposed to be very cool to visit. good luck
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by kiya View Post

I'm going to Iran in February or so for a couple of weeks. I have no fear of visiting but then again i was born there.
I do understand the fears of Americans as the government there isn't exactly visitor friendly (at least in the media's eye's).
The country is home to some amazing food, people, sights, and history. Just go and be smart and you'll be fine.

My boss can't go back, his dad took him out of the country right before he had to go to whatever conflict Iran was in at the time. I hope this isn't your case because from what I've heard it's a gorgeous country. A doctor was just telling me what Iran is known for and that's, women, rugs, and opium.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

If you're a brit, it's probably a bad idea to travel to iran right now. Any western nation really.

If you have an iranian embassy, ask them. If they aren't helpful, take it as a sign and don't go.
And why's that?
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Didn't they capture British sailors in international waters saying they were "spies" a while back? Sure, they were released due to international pressure but still. Don't know why you'd want to go to Iran right now. Just seems like a bad idea.
You mean military personnel illegally entering a sovereign nation's waters get arrested? Besides, they were treated very well according to the sailors.
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have i got this right.... you wanna go to iran? is this a joke? i would rather be drowned or buried alive...

You've been there before then, or do you just know of a civil war that nobody else does?
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Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post

You're the type of person who costs a country money, time and sometimes lives when you knowingly go to a dangerous country, get in trouble and expect to be bailed out.

Go find a falafel shop, sit in it for a few hours and call it even if you're that desperate to see the Middle East.
Is Iran dangerous? I know they want to build a nuclear power station but we have those so they can't be that bad.
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Originally Posted by kiya View Post

I'm going to Iran in February or so for a couple of weeks. I have no fear of visiting but then again i was born there.
I do understand the fears of Americans as the government there isn't exactly visitor friendly (at least in the media's eye's).
The country is home to some amazing food, people, sights, and history. Just go and be smart and you'll be fine.
I once had a class with an Iranian woman, she said it would be perfectly safe for me to go there (but she wouldn't feel safe there) and that I should go if I could. I already knew the bit in bold - probably my favourite story from history is when the Romans tried to invade Persia and the Persian King offered the general his weight in gold if he left them alone, then when he agreed melted it and poured it down his throat.

BTW the British Foreign Office say not to go within 10km of Iraq and 100km of Afghanistan, neither of which I have any intention of going anywhere near until they've calmed down a bit.
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sir Humphrey Appleby View Post

probably my favourite story from history is when the Romans tried to invade Persia and the Persian King offered the general his weight in gold if he left them alone, then when he agreed melted it and poured it down his throat.

Hopefully they won't do this to me.
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sir Humphrey Appleby View Post

And why's that?

You mean military personnel illegally entering a sovereign nation's waters get arrested? Besides, they were treated very well according to the sailors.

You've been there before then, or do you just know of a civil war that nobody else does?

Is Iran dangerous? I know they want to build a nuclear power station but we have those so they can't be that bad.

I once had a class with an Iranian woman, she said it would be perfectly safe for me to go there (but she wouldn't feel safe there) and that I should go if I could. I already knew the bit in bold - probably my favourite story from history is when the Romans tried to invade Persia and the Persian King offered the general his weight in gold if he left them alone, then when he agreed melted it and poured it down his throat.

BTW the British Foreign Office say not to go within 10km of Iraq and 100km of Afghanistan, neither of which I have any intention of going anywhere near until they've calmed down a bit.

No, i wasn't talking about those sailors. There were some recreational sailors that got picked up in what they claim were international waters. They were released a week or two later.

Anyway, i would be interested in visiting it myself at some point, but with the extremism in that country, I'm not sure how safe i'd feel.

I would caution others about making statements about the safety of a place based on extrapolations from their own experiences. It's meaningless in a statistical sense. Having said that, if there is a strong tourism industry and you stay on the guided path, maybe others' fears are unjustified.

Before i came to colombia i read a lot of similar stories from people proclaiming how safe it was. The reality is different. A lot of people put on rose-colored glasses when they visit a place on vacation. Their good fortune, despite their ignorance, is often just that, and not any indication of overall security. A visit can still be justified, but consider whether the risks are worth it and understand that your outsider's view of risk may be faulty.

To give an example, i didn't know before i got here how hugely under-reported petty crimes and rapes were. Nobody here trusts the police (especially women), however, and most of the time police don't do anything even when crimes are reported, so people don't bother. And yes, someone pointing a gun at your and taking your stuff here would count as a petty crime. The chances are that there would be no investigation and nobody would get arrested. That's a bit scary when some of these guys will just outright shoot you and then rob you. It mostly happens to locals and for that reason doesn't make the BBC. Crime statistics are wrong at best and fraudulent at worst. It didn't take me long to run in to someone whose uncle had been murdered in a cab for his wallet.
Edited by GQgeek - 9/2/11 at 11:45am
post #22 of 24
http://documentaryheaven.com/rageh-inside-iran/

I would love to do a Iran trip myself . I went there about 15 years ago when I was a youngster . Like others said the Govt is shady but the people couldnt be any nicer. My advice would be to go there with someone who speaks farsi or get a guide
post #23 of 24
allah, allah, allah, allah.
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allah, allah, allah, allah.

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