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Title: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 12:12:24 PM
February 2012.

JFK -DXB- IKA

Took EK economy A380  (Pre DDF days)
Was one of my best economy class flights and one of the best IFE.

Stop in DXB was for 2hrs

DXB - IKA was with the A330.

Arrived in IKA 3.10am

after arrival, security took me to a room and took my fingerprint, given that I'm a USA citizen, and asked me a bunch of questions, the whole process took no longer than 30 minutes.

After that I picked up my suitcase, without any additional security checks, they didn't even open my suitcase.

I had a driver taking me to the Persian Azadi Hotel.

To be continued.....
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 12:38:28 PM
EK economy
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 12:39:52 PM
Tehran synagogue
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 12:41:51 PM
Azadi Square
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Post by: Matovu on November 14, 2014, 12:48:40 PM
you went to Tehran ?
you're nuts ! :)

tell us more.
would you still do this today ?
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 12:51:23 PM
you went to Tehran ?
you're nuts ! :)

tell us more.
would you still do this today ?
2012 was worse than today, those were the days when Israel threatened military action against its nuclear facilities, and Ahmadinijad was president. So, yes.
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Post by: ChAiM'l on November 14, 2014, 01:50:24 PM
DBX=DXB?
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Post by: Matovu on November 14, 2014, 02:06:10 PM
You're way too cool.

Did you look jewish there ?
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 02:15:50 PM
DBX=DXB?
Oops. Corrected. Thanks
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 02:15:59 PM
You're way too cool.

Did you look jewish there ?
No
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: ual902 on November 14, 2014, 02:17:36 PM
Your really went to Iran? WOW ::) are you like a regular NYC Jew? LOL

How was shabat in IKA, how did the IKA Jews react to your visit?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 02:21:06 PM
Your really went to Iran? WOW ::) are you like a regular NYC Jew? LOL

How was shabat in IKA, how did the IKA Jews react to your visit?
Yes,  very regular

Actually, I look like a "regular", but I'm not.

I did not spend Shabbat in IKA.
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Post by: smart brit on November 14, 2014, 02:22:14 PM
Amazing!
Just curious were you married then?
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 02:23:19 PM
Amazing!
Just curious were you married then?
Married with one kid at the time
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Post by: ual902 on November 14, 2014, 02:26:33 PM
Did you meet Jews in IKA? if yes what was their reaction to your visit?

Kosher restaurants?
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 02:31:23 PM
Did you meet Jews in IKA? if yes what was their reaction to your visit?

Kosher restaurants?
Yes, I met some Jews, some in the Shul, and some at the Jewish shops.

Some reacted in surprise and in awe , others were cold, and suspicious or (afraid)
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 02:34:49 PM
Officially there is one Kosher restaurant, but didn't eat there, the kosher standards were very low for me, most people eating there were none Jewish
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Post by: ual902 on November 14, 2014, 02:35:19 PM
Yes, I met some Jews, some in the Shul, and some at the Jewish shops.

Some reacted in surprise and in awe , others were cold, and suspicious or (afraid)

How did you know how to find the synagogue's? i heard it is a very secretive locations
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 02:35:37 PM
Most Jews in Tehran are not very religious
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 02:37:04 PM
How did you know how to find the synagogue's? i heard it is a very secretive locations
I did six months off research before I went
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Matovu on November 14, 2014, 03:11:27 PM
So basically you already covered the planet, and this was the last stop ?

Sorry but im just amazed.

AJK's catching fish and eating it is expiditios,  and now this !!!
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Post by: TimT on November 14, 2014, 03:13:29 PM
Your really went to Iran? WOW ::) are you like a regular NYC Jew? LOL
Maybe he's from neturei karta.  :)
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 03:17:02 PM
Maybe he's from neturei karta.  :)
Actually not
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 03:22:31 PM
So basically you already covered the planet, and this was the last stop ?

Sorry but im just amazed.

AJK's catching fish and eating it is expiditios,  and now this !!!
Not exactly, I have my goals set in order of priority.

Priority one: first visit the hardest to get to destinations on my bucket list.

Priority 2: (which I'm doing now) fly to the world's most beautiful places.

And while I'm at it, trying out worlds best first class Cabins. Of course, while they last
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: sky121 on November 14, 2014, 03:33:48 PM
Not exactly, I have my goals set in order of priority.

Priority one: first visit the hardest to get to destinations on my bucket list.

Priority 2: (which I'm doing now) fly to the world's most beautiful places.

And while I'm at it, trying out worlds best first class Cabins. Of course, while they last

Is this a specific place or just lots of beautiful places?
Are you doing these trips as family trips?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 03:50:58 PM
Is this a specific place or just lots of beautiful places?
Are you doing these trips as family trips?
Lots of beautiful destinations .

Most trips are solo.

In 2014 I did 35 segments, I did 5 with Wife and kids, 2 with my wife without kids.

4 F cabins and 3 Biz cabins.

More upcoming
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: ual902 on November 14, 2014, 04:06:52 PM
Lots of beautiful destinations .

Most trips are solo.

In 2014 I did 35 segments, I did 5 with Wife and kids, 2 with my wife without kids.

4 F cabins and 3 Biz cabins.

More upcoming

Same here, My F cabins so far are I've tried:
SQ R
CX F
EY F
LH F

Upcoming is EK F looking MEGA forward to EK F showers :)
Then not sure????
Whats your F list?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 04:09:04 PM
Same here, My F cabins so far are I've tried:
SQ R
CX F
EY F
LH F

Upcoming is EK F looking MEGA forward to EK F showers :)
Then not sure????
Whats your F list?
Lh F
SQ F
CX F
AA F

Upcoming

EK F
EY F
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: ual902 on November 14, 2014, 04:24:55 PM
Lh F
SQ F
CX F
AA F

Upcoming

EK F
EY F

I could have added AA and UA F  to my list but chose not too, I'm sure you understand why.. LOL
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 04:25:45 PM
I could have added AA and UA F  to my list but chose not too, I'm sure you understand why.. LOL
Yes
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 04:26:22 PM
I could have added AA and UA F  to my list but chose not too, I'm sure you understand why.. LOL
So basically in 6 weeks we'll both have the same list
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 14, 2014, 04:28:59 PM

Upcoming is EK F looking MEGA forward to EK F showers :)
Then not sure????
Whats your F list?

Same dilemma with me
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 07:25:21 PM
Darius inscription,  Hamadan, Iran
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 07:29:19 PM
At the Tomb of Chavakkuk Hanavi, Toyserkan, Iran
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 07:33:05 PM
At the Tomb of Mordichai and Esther in Hamadan (Shushan) Iran
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: ual902 on November 15, 2014, 07:34:12 PM
At the Tomb of Chavakkuk Hanavi, Toyserkan, Iran

How did you travel to Toyserkan, Iran from IKA? AWSOME report
Title: Re: Hershel's TR
Post by: Yaalili on November 15, 2014, 07:35:36 PM
I did six months off research before I went

Wow impressive!

At the Tomb of Mordichai and Esther in Hamadan (Shushan) Iran

Nice, any pictures from the town of Shushan, does it look like how it looked back in the day?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 07:36:42 PM
Standing next an Iranian soldier at the Tehran Grand Bazaar
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 07:37:24 PM
How did you travel to Toyserkan, Iran from IKA? AWSOME report
Taxi
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 07:38:26 PM
Wow impressive!

Nice, any pictures from the town of Shushan, does it look like how it looked back in the day?
I have some pictures of ancient Shushan, but mostly underground ruins.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 15, 2014, 07:49:29 PM
Taxi

How much $$?
How long was the ride from IKA > Hamadan?
Taxi driver  knew you were Jewish?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 07:52:42 PM
How much $$?
How long was the ride from IKA > Hamadan?
Taxi driver  knew you were Jewish?
1. A lot
2. 3.5hrs
3. no
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 08:30:47 PM
The Azadi Hotel in Hamadan trying to save the environment , by requesting that customers leave a note on the bed if the bed should be washed, using less detergent helps the environment, lol
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 08:33:48 PM
What's left of ancient Shushan
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 08:34:17 PM
At the Persian carpet market
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 08:43:15 PM
Eating out at a Tehran restaurant with my driver, Note the Dagam Salmon and crackers circled.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 08:49:24 PM
I stayed in Tehran for 1.5 days, then spent a day in Hamadan, stopped off in Toyserkan, stayed a night in Qazvin and headed to Tabriz, then back in IKA, Departed to Isfahan, spent a day then headed to Dubai, I spent about 24 hours in Dubai. Pics soon
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Yaalili on November 15, 2014, 08:51:33 PM
What's left of ancient Shushan

Cool :)
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: bznt on November 15, 2014, 08:53:30 PM
What was in the huka?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 08:54:32 PM
Same here, My F cabins so far are I've tried:
SQ R
CX F
EY F
LH F

Upcoming is EK F looking MEGA forward to EK F showers :)
Then not sure????
Whats your F list?
Can you list the F cabins in order of best to worst? In your humble opinion
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 08:54:56 PM
What was in the huka?
That's classified
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 08:57:51 PM
Who changed the topic from Hershels TR'S, to Hershels TR to Iran? I've got many many many many many many many more
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 15, 2014, 09:14:19 PM
Can you list the F cabins in order of best to worst? In your humble opinion
No cabin  was worst, they were all 10000% GREAT and AWSOME, every single F cabin I listed  was a unique experience, where is your next EK F going to be? mines will probably be USA>DXB>Asia has to be all A380 Showers :) though  SQ R was super fine SIN>NRT>LAX. I also spent lots of time in F lounges, in fact I overnighted and slept in EY AUH F lounge and SQ SIN F lounge I plan to set up camp in EK DXB F Lounge ;D.

I think my future F Flights besides EK F will be TG F BKK>SYD then ill try SYD/MEL>LAX A380 F, that should be a bit tricky to get with AA miles.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ilherman on November 15, 2014, 09:22:26 PM
Who changed the topic from Hershels TR'S, to Hershels TR to Iran? I've got many many many many many many many more
Dan. Please make a separate thread for each dest/report. 

Cool stuff!
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 15, 2014, 09:28:21 PM
Awesome! has to rank somewhere high up on the "out of the way" TR list...
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Dan on November 15, 2014, 09:29:06 PM
Yup, just make a new thread for a new country.

And post more details about the places.

Otherwise, very cool.
Can't believe your wife was OK with you going to Iran.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 09:33:52 PM
No cabin  was worst, they were all 10000% GREAT and AWSOME, every single F cabin I listed  was a unique experience, where is your next EK F going to be? mines will probably be USA>DXB>Asia has to be all A380 Showers :) though  SQ R was super fine SIN>NRT>LAX. I also spent lots of time in F lounges, in fact I overnighted and slept in EY AUH F lounge and SQ SIN F lounge I plan to set up camp in EK DXB F Lounge ;D.

I think my future F Flights besides EK F will be TG F BKK>SYD then ill try SYD/MEL>LAX A380 F, that should be a bit tricky to get with AA miles.
EK  JFK-BKK

Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 09:34:45 PM
Yup, just make a new thread for a new country.

And post more details about the places.

Otherwise, very cool.
Can't believe your wife was OK with you going to Iran.
Will try to post more details.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 15, 2014, 09:51:51 PM
Was your tallis and tefillin opened up at any of the airports in Iran? any questions by security officers?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 09:54:53 PM
Was your tallis and tefillin opened up at any of the airports in Iran? any questions by security officers?
No,  I had a very good experience with Iranian security.

Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 09:57:30 PM
No cabin  was worst, they were all 10000% GREAT and AWSOME, every single F cabin I listed  was a unique experience, where is your next EK F going to be? mines will probably be USA>DXB>Asia has to be all A380 Showers :) though  SQ R was super fine SIN>NRT>LAX. I also spent lots of time in F lounges, in fact I overnighted and slept in EY AUH F lounge and SQ SIN F lounge I plan to set up camp in EK DXB F Lounge ;D.

I think my future F Flights besides EK F will be TG F BKK>SYD then ill try SYD/MEL>LAX A380 F, that should be a bit tricky to get with AA miles.
IYO, what was so unique with EY F? AJK has it at #1
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 15, 2014, 10:03:45 PM
IYO, what was so unique with EY F? AJK has it at #1

EY F Suites\Bed are huge, Entertainment Music was great,  Movie selection were so so, so;ish, all my F flight  attendants were great and awesome and very attentive  in every single F,  Again if I flew every other week F I could tell you what's good or worse, but I fly premium\ International  F maybe once a year or once every 2 years. how are you returning BKK > USA?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 10:06:37 PM
EY F Suites\Bed are huge, Entertainment Music was great,  Movie selection were so so, so;ish, all my F flight  attendants were great and awesome and very attentive  in every single F,  Again if I flew every other week F I could tell you what's good or worse, but I fly premium\ International  F maybe once a year or once every 2 years. how are you returning BKK > USA?
It depends from where I'll depart from, though I'm trying to make EY F work out, hope it's worth the effort.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 15, 2014, 10:16:50 PM
It depends from where I'll depart from, though I'm trying to make EY F work out, hope it's worth the effort.

If you did CX F already then I would definitely do EY F,  you get  a Massage in AUH F lounge, I got 2 massages, 1 after dinner then before breakfast, I would even do EY F before OZ F or KE F. You know if your using AA miles for EY F it is 2 separate awards Asia> AUH> USA
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 10:52:00 PM
If you did CX F already then I would definitely do EY F,  you get  a Massage in AUH F lounge, I got 2 massages, 1 after dinner then before breakfast, I would even do EY F before OZ F or KE F. You know if your using AA miles for EY F it is 2 separate awards Asia> AUH> USA
How about the EY Suite itself? Is it really that special?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: myb821 on November 15, 2014, 10:55:55 PM
If i may ask when did u go to iran?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 10:57:46 PM
If i may ask when did u go to iran?
February 2012
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 10:58:39 PM
Anyway to upload a video from YouTube?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 15, 2014, 10:59:03 PM
How about the EY Suite itself? Is it really that special?

 Like I said EY Suites is pretty up there the bed was more comfy then CX F more smoother, anything the Arabs make on commercial airplanes is pretty good LOL, here is my trip report:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=27876.msg475323#msg475323
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ilherman on November 15, 2014, 11:06:03 PM
Like I said EY Suites is pretty up there the bed was more comfy then CX F more smoother, anything the Arabs make on commercial airplanes is pretty good LOL, here is my trip report:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=27876.msg475323#msg475323
Interesting to see another one disagreeing with the slogan "CX F is the best bed on the sky"  8)
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 11:07:42 PM
Like I said EY Suites is pretty up there the bed was more comfy then CX F more smoother, anything the Arabs make on commercial airplanes is pretty good LOL, here is my trip report:

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=27876.msg475323#msg475323
you mean what the Arabs pay for
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Lou Bob on November 15, 2014, 11:08:25 PM
Anyway to upload a video from YouTube?
post a link?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 11:09:05 PM
post a link?
Copy paste?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 15, 2014, 11:10:29 PM
you mean what the Arabs pay for

better yet "What The Oil pay$ for" LOL
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Lou Bob on November 15, 2014, 11:10:49 PM
Copy paste?
paste first  :P
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 11:10:55 PM
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 11:12:14 PM
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 11:12:59 PM
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Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 11:13:34 PM
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Dan on November 15, 2014, 11:17:24 PM
Embedded the videos for you.
Quote it to see how its done (there's a youtube button on the reply page)
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 15, 2014, 11:20:22 PM
Embedded the videos for you.
Quote it to see how its done (there's a youtube button on the reply page)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: meshugener on November 16, 2014, 06:08:10 PM
The Azadi Hotel in Hamadan trying to save the environment , by requesting that customers leave a note on the bed if the bed should be washed, using less detergent helps the environment, lol
Sad thing is that you don't need to go to an Iranian hotel to see this. I've had it in a few luxurious US hotels.
One of then was a Waldorf if I'm not mistaking.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: meshugener on November 16, 2014, 06:16:53 PM

Lol, this guy is really scared of a video...
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: elit on November 16, 2014, 07:31:27 PM
Did you bring Tallis and teffilin with you? What would've happened if they did open your suitcase by security
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 16, 2014, 08:19:54 PM
Did you bring Tallis and teffilin with you? What would've happened if they did open your suitcase by security
Yes,  Probably nothing
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: thaber on November 16, 2014, 08:27:26 PM
Yes,  Probably nothing
There's frum persian Jews that go to Iran regularly for business. There's a very obvious persian rabbi who gives a shiur in Shiraz monthly. My guess is that if you use your seichel you'll be ok. From Hershelsdeals TR's to here and to Iraq it seems that thats what he did.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 16, 2014, 08:28:03 PM
There's frum persian Jews that go to Iran regularly for business. There's a very obvious persian rabbi who gives a shiur in Shiraz monthly. My guess is that if you use your seichel you'll be ok. From Hershelsdeals TR's to here and to Iraq it seems that thats what he did.
+1
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: real-brisker on November 16, 2014, 08:47:48 PM
+1
Explain please how you did it.

Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 16, 2014, 08:48:45 PM
Explain please how you did it.
Just Plain casual.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: heimishbrisker on November 16, 2014, 09:47:42 PM
Did you need some kind of visa? Permission from the state  department?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 16, 2014, 09:57:54 PM
Did you need some kind of visa? Permission from the state  department?
Yes i did need a visa, No permission from the state department
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Jkhein on November 16, 2014, 09:59:28 PM
would you recommend other's to try and do it?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 16, 2014, 10:02:00 PM
would you recommend other's to try and do it?
Definitely not, one mistake and you're in jail
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 16, 2014, 11:50:32 PM
What sort of questions did immigration ask you on arrival at IKA, like were you in israel? Or more like are you married and have a job?.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: TimT on November 17, 2014, 09:10:30 AM
Definitely not, one mistake and you're in jail
What would you define as "one mistake" ?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Emkay on November 17, 2014, 09:34:26 AM
What would you define as "one mistake" ?
Sneezing funny
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 09:40:00 AM
What would you define as "one mistake" ?
Lying when being questioned, "Have you been to israel?"

On the Visa form they ask you to list all countries Visited.

Logging in to your email or social media account can be very dangerous, the state department warns:

" Iranian security personnel may at times place foreign visitors under surveillance. Hotel rooms, telephones, and fax machines may be monitored, and personal possessions in hotel rooms may be searched. Photography near military and other government installations is strictly prohibited and could result in serious criminal charges, including espionage, which carries the death penalty."

I opened a new Gmail address right before I left, but unfortunately Iran blocked access to Gmail at the time .

I made up with my wife that when I call she shouldn't ask me if I'm scared or tell me that she is scared or anything like that.

Any mention of Israel or any talk of Iranian politics can bring espionage charges against you.

Photography in the wrong place can get you in to deep trouble.

Also, state department warns:

"U.S. citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest while traveling or residing in Iran.  Since 2009, Iranian authorities have prevented the departure, in some cases for several months, of a number of Iranian-American citizens, including journalists and academics, who traveled to Iran for personal or professional reasons."

I left out Israel from countries visited, and luckily I wasn't asked again when being questioned.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 09:44:07 AM
What sort of questions did immigration ask you on arrival at IKA, like were you in israel? Or more like are you married and have a job?.
Nothing realy unusual, what is the purpose of the trip, where are you staying? Where are you going? Why?

but they did cross examine me.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: VacationLover on November 17, 2014, 09:48:57 AM
Nothing realy unusual, what is the purpose of the trip, where are you staying? Where are you going? Why?

but they did cross examine me.
What was the reaction of USA costumes arriving back to the USA? Did they realize where you were coming from?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: elit on November 17, 2014, 09:52:17 AM
Sounds strange. They knew you were Jewish and i assume you had a long list of countries visited but they didn't ask you if you visited Israel?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 10:12:25 AM
What was the reaction of USA costumes arriving back to the USA? Did they realize where you were coming from?
Believe it or not, I came back from Israel.

On return I did IKA-IFN-dxb-IST-TLV

So the question would be: did Israeli security harass me?

Actually, not as bad as I thought, my wife met up with me in the airport in TLV,( decided to end this trip with a good vacation)
she was scheduled to arrive a half an hour later than me, I told her I will notify her when I depart Istanbul, and if she does not hear from me in Tel Aviv after an hour past her arrival , means that I'm probably being questioned (I was prepared for the worst, I was prepared for every scenario possible ) and she should go straight to her sisters house by taxi and I'll be in touch with her.
Luckily She didn't end up having to wait, and we spent 5 days in Israel, we spent shabbos in Yerushalaim then headed to Eilat .

Israeli security was more in awe then suspicious, the guy could not get over the fact that I was in Iran, he called in someone else from airport security for questioning, and she let me go after 2 minutes.

US immigration was also surprised when I listed countries visited, but only asked what were you doing there? And asked me some additional questions out of interest and let me go.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 10:14:46 AM
Sounds strange. They knew you were Jewish and i assume you had a long list of countries visited but they didn't ask you if you visited Israel?
No.  I arrived 2 to 3 a.m probably not the best English speakers And there was also a language barrier, possibly that being what spared me from the question
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Lunatic on November 17, 2014, 10:21:13 AM
No.  I arrived 2 to 3 a.m probably not the best English speakers And there was also a language barrier, possibly that being what spared me from the question
Wow, very impressive tr
What was your plan in case you got caught
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 10:24:06 AM
Wow, very impressive tr
What was your plan in case you got caught
I didn't really do anything wrong, I didn't lie, if I would have been asked I would have told him the truth, it doesn't say anywhere that if you have visited Israel you won't be allowed in, but it's known that if you have an israeli stamp in your passport, don't even try . I made a new passport before I left
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Lunatic on November 17, 2014, 10:34:52 AM
I didn't really do anything wrong, I didn't lie, if I would have been asked I would have told him the truth, it doesn't say anywhere that if you have visited Israel you won't be allowed in, but it's known that if you have an israeli stamp in your passport, don't even try . I made a new passport before I left
And what if they put you in jail for no reason
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 10:40:45 AM
And what if they put you in jail for no reason
Hell knows
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: meshugener on November 17, 2014, 12:53:02 PM


Israeli security was more in awe then suspicious, the guy could not get over the fact that I was in Iran,

I think that's the best part of trip...
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Suave on November 17, 2014, 01:15:24 PM
Wow, so cool that you did it (although im a shtickle upset that you beat me too it as i wanted to post the first Iran TR)

I was planning on going 2 years ago, but mom saw my facebook post and asked me not to go, 2 days later I received a call from dept of state warning me that I shouldn't go, and if I get in trouble they will not help as they had warned me not to go.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: real-brisker on November 17, 2014, 01:19:22 PM
I received a call from dept of state warning me that I shouldn't go, and if I get in trouble they will not help as they had warned me not to go.
How did they know? You had tickets?

Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Emkay on November 17, 2014, 01:20:21 PM
How did they know? You had tickets?
His mom for sure called them to scare him out of it
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: meshugener on November 17, 2014, 01:24:46 PM
How did they know?
They also saw his FB post.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 01:27:46 PM
Wow, so cool that you did it (although im a shtickle upset that you beat me too it as i wanted to post the first Iran TR)

I was planning on going 2 years ago, but mom saw my facebook post and asked me not to go, 2 days later I received a call from dept of state warning me that I shouldn't go, and if I get in trouble they will not help as they had warned me not to go.
Ouch
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Suave on November 17, 2014, 02:00:12 PM
They also saw his FB post.
Yup, I think that's what it was. This was not the first time they contacted me.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: avadah on November 17, 2014, 02:47:14 PM
Yup, I think that's what it was. This was not the first time they contacted me.
Nu, let's hear...
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Suave on November 17, 2014, 02:48:21 PM
Nu, let's hear...
I wish I could...
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: meshugener on November 17, 2014, 04:32:30 PM
Yup, I think that's what it was.
Of course.
What do you think Edward Snowden's job was?

People think of it as something far away from them that did never effected them personally.

And I actually believe the NSA had to do it.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: VacationLover on November 17, 2014, 04:55:35 PM
Yup, I think that's what it was. This was not the first time they contacted me.
I also want a phone call from them. what do you have to do to get one?  ;)
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: yosefyosef on November 17, 2014, 05:10:45 PM
I hope this doesn't convince other people who are not so bright to try this. If they lock you up, you will spend a long time in jail. Probably a minimum of 2 years.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: morgs on November 17, 2014, 05:12:31 PM
I hope this doesn't convince other people who are not so bright to try this.
And if it does?!?!?!?! :o
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: BrooklynCPA on November 17, 2014, 05:19:39 PM
@AJK: MOVE OVER, YOU ARE NOT THE CRAZIEST GUY ON DDF ANYMORE!!!!!!! :))
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 17, 2014, 05:24:47 PM
@AJK: MOVE OVER, YOU ARE NOT THE CRAZIEST GUY ON DDF ANYMORE!!!!!!! :))
There are different flavors of crazy...
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Yehoshua on November 17, 2014, 07:14:55 PM
OMG! What an amazing TR. I know a few Iranian Jews who go to/form Iran, but as an American!? Really impressive!!
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 08:14:01 PM
Tehran Grand Bazaar
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 17, 2014, 09:23:36 PM
Tehran Grand Bazaar

What other tourist did you see in Iran?europeans? Asians?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 09:24:00 PM
What other tourist did you see in Iran?europeans? Asians?
None
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 17, 2014, 09:25:59 PM
None

Did you get funny stares in Iran? In dubai I did but walked away.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 17, 2014, 09:31:24 PM
Did you get funny stares in Iran? In dubai I did but walked away.
If you look Frum you'll get stares wherever you go. If you look western you'll get stares in every non-western place you go to (at least the non-touristy areas)...
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 17, 2014, 09:41:42 PM
If you look Frum you'll get stares wherever you go. If you look western you'll get stares in every non-western place you go to (at least the non-touristy areas)...
I got a big stare in Dubai from a guy who looked like muamar qadafi and osama bin laden put together.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Achas Veachas on November 17, 2014, 09:46:54 PM
I got a big stare in Dubai from a guy who looked like muamar qadafi and osama bin laden put together.
If I started counting the stares I got...

You either ignore or smile and wave. ;D

What i love the most is the guys "checking their phones" in my direction ;)
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 17, 2014, 11:13:27 PM
Did you get funny stares in Iran? In dubai I did but walked away.
Not as much as I get in Paris
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: TimT on November 17, 2014, 11:15:16 PM
Not as much as I get in Paris
You're lucky if you only get stares in Paris.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: avrumy22 on November 25, 2014, 10:46:34 PM
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 25, 2014, 10:51:33 PM


And?!! there are worse speeches then that.

Doesn't half of Brooklyn fly with Turkish!!
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 25, 2014, 11:26:04 PM
And?!! there are worse speeches then that.

Doesn't half of Brooklyn fly with Turkish!!
This belongs in the news thread
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Galitzyaner on November 26, 2014, 04:06:35 AM
Wow Hershel!! Just starting to see your different TR's.  This sounds like it's fiction! You're just so cool!!!

Keep 'em coming!!!

BTW, would you consider speaking engagements (to talk about your amazing experiences)?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 26, 2014, 08:07:58 AM
Wow Hershel!! Just starting to see your different TR's.  This sounds like it's fiction! You're just so cool!!!

Keep 'em coming!!!

BTW, would you consider speaking engagements (to talk about your amazing experiences)?
Thanks,  speaking engagements? For example
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: skyguy918 on November 26, 2014, 06:30:37 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/26/iran-jews-rouhani_n_6225680.html
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 30, 2014, 04:01:10 PM
A Jew walking to Bet Knesset somewhere in Iran with his Kippah visible, this was passed around Facebook, Hershel can you Identify the city?!
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 30, 2014, 04:09:26 PM
A Jew walking to Bet Knesset somewhere in Iran with his Kippah visible, this was passed around Facebook, Hershel can you Identify the city?!
YAZD
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: aradisc on January 11, 2015, 03:06:21 PM
Tehran Grand Bazaar

So people didn't start chanting things and surrounding you there like in Argo?  ;)   Guess things have calmed down since 1979.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on January 11, 2015, 04:43:12 PM
Hey Hershel,

 I just met your Match, met a guy formerly from BP but now Modernish, who went from AMM>DAM went looking for his Hotel at an Anti Israel\ Anti western rally in DAM while the 1st Gaza war, had to walk over American and Israeli flags on the streets of DAM to get to his Hotel, went looking for the shul in DAM at the old Jewish quarter in DAM and and no one would even walk him directly  to the shul just pointed to him 2 blocks before the shul and told him your on your own now, as not being suspicious, then went from DAM to BEY with a sheyrut going through Hizbola check points followed by the Lebanese Military check points he tells me he had tefilin in his luggage. He has Facebook photos to prove it.

He also did the Pyongyang North Korea tour, but that did not empress me.

Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: HP58 on January 11, 2015, 05:14:12 PM
Hey Hershel,

 I just met your Match, met a guy formerly from BP but now Modernish, who went from AMM>DAM went looking for his Hotel at an Anti Israel\ Anti western rally in DAM while the 1st Gaza war, had to walk over American and Israeli flags on the streets of DAM to get to his Hotel, went looking for the shul in DAM at the old Jewish quarter in DAM and and no one would even walk him directly  to the shul just pointed to him 2 blocks before the shul and told him your on your own now, as not being suspicious, then went from DAM to BEY with a sheyrut going through Hizbola check points followed by the Lebanese Military check points he tells me he had tefilin in his luggage. He has Facebook photos to prove it.

He also did the Pyongyang North Korea tour, but that did not empress me.
Gosh. Is this guy suicidal?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on January 11, 2015, 05:19:01 PM
Gosh. Is this guy suicidal?

LOL I know, I freaked out when he told me  this. he went with a friend..
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: solls108 on February 23, 2015, 03:30:06 PM
Bump. Youre crazy :)
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 23, 2015, 03:50:50 PM
Bump. Youre crazy :)
how is that "bump"?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: pixi on August 30, 2015, 11:30:15 PM
wowowo, i am really amazed , isn't such a trip dangerous ? if 1 person there detects that you are Jewish i don't have to tell you whats next , why would you do such a trip ?
however in today's days i don't thnik that its so scary to travel to Iran after the Iran deal with the US  .
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: DMYD on August 30, 2015, 11:38:13 PM
wowowo, i am really amazed , isn't such a trip dangerous ? if 1 person there detects that you are Jewish i don't have to tell you whats next , why would you do such a trip ?
however in today's days i don't thnik that its so scary to travel to Iran after the Iran deal with the US  .
The Jews that live in Iran seam to be quite happy living there.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on August 31, 2015, 12:35:51 AM
The Jews that live in Iran seam to be quite happy living there.

There is a huge difference between a Jew living in Iran who knows and understands\deals with  the culture etc. then a Western Jew coming to Iran as tourist.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Freddie on August 31, 2015, 12:42:50 AM
The Jews that live in Iran seam to be quite happy living there.
What do you base this on? I'm not challenging you. It's a real question.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Emkay on August 31, 2015, 01:47:13 AM


if 1 person there detects that you are Jewish i don't have to tell you whats next
Not necessarily as you think
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Yammer on August 31, 2015, 03:30:25 AM
wowowo, i am really amazed , isn't such a trip dangerous ? if 1 person there detects that you are Jewish i don't have to tell you whats next , why would you do such a trip ?
however in today's days i don't thnik that its so scary to travel to Iran after the Iran deal with the US  .
Better not to hide your Judaism. Otherwise they will suspect you for a spy.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Yammer on August 31, 2015, 03:31:16 AM
The Jews that live in Iran seam to be quite happy living there.
How do you know? Can you supply us with your Iran TR thread??
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on August 31, 2015, 08:52:08 AM
The Jews that live in Iran seam to be quite happy living there.
*Seem? How many Iranians do you know personally that currently live in Iran?

Also, please describe how you come to the assumption that the "Jews are quite happy living there" ? Did you observe that somehow
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: lunatic on August 31, 2015, 08:59:44 AM
*Seem? How many Iranians do you know personally that currently live in Iran?

Also, please describe how you come to the assumption that the "Jews are quite happy living there" ? Did you observe that somehow
Lol,  probably only one person here that can answer that
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Chapshnell on August 31, 2015, 09:24:38 AM
Spoke to an Iranian now living in Geneva. He claims in 1979 they had 126k Yidden living there & now  there is only 15,000
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on August 31, 2015, 10:19:11 AM
Any Persian jews on DDF from LA or Greatneck? The ones I asked tell me they have cousins in Iran who live a decent to good life and some are even friends with the regime for business purposes, they live anywhere from  normal to comfortable, but all live under a gun to their heads.

 One persian Jew told me his aunt even moved back from LA to IKA while others claim its too dangerous to go back.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: zow on August 31, 2015, 12:43:26 PM
Just a tangential data point -- yes, I know that Iran and Iraq are two very different places:

Man who works for me is from Iraq, naturalized US citizen. Just left on one-month trip with his family to see family in Iraq.  He told me that there are zero Jews living in Iraq now.   Google/wikipedia seem to indicate that maybe a few dozen remained as recently as 2013, but now essentially zero.

Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: pixi on August 31, 2015, 02:12:01 PM
Iraq is defiantly way more dangerous to travel to  then Iran . ISIS can anytime capture you and ..... you if you make one wrong turn .
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on August 31, 2015, 02:29:22 PM
Iraq is defiantly way more dangerous to travel to  then Iran . ISIS can anytime capture you and ..... you if you make one wrong turn .
And Iran could accuse you of being a Spy. no reason given
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Yehoshua on August 31, 2015, 03:57:07 PM
I know plenty of  Persian Jews in LA. I know some that have relatives there, and have traveled back and forth without any issues. As mentioned  above, the Jews there live well, and since Iranian culture is so different from Western culture, the one's who live there are not looking to move.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: stbaum on August 31, 2015, 04:32:33 PM
i know an Iranian Persian fellow who lives in the states now and has family back in Iran. his brother was drafted into the army and was told that he could buy his way out for a couple thousand dollars and had 10 days to make a payment. ever heard of such a thing?!
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: m65 on October 19, 2015, 11:41:11 AM
howd u get ur tefilin in?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: D93 on October 31, 2015, 03:22:08 PM
howd u get ur tefilin in?
Same as you get them into any country.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: yochiek93 on November 01, 2015, 08:42:16 AM
Just caught up and I'm speechless
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on November 24, 2015, 11:08:41 PM
Another brave guy like Hershel:
http://www.hidabroot.org/he/article/175657
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Denverite on November 24, 2015, 11:25:02 PM
i know an Iranian Persian fellow who lives in the states now and has family back in Iran. his brother was drafted into the army and was told that he could buy his way out for a couple thousand dollars and had 10 days to make a payment. ever heard of such a thing?!

Yes, I know people there and you can buy your way out of the army.  it's an official thing.  Also there are kosher restaurants, Jewish simcha halls and other open aspects of Jewish life.  There is anti-semitism for sure but ironically the Jews may be safer there now than in Europe...they don't have to have armed guards in front of their synagogues in Iran!
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 25, 2015, 12:26:33 AM
Another brave guy like Hershel:
http://www.hidabroot.org/he/article/175657
That trip was 5 years ago.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: damaxer91 on November 26, 2015, 09:32:48 PM
Crazy as this sounds, Iran is actually a pretty safe place for a tourist.

One of the few places on earth where being a member of the Press is more dangerous
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on November 26, 2015, 09:42:54 PM
Crazy as this sounds, Iran is actually a pretty safe place for a tourist.

One of the few places on earth where being a member of the Press is more dangerous
Besides that tourist occasionally get arrested and accused of being a spy.

The State Department warns

U.S. citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest while traveling or residing in Iran.


http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/iran-travel-warning.html

Traveling to Iran is one of those type of things i do but wouldn't recommend anyone to try.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: damaxer91 on November 27, 2015, 09:58:17 AM
Besides that tourist occasionally get arrested and accused of being a spy.

The State Department warns

U.S. citizens may be subject to harassment or arrest while traveling or residing in Iran.


http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/iran-travel-warning.html

Traveling to Iran is one of those type of things i do but wouldn't recommend anyone to try.

Not to take away from the adventure of your trip (nor am I recommending it either), but they issue lots of similar warnings and we tend to ignore them.

The tourists who have been arrested have not been on a casual tour of Tehran, Shiraz etc
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on December 08, 2015, 12:53:07 PM
Chanukah in Iran:

https://www.facebook.com/AjamMediaCollective/posts/906677162735251
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on December 08, 2015, 12:54:09 PM
This picture says it all, Yechi Yarmulka in Iran LOL:

(https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/t31.0-8/12314217_906676206068680_344957428708844144_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: pixi on February 15, 2016, 08:43:49 PM
Someone who studied the Middle East well, told me that the most democratic country in the Middle East is Israel, the second most democratic country in the  Middle East is Iran.  He tells me I know it sounds very funny to you but that's the fact.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on February 15, 2016, 08:44:41 PM
Someone who studied the Middle East well, told me that the most democratic country in the Middle East is Israel, the second most democratic country in the  Middle East is Iran.  He tells me I know it sounds very funny to you but that's the fact.
Agree
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: aygart on February 15, 2016, 08:47:37 PM
Someone who studied the Middle East well, told me that the most democratic country in the Middle East is Israel, the second most democratic country in the  Middle East is Iran.  He tells me I know it sounds very funny to you but that's the fact.
The soft bigotry of low expectations
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: pixi on February 16, 2016, 12:02:04 AM
The soft bigotry of low expectations
Explain.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Chapshnell on February 16, 2016, 12:20:39 AM
Explain.

Everyone else is so bad that Iran is considered good
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on April 27, 2016, 01:18:53 AM
There is no master thread for ran so ill post here:
Photos: First five-star train launched between Tehran and Shiraz

http://realiran.org/photos-first-five-star-train-launched-between-tehran-and-shiraz/
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Emkay on April 27, 2016, 02:08:33 AM
There is no master thread for ran so ill post here:
Photos: First five-star train launched between Tehran and Shiraz

http://realiran.org/photos-first-five-star-train-launched-between-tehran-and-shiraz/
Doesn't look luxurious, looks like a regular sleeper car. And it's kind of random.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: ual902 on September 11, 2016, 10:50:44 PM
Interesting article about a visit to Iran, kinda like a trip report:

http://www.thetower.org/article/the-silent-scream-of-irans-jews/
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Hershelsdeals on September 11, 2016, 11:13:33 PM
Interesting article about a visit to Iran, kinda like a trip report:

http://www.thetower.org/article/the-silent-scream-of-irans-jews/
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: yitzyul on September 12, 2016, 03:21:59 PM
If anyone planning on going in the near future, please PM me, as a friend of mine is interested.
TY
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Elite on September 13, 2016, 09:33:22 PM
I'm very interested in going - just have to sort out a suitable time and visas etc . Especially as BA have started flights.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: gpapadop on October 14, 2016, 10:37:43 AM
Hi,

Going there tomorrow, joining Yomadic in his Iran tour staring October 17.

This TR will be linked in my blog on October 15. Loved it!

Cheers!
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: pixi on October 14, 2016, 10:38:46 AM
Hi,

Going there tomorrow, joining Yomadic in his Iran tour staring October 17.

This TR will be linked in my blog on October 15. Loved it!

Cheers!
Good luck.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Yammer on October 14, 2016, 10:43:52 AM
Hi,

Going there tomorrow, joining Yomadic in his Iran tour staring October 17.

This TR will be linked in my blog on October 15. Loved it!

Cheers!
Have a safe trip...
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: pixi on November 14, 2016, 12:41:55 AM


Hi,

Going there tomorrow, joining Yomadic in his Iran tour staring October 17.

This TR will be linked in my blog on October 15. Loved it!

Cheers!

Can you post a link to your blog?
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: LoLo on November 14, 2016, 12:48:12 AM

Can you post a link to your blog?
it's probably the one in his signature.
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: pixi on November 14, 2016, 12:48:51 AM
it's probably the one in his signature.
I'm on tappa talk
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: mmgfarb on November 14, 2016, 01:03:16 AM

Can you post a link to your blog?
http://travelbloggerbuzz.com
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Dan on November 23, 2016, 07:55:21 PM
Fun UA connections:
(https://i.gyazo.com/0d855180e3b5606107a9db62457501ca.png)
(https://i.gyazo.com/9e97fcd4ab02e59b571091c5864c43d6.png)
Title: Re: Hershel's TR To Iran
Post by: Freddie on November 23, 2016, 08:05:46 PM
Hilarious. You just came across that randomly? Or you were looking for it?