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15 days of cycling through Turkey- part 2


Day 2

I haven’t had a long stop in Igdir as I should consider the time, language barrier and I was full of energy and so excited to be on the road again.
I wanted to be out in the nature, to camp, to sleep under starry sky and listen to the nature. I was so impatient.
I left Fatma’s parents and said goodbye to them on the street. I was there on my bike and I was feeling the real journey has begun.
A very hot day while I had to climb a long hill under the heat. Temperature was around 45 C and I was burning!! I had to drink too much water just to provide enough water to my body.
I could have rest for some time and climb that hill in a better weather but I did it in the hottest time of the day at 14:00 pm. The reason I did it because I was in Iran for a long time and I needed to get back to the normal condition of mental ability. Living at home and within people bring lots of fear because people transfer all their fears to you and I needed to wash my soul,

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I am on the road again


It was already 6 months after I returned home from S Korea to do my peace ride project with Rick. I kept traveling through Iran after Rick left Iran till I came to a point which I found myself quite busy with friends and people on my way.
So I decided to stop cycling in Iran and spend some time on my own, basically training to get ready for the next part of my journey.
3 months later I was totally impatient and I could stay any longer in Iran. I needed to move and to be on the road again.
I had already my visa but I didn’t have enough money to afford flight to any destination to Europe. It is high season and flights are quite expensive, so after searching a lot I found a flight from Istanbul to Milan which was quite cheap but I had to wait 28 days for that flight.
I had no choice, either to wait to see if

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Leaving Bushehr to enjoy spring in Shiraz


Finally after 2 weeks I left Bushehr. I had 2 wonderful weeks with Mazdak and Alaleh who hosted me and also the weather was getting warm. It was enough to continue my journey south along the Persian Gulf and I had to follow spring farther north. So I decided to go toward Shiraz and then North West where I could go through mountains which is amazingly beautiful in spring.
I knew Mazdak and Alaleh since 2 years ago before I cycle through Europe and they helped me to provide a video about my journey. Alaleh was director and Mazdak was producer for that video.
Knowing them and being aware of their beautiful heart encouraged me to go to Bushehr and have sometimes with them, but like always time was over again with some beloved ones. I had to leave and go for my life, for the road and for the new stories.
I had some friends in Borazjan which is a city 60km north of Bushehr on my way to Shiraz. So my first day was quite easy.

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A feedback from one of the students in S Korea


Some days ago I recieved an email from a girl in Korea, where I had a workshop in one school in Daegu city. 
I was so happy to read it and it made me decie to share it here with my friends who are following my journey. it can be a sample out of many who will be one of our planet green warriors.  
I relied her email and I got one more email. you have her complete first email and a part of the second one here. 
here is her email :

Hello! My name is Seoyeong Lee from Korea.  
If you remember, I was in Sampyung middle school where you gave a speech to us.  
I sat in the first row with my friends and paid attention to your speech. 
I even asked you some questions like how did you take a picture of yourself? and after the speech was over, I asked you for your email and got the card. 
It would be really great if you can remember me, but if you remember my school, that's enough.   

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Cycling through south of Iran


After Rick, I spent the most of my time in south of Iran except my flight to Mashhad because of my sister’s wedding party and my returning back again to south by my car. It wasn’t the first time of my travelling by airplane but I think whoever saw me that how I was looking out the window of the airplane thought so .I was so amazed and nearly most of the time of my flight spent watching out….I have travelled more than the average level that people travel but I still feel I need to see more, more and more …..I am still thirsty to visit the nature and generally the world, that’s kind of everlasting hunger!!

Less than one month of New Year passed.

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Workshop and tree planting in BandarAbbas

"It is February, I am in the south of Iran in Bandarabbas that spring has been almost started, fragrance of mango blooms can be felt everywhere, I am here to spread the message of " we need trees" with school children, again lovely and innocent kids that can change their way of life, children are all the same, frank questions, funny reactions, freely laughing at some of my photos, I was in a class full of 10 or 11 year-old boys, they are full of energy and curiosity, I am telling them that why we need trees and why we should care about our climate and nature, they are asking me honestly and s
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My journey in Iran before meeting with Rick


Meeting Rick in Iran and starting our common project Despite all my efforts to prepare my visa to Oman didn’t succeed.
Waiting to get ready my visa is a part of challenges that I face in my trips. Rick and I had a common project to do in Oman country but waiting for visa was postponing this one hand this obstacle had kept my mind busy, on other hand I believed that this delay has reason and must happen to me. I believe my faith. This kind of attitude to my problems and obstacles that I face in my way makes me calm and reduce my stress

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Back to Iran


Leaving Korea and going back to Iran for getting visa I was still in Korea and didn’t know what exactly to do for taking next step in my way. I didn’t know exactly how to manage my plan with Rick for peace ride project and how to get visa and join him. Whenever I am in this kind of dark situation, I used to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere to think more .I needed a place to be alone .Because of my style of life ,I couldn’t provide this environment easily.

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Workshop in Honey Bee English institute inhuncheon


I met Katie in Chuncheon in my first visit in that city.
I knew her for a while in FB and here I had a chance to meet her in person and she organized me to come over again and talk to her students about my project.
BAsically if I am goig to write about visiting school, I would write the same thing as I do always which is quite boring and here I just copied an email from Katie. I will alsoo add some of the feedbacks from students to this journal when I have them. 
To see my students genuinely interested in a topic is no small gift. To see them genuinely interested in a topic and want to talk about it is transforming. Mohammad's visit was special, not just because his story is interesting and inspiring, but because he engages students, and then encourages them to think about important issues facing our planet today.
He brings the world into the classroom, making it small enough for students to hold in their hands and analyze from different angles. Korean students are typically pretty shy, so I was really surprised

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Released at August 2
4 days ag, I was going to come to Mashhad from Tehran by car. in a very shoort moment, someone broke into my car and stole my duffle bag which was filled with all my equipments. The hardest part was losing my passport, ID car, Swiss simcard, Banc card, and 2 hard drives full of picturesa nd videos from my journey, also tent, mattress, sleeping bag, 3 pair of shoes.....ooops!! ) 
It wasnt fun at all but not much I can do now and I have to restart again from the very beginning to collect those equipments again and get my documents which doesnt have a funny procedur. is going forward and I should follow it. 
I will be back on the road soon.....just need to get prepared again.
These days I am training harder and palanning my journey. I am going to go back to the road in a month.