A living room full of people, with a large table and two crystal chandeliers. Before setting off for dinner, a bit of Iranian music is served as an aperitif. Lots of rice and steamed beef with vegetables, beans and herbs are served as a main course.
Listen to a report on Iranian hospitality from the perspective of the Tatra expedition around the world 2
The evening bastion is called ghormeh sabzi. It is Iran’s national dish and as its hosts call the Tatra crew at the table, Iranians love it. Especially when someone else fits with them.
According to Mustafa, this cordiality is firmly rooted in Iranian culture and Islam. But travelers want to know more, so they ask student Amir. He says that Iranians are nice people and that foreigners are just trying to change their view of their homeland, which does not have the best name in the world. And they also compete a bit with each other over who will be more noble towards tourists.
“It’s probably part of their culture. For them, the guest in the house is God in the house. How it was with us. They will also deny themselves their own happiness or immediate consumption and prefer to give it to travelers, “Tomáš shares his observations for the Tatra expedition.
Iranian women are not allowed to sing to men, they practice in a choir or alone. Maybe in the Tatra service
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“Every traveler who has been to Iran has told us that the locals are very friendly and hospitable. So I came here with great anticipation. When I compare it with a calm head to some remote villages in Russia or Sudan, people everywhere are very nice and hospitable, “adds the crew chief Marek.
According to him, the Iranians are cordial. He just doesn’t know to what extent it’s about nature or, on the contrary, social habit. “Like when we ask, ‘How are you?’ And we don’t care either. And here someone brings us food and immediately runs on again, “he explains.
But he doesn’t complain at all. When the seventeen-ton expedition Tatra set in the middle of the salt plain last week, he was very pleased when the locals brought water and something to eat.
Either way, it’s time for dinner at the digestif – the hookah they call qalyān here in Iran. By the way, it is likely that the tobacco was brought to Iran by Portuguese sailors. So it seems that when it comes down to it, Europeans can also be hospitable.
The Tatra expedition around the world 2 set out on its long expedition through 70 states of the planet at the end of February. We broadcast reports from the places they visit regularly – every Wednesday around 8.40 on Radiožurnál. Every Saturday afternoon we call the members of the expedition live. You can also find all parts of the notebook on the iROZHLAS.cz server.
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