ぼくのなつやすみのよてい

学生時代にバックパッカーをしておくべきだったと30歳を超えて気づきました。初めての海外は、大学卒業後のインド。懲りてしばらく海外に行かなくなりました。英語コンプレックス。東京の田舎育ち。2016年6月、初めての一人海外旅行は台湾。2016年10月、2度目の一人海外旅行はイラン。 語学力がなくても何とかなることに気づき、そこからよく海外に行くようになりました。 リュックだけ持って、LCCで海外にいく弾丸海外旅行スタイルが好きです。 2017年の夏休みはアフリカ(ガボン、トーゴ、ベナン)に行きます。

My trip to Iran and Azerbaijan, 2016 October

I wanted to visit Iran because Japan is allies with USA and we are very pro-America. My view is more influenced by America. Iran, on the other hand, is very Anti-America. So, I wanted to change my view of the world.

 

There is not much information on Iran. For example, I looked for hotel on Expedia, there were no hotels listed. I had to e-mail hotels in Iran directly.

Also, domestic flights in Iran could only be bought once you are in Iran. Because of economic sanction by America, Iran's airplane are all old Boeings that are difficult to maintain. So, I was very afraid of flying in Iran.

In Iran, you can't use credit cards, so you must have cash. Also, Iran doesn't exchange Japanese yen. So, I needed to have either Euro or dollars. And you can't use Facebook, Google. But, you can use Instagram. I don't know why. In Iran numbers are written in Persian. So I couldn't find my flight easily.

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マシュハド空港は、基本ペルシャ語表記なので、数字くらい覚えないと飛行機にも乗れません。生きていくのに必死です。

 

I had a layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for half a day. While I was there, I had Malaysian food in the town.

 

Then, I flew to Teheran, the capital city of Iran. I arrived late at night, so I stayed in a hotel near the airport.

The next day, I flew to Mashhad. It's a holy place in Iran. There is a beautiful mosque.

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マシュハド。空港に着いたら、おばちゃんがすごくいい人で電車の乗り方を教えてくれた。駅降りたら、お兄さんがいい人でBRTに乗せてくれた(お金も払ってくれた)

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エマームレザー廟

After that, I took a plane and a bus to Isfahan. There is a beautiful square which is a world heritage site.

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また広場に来た

Iran is a Shia muslim country. Today, Shias comprise about 15% of the total worldwide Muslim population. The day I arrived at Isfahan was holiday called Ashura. For Shia Muslims, Ashura is a solemn day of mourning the martyrdom of Hussein in 680 AD at Karbala in modern-day Iraq. Shia men and women dressed in black also parade through the streets slapping their chests and chanting.

今日はアーシュラー!外務省メールより「アーシューラー」は,シーア派イスラム教徒が,イスラム教共同体の正統な指導者と考えていた預言者ムハンマドの孫フサインが殺害されたことを悼む宗教行事です。この宗教行事に際して,シーア派イスラム教徒は,自らの身体をたたいたり,泣き声をあげるなどして,フサインの「殉教」を想起します。

It was very interesting, but the only problem was all the shops and sites were closed. So, luckily, they were handing out food and drink for free.

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行列できてるとこで牛乳らしきものを配っていたのでもらったら、やっぱりフレンチドレッシングみたいな味がした。もちろんまた全部飲み干した。

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また配ってるのをもらった。今日は飲食店ほぼやってないからもらわないと生きていけない。

I was handed a cup of milk. When I drank it, it tasted like French dressing. It turns out that I was drinking goat's milk.

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今日もお祭り。配っていた牛乳らしきものをもらったが、フレンチドレッシングの味がする。もちろん全部飲み切ってやったぜ。

Next, I went back to Teheran by overnight bus. I arrived in Teheran in the morning and caught a flight to Azerbaijan, Baku.

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世界遺産!

Azerbaijan is rich in natural resources, especially oil. Because of oil money, Azerbaijan is a very developed country.

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天然ガスが吹き出していてずっと燃えている有名な場所。バクーは風が強くて寒い。ここで暖をとった。ただ、周りには何もない。この燃えているのがあるだけ。路線バス的なもので乗り継いで市内から約1時間かかった。

In Baku, they are building what will become the world's tallest building in the world. It will be completed in 2025. The transportation system especially subway and bus systems are very developed. It is easy to travel within the city.

 

Although Iran and Azerbaijan are both Shia Muslim countries, they are very different from each other. In Iran alcohol is forbidden, but in Azerbaijan it is permitted.

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アゼルバイジャンワイン!久しぶりのお酒。

In Iran, women must cover themselves and often wear a Bhurka, it is dress that only shows the eyes. In Azerbaijan, women don't have to cover up, they were dressed in European fashion.

 

The food in Azerbaijan was very delicious. I ate many things like yogurt soup, dumplings and Kebabs.

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こんなんきました!

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ケバブ。激ウマ。65円

I went to see Heydar Aliyev Center which was designed by the famous architect, Zaha Hadid. The building was very modern with a curving structure and very spacious. I think it's very impressive but not very functional. Originally, Zaha Hadid was supposed to design 2020 Tokyo Olympic main stadium. But, because her buildings are expensive to make, she was replaced.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLknDYmB4ru/

新国立競技場のコンペで勝ったけど採用されなかったあのザハハディドさんの作品。でっかい。オイルマネーがあるから作れたのかしら。