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678 TheworldIstartedtoexperiencebecame moreandmoreforeigntome.Withevery passingday,IrealizedIwasnowtraveling throughhithertounknownculturesforme andthatIhadreallyleftEuropebehind.Ihad thebigprivilegeoftattooingpeopleinTurkey whoweremorethanunlikelytobeinterested inthisartduetotheirsocialstanding.There werenumerousoccasionswhereIbecame acquaintedwithcraftsmanshipinoldbazaars orwasintroducedtolocalcuisine,andoften IendedupwithitemsonmyplatewhcihI hadnevertriedbeforeinmylife.Onmytrip alongtheSyrianandIraqiborderonmyway toIran,Iwitnessedrefugeedramasandthe tensionsbetweentheindigenouspopulation andthepowersthatbe.Itisdepressingtosee howpeoplestillsuffertodayduetohistorical events,howborderskeepchangingandhow entirenationsdisappearedfromthemap. MajorreservationsthatIandmanypeople closetome,hadaboutaroutethrough Iranwerecompletelyobliteratedafterthe manyfantasticencountersImadethere. TheIranianssurprisedmewiththeirnever endingenthusiasmregardingforeignvisitors, thepeaceamongthemanyethnicgroups inntheirlargecountryandits15languages, theirrichcultureandtheirvitality,despite allthesuppression.ThecountrysideinIran impressedmewithitscraggymountains,end- lessdesertsandableakness,quitebeautifulin itsownmanner.

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