For most western people Iran invokes images of violence. Of religious fanaticism, of anger against westerners, of a ruthless, hard-line government ready to punish the slightest digression, of travelers arrested and thrown in jail. But then there are the reports from people who have actually traveled to Iran, from Anthony Bourdain to amateur travel bloggers, and without fail they all mention how friendly and hospitable the people were and how welcomed and safe they felt, Americans included.
So what gives? No doubt the biggest possible discrepancy between the news and the reality.
I’m fortunate to have experienced Iran for myself and don’t have to rely on misleading news. Here’s why I can’t wait to go back: