Friday, June 7, 2013
A: NO, NO, NO!! A thousand times no. Listen to me, hypothetical questioner, of all the major misconceptions about Iran, this has to be the #1 (and 2 and 3 and 4..). Never will you go to another country where the people go so far out of their way to welcome you. Nowhere else will you be granted near-celebrity status based on the mere fact that you reside in the US. In no other place you ever visit will you find the arms to be as wide-open, the smiles to be as genuine and the hugs to be as warm. In other words, no, they do not hate Americans.
The first line from my travel journal on day #5: "Couple things: Best day yet. Lonely Planet sucks. Coming here was a great decision."