In the early morning the phone rang, notifying us that mr. Karimi had arrived thirty minutes early with his very common, but totally epic travelvan. These compact vans are popular vehicles for shared taxi's. They can fit up to ten people, but are still small enough to slither through the jungle of cars that make up Tehran's traffic. We jumpstarted our packing, gobbled down our breakfast and started boarding The Wandermobile. After a visit to the local police station to report last night's banditry, we rearranged the interrior of our new wheeled house, got comfy, and dozed off as we left Iran's capital.
First stop: Kashan. It was still fairly early in the day, but the sun decided to give our Belgian companions a very warm welcome. This truly gave us the summervibes we had been aching for these past couple of weeks. The most popular attraction Kashan has to offer is their gardens. Even though spring had not yet officially started, there was much greenery already, and so we decided to pay the slightly overpriced entrance fee and stroll around. To our pleasure there was an ingenious network of small canals running throughout the gardens, powered by the natural spring it is built around. No electricity or pumps, only powered by the forces of nature. Nature, you crazy. The fresh water was a perfect way to cool (and subcontiously wash) our feet. The slopes which the water ran through was flat and a bit mossy, which gave us an idea. Oli started sliding sideways on the slightly slippery slopes while Stef was super scared to slide. Silly Stef.
Next up was the first of the o-so-many mosques there are to be seen when visiting old Persia. They are impressive nontheless, but choose your visits wisely, because without the proper dedication you will grow tired of them.
To keep this side trip within a reasonable price range, we decided to camp out in the playground of some random city. This was the point where mr. K. realised what we meant with "We like to go with the flow, there's not much planning and like to tackle problems as they arise." But he is quite the adventurer himself, no problem.