Maria and Ben, a Romanian-German couple tried to run away from the winter in Eastern Turkey and decided to take the Trans-Asia Express, a 3 day train ride which might be a pretty underestimated rail adventure.
In the dining car the usual socializing was in full progress, with a bunch of other foreign travelers mixing with Iranians already in a hospitable mood. In five minutes we knew everybody there and we got at least three phone numbers and addresses from northern Iran all the way to Shiraz. Everybody had a good mood, with kitschy oriental music playing at full blast and the bartender trying to hit on some Iranian girls. I found it tough to get used to the exaggerated make-up camouflaging their faces nearly beyond recognition. It reminded me of the fun me and my sister had stealing our mother’s make-up and painting our faces like Britney Spears on serious drugs.
Other stories about this train
Iran’s Orient Express - Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott, a husband-and-wife storytelling team, describes their journey from Tehran to Istanbul as the finest and most surprising segments of their around-the-world journey.
Ankara Tehran trip - Moira Dunworth, teacher and researcher in UK, travelled from Ankara to Tehran with Transasia Express.
TransAsia Train - Kiana Hayeri, documentary photographer, assigned by Polka Magazine in April 2013, took the TransAsia train to discover and capture stories of travellers on this three-day-long journey.
Tehran-Ankara: The train ride - Gaia Squarci, Italian photographer and cinematographer based in New York, contributor of Prospekt agency and Reuters, photographed the journey from Ankara to Tehran.
From Tehran to Turkey: An international journey by train - Laurance Cornet is a journalist from USA, working as a photography and video critic. She also curated photography from and about the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Trans Asian Express - Martin Anthony is a British Metalhead who enjoys the way of overlanding.
Trans-Asia Express: Turkey to Iran by train - Laura & Paul left their jobs and home in Seattle in April 2015 to travel across the Middle East and Asia. A part of this trip was… Read more "Trans-Asia Express: Turkey to Iran by train"
Transasia: Train to Iran - Bestami Köse, the founder of Turkey’s one of the leading travel community, Interrail Turkey, traveled to Tehran by train.
Trans-Asia Express: a train ride of contrasts - Maria and Ben, a Romanian-German couple tried to run away from the winter in Eastern Turkey and decided to take the Trans-Asia Express, a 3 day train… Read more "Trans-Asia Express: a train ride of contrasts"
Cover photo by Maria