Maria and Ben, a Romanian-German couple tried to run away from the winter in Eastern Turkey, we 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.
Read the full story of Maria and Ben at their own blog, wonderlusters.