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 from Ankara to Tabriz by Trans-Asia Express train.
Our first experience of Iran’s friendliness and hospitality started the moment we found our train compartment. We shared it with a middle-aged Iranian man, Majid. Despite his limited English and our nonexistent Farsi, he extended a warm welcome, sharing sweets, teaching us Farsi phrases, and offering us hospitality in his home in Tehran (we unfortunately didn’t have time to take him up on his offer).
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 Laura