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.
Imagine an Iranian train. I know when I envisioned one, the image resembled that of Midnight Express and harkened to something like an Indian train in the old days — dark, dank, old, and mobbed.
Instead, we found a plush, clean four-person compartment with free water, snacks, and functioning electrical outlets. We continued exploring and landed in a nicely decorated dining car with a full Iranian menu flush (read: kebabs). Sure, the décor reeked of the 1970s and lost hopes to be the Orient Express, but this vessel was downright civilized.
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Cover photo by Audrey Scott