So glad to have been to help, of course when Tim came home he did note that I had made him a year older than he is (birthday in less than 5 weeks!) and I hadn’t mentioned matters medical, which was just a tad remiss of me.
In fact we were all quite lucky with our health. There were a couple of folk on the trip with pre existing conditions which caused them a few problems but in general everyone remained fit. As always someone made a slight mis-step and wrenched an ankle which was just bad luck and soon remedied with Ibuprofen, walking shoes and a walking pole. We very much enjoyed eating the street food; falafels, kebabs and samosas and no gippy tummy at all. The loos are of the squat variety when you are on the road and mixed cleanliness. I was so glad I chose to drop my prescription glasses down the really spotless one at the Persepolis hotel! (safety retrieved and scrubbed within an inch of their existence by more wonderful hotel ladies) I feel strongly that the universal provision of running water and liquid soap in even the dodgiest loo was vital in helping us stay well.
As usual keeping hydrated is vital, especially with the exceptionally high temperatures but the company kept the freezer on the bus well stocked with water (free). I now feature that great favourite of Iranian ladies ‘The Nose and Toe Tan’! Even with so little exposed a high factor cream is a good thing to pack.
Do hope your trip comes off and you and your travelling pals have fun, it is a wonderful place; 4,000 years of history, stunning tiled mosques, mirrored shrines, restful gardens, rock tombs and the glory of Persepolis – it takes some beating.
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