Day 40 – Friday 20th August 2010 – Iran
Diniz is a beautiful, mountainous, skiing area some 120km outside Tehran.
The mountain roads in Diniz are unbelievably steep. I could not believe how steep the roads were. Zowi could not believe how steep the roads were. Barnaby could not believe how steep the roads were, and he panicked.
We had read in a guide book that many Iranians subscribe to something called "Tarouf". It is a situation whereby an Iranian will refuse payment for something, or maybe offer something such as a meal or a room for free, but he doesn't actually mean what he has just said! (sometimes he may not be able to financially fulfill this offer), you then have to work out if the offer is genuine or not, often by refusing their kindness several times. If the offer is sincere, it can be accepted on the 3rd or 4th time of asking!