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Stranger #16 The talented boy who knew all the flags of the world

We spent almost an hour searching for this restaurant. Just when we were about to give up, a kind stranger enquired with us and pointed into a small alley next to the main road. We finally found the famous ‘Jarchi Bashi’ restaurant in Isfahan, Iran.

It is a nicely renovated old hamam with great interiors. Just as we entered the restaurant we were greeted by him. He had a twinkle in his eyes and a sweet smile spread on his face. We returned his greeting of ‘Salaam’ and he led us inside. We were taken aback by the sheer beauty of the place. He quickly briefed us about the history and significance of the hotel in flawless English.

After learning that we are from India, he disappeared into a room and brought an Indian flag and placed it on our table! When we asked him if he actually knew which was Indian flag or if he checked it somewhere, he confidently told us that he knew all the flags of the world! 🙂

He also helped us order vegetarian food and made us so comfortable!

Meet this lively and smart 14 year old kid from Isfahan, Iran who works as an English translator in the famous restaurant.

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Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Photo of the week : #1 Naqsh-e Jahan Square

It’s been two weeks into our backpacking trip and we are just loving it! Iran has been just great, more so, because of the lovely, lovely people here.

Starting from today, we’ve decided to add at least one photo which inspired us during the week to our blog along with a short story. So, here we start our photo series with our most favorite place in Iran – Isfahan.

Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Naqsh-e Jahan Square

The Persian proverb “Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast” which means Isfahan is half of the world is true in every sense with its beautiful palaces, majestic mosques, amazing boulevards and pretty bridges. We went to Naqsh-e Jahan (image of the world) square (it is one of the biggest squares in the world) early in the morning at around 7:30 AM and is the best time to enjoy all the beauty it offers before it gets too busy with the crowd. We had a meditative experience being in the middle of the huge square listening to the prayers.

This is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and was a important stop along the silk road. This square houses important buildings from the Safavid era on all sides. The Shah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque and Qaseiraiyah along with the historical bazaar of the silk road times showcase Islamic architecture at its best.