Note: Richard Best had hoped to travel with Global Exchange
on a tour scheduled for September, 2009.
Because of low interest,
Global Exchange canceled that trip. Undaunted, Richard joined 14 other travelers
on a tour of Iran (arranged by Travel Concepts International Inc) and enjoyed many days of travel in
2009. Here are his general impressions:
On 11/21/09 6:51 AM, Richard Best <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It is unfortunate that the September Global Exchange trip had to be canceled.
Fortunately, I was able to tour Iran with the same local guide that
would have led the Global Exchange Tour and it was one one the best and
most attentive local tour organizations I have experienced.
I hope everyone who missed the last tour will take the next opportunity
to visit Iran. Everyone considering the tour is aware of the rich
cultural heritage and ancient civilizations as well as the unique
position that Iran occupies in South Asia and Middle East. You may not
know how hospitable the Iranian people are or how delicious the
traditional Persian food is.
No matter where we went there was one constant: Americans receive a
warm welcome from the Iranian people. I have traveled to many countries
and have never heard a native say that they love Americans. In Iran, I
heard it continually from old and young, in large cities and small, in
all areas of the country.
Many assumed we were Europeans and I was told that Germany, France and
Italy are Iran's biggest trading partners. Their faces and gestures
revealed that they were both surprised and delighted to learn that we
In visiting many historical sites we encountered Iranian students who
were the most enthusiastic in greeting us and welcoming us to their
country. They expressed a desire to meet with American students and a
hope that relations between the countries would normalize.
Iran is a young, well educated, and Internet savvy country. It has much
to offer and much to benefit from improved relations with the United
States. Its people want the same things Americans want. Our
common interests reveal that we need Iran and they need us.
I am anxious to return to Iran and see all the things that time did not
permit the first time.
Richard E. Best
Please feel free to forward these comments to anyone who might be considering a trip to Iran