Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran

Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran A proper travelogue a joyful, moving and stereotype busting ride National Geographic Traveller, Book of the YearIn , at the height of tension between the British and Iranian governments, travel writer Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorcycle outside the Iranian Embassy in LondonI wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city, Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine Your Persian friend,HabibIntrigued, Lois decides to ignore the official warnings against travel and the warnings of her friends and family and sets off alone on a , mile ride from Tabriz to Shiraz, to try to uncover the heart of this most complex and incongruous country Along the way, she meets carpet sellers and drug addicts, war veterans and housewives, doctors and teachers people living ordinary lives under the rule of an extraordinarily strict Islamic government Revolutionary Ride is the story of a people and a country Religious and hedonistic, practical and poetic, modern and rooted in tradition and with a wild sense of humour and appreciation of beauty despite the comparative lack of freedom this is the true story of real contemporary Iran [EPUB] ✺ Classic Essential Vegetables By Family Circle – 9facts.co.uk moving and stereotype busting ride National Geographic Traveller ❰Download❯ ➾ The Murder Exchange Author Simon Kernick – 9facts.co.uk Book of the YearIn ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, By James Douglas ❤ – 9facts.co.uk at the height of tension between the British and Iranian governments ❴Reading❵ ➶ The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, Author James Douglas – 9facts.co.uk travel writer Lois Pryce found a note left on her motorcycle outside the Iranian Embassy in LondonI wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city ➽ [Reading] ➿ The Cold War By David Miller ➲ – 9facts.co.uk Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran ➟ The Soul of Leadership free download ➤ Author Deepak Chopra – 9facts.co.uk it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine Your Persian friend,HabibIntrigued ➬ [Ebook] ➧ The Night Listener By Armistead Maupin ➸ – 9facts.co.uk Lois decides to ignore the official warnings against travel and the warnings of her friends and family and sets off alone on a [PDF / Epub] ✅ Under Currents By Nora Roberts – 9facts.co.uk mile ride from Tabriz to Shiraz [PDF] ❤ The Confidential Agent ⚣ Graham Greene – 9facts.co.uk to try to uncover the heart of this most complex and incongruous country Along the way [Download] ✤ The Light In The Window By June Goulding – 9facts.co.uk she meets carpet sellers and drug addicts ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ The Lion and the Unicorn Author Richard Aldous – 9facts.co.uk war veterans and housewives [PDF / Epub] ☁ Three Entertainments By Graham Greene – 9facts.co.uk doctors and teachers people living ordinary lives under the rule of an extraordinarily strict Islamic government Revolutionary Ride is the story of a people and a country Religious and hedonistic ❰Download❯ ➺ Lissa Author Sherine Hamdy – 9facts.co.uk practical and poetic [PDF / Epub] ☁ Lissa By Sherine Hamdy – 9facts.co.uk modern and rooted in tradition and with a wild sense of humour and appreciation of beauty despite the comparative lack of freedom this is the true story of real contemporary Iran


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10 thoughts on “Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran

  1. Paul Paul says:

    Britain and Iran have always had a turbulent relationship, and in 2011 just after the latest tit for tat diplomatic storm Lois came back to her motorcycle and found a note stuck to itI wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city, Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine Your Persian friend,HabibBeing the adventurous sort, she has ridden across do Britain and Iran have always had a turbulent relationship, and in 2011 just after the latest tit for tat diplomatic storm Lois came back to her motorcycle and found a note stuck to itI wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city, Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it is the city of poetry and gardens and wine Your Persian friend,HabibBeing the adventurous sort, she has ridden across down through Africa and all the way up from South America to Alaska, this unofficial invitation to a country that very little of us know anything about, was too much to resist Perhaps, she might even be able to meet the man who wrote the note When most people think of Iran, the things that come to mind is the Iran Iraq war and the boggle eyed fanatics that seem to delight in setting western flags alight Against the official advice of don t travel there and to the horror of her friends and family, she applies for a visa Amazingly, it is granted Crossing the border from Turkey by train, her first Iranian city was Tabriz and the beginning of her 3,000 mile motorcycle ride around the enigmatic country that is Iran The people that she encountered on her travels came from all walks of life there are students, soldiers, housewives, teachers and even drug addicts.It is a country of stark contrasts ancient and modern, pragmatic and whimiscal She comes to understand the juxtaposition between the strict Islamic control that the mullahs and Revolutionary Guards enforce, and the warm, welcoming and generous people who share their homes and lives with her and we learn how the real people live behind closed doors and how they feel about their country It is a brave journey too given the attitude towards women, in particular solo Western women There is one heart stopping moment in the book, though thankfully Pryce was seen as a curiosity and a welcome visitor to the country most of the time Pryce immerses herself in the country and the warm, welcoming experience of Iran that she brings us is rich and engaging, making this well written account an excellent travel book


  2. Stewart Tame Stewart Tame says:

    I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway, which, I suppose, may bias me in its favor Or rather, favour, since this is a British book.In 2011, shortly after the British Embassy in Tehran had been stormed and set on fire and the staff evicted from the country, Great Britain ordered the closure of the Iranian Embassy in London by way of retaliation Lois Pryce returned to her parked motorcycle to find a note on it that began, Dear Sir I have seen your motorbike and I think that y I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway, which, I suppose, may bias me in its favor Or rather, favour, since this is a British book.In 2011, shortly after the British Embassy in Tehran had been stormed and set on fire and the staff evicted from the country, Great Britain ordered the closure of the Iranian Embassy in London by way of retaliation Lois Pryce returned to her parked motorcycle to find a note on it that began, Dear Sir I have seen your motorbike and I think that you have traveled to many countries But I wonder, have you been to my country That is Iran It is very beautiful and the Persian people are the most welcoming in the world The note mentions the Embassy closures as a matter between governments, not the people, and urges her to visit the country and see for herself.Obviously she ended up going The note writer who signed himself Habib was not exaggerating Despite being a female traveling by herself, she was welcomed almost universally wherever she went There were occasional spots of trouble, but they were notably rare She traveled to Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, rode along the shore of the Caspian Sea, visited the ruins of Persepolis The people she met were spirited and fun loving, warm and friendly, not at all the picture of a people repressed by religion that many outsiders would picture Be warned reading of her adventures will give you itchy feet.One quote that I greatly enjoyed The similarity of the desert along the road to Yadz to Utah or New Mexico was uncanny, but it wasn t the only aspect of Iran that reminded me of America The two countries had farsimilarities than either would care to admit both maligned and misunderstood, tarnished in the eyes of the world by a minority of religious fundamentalists and obstreperous politicians, but in truth, populated by generous, hospitable people, endlessly innovative and industrious with a truly astounding capacity for vast portions of food She has a way of writing that makes you feel as if you re there with her, and her vibrant portrait of the country is a welcome antidote to the fear mongering rhetoric that seems all too typical these days Highly recommended


  3. thereadytraveller thereadytraveller says:

    Pryce takes us on an interesting motorcycle ride through northwest and central Iran having mad ea decision to travel the country after finding a passionate note from an Iranian pinned to her motorbike whilst outside the Iranian Embassy in London.Navigating the all too real difficulties of procuring a Visa for a British national at the time in 2014 and the madness of Iranian driving, Pryce s at times unnerving journey is well written and does a nice job of illustrating the wonderful hospitality Pryce takes us on an interesting motorcycle ride through northwest and central Iran having mad ea decision to travel the country after finding a passionate note from an Iranian pinned to her motorbike whilst outside the Iranian Embassy in London.Navigating the all too real difficulties of procuring a Visa for a British national at the time in 2014 and the madness of Iranian driving, Pryce s at times unnerving journey is well written and does a nice job of illustrating the wonderful hospitality showered on travellers to this amazing country Also relayed is the general sense that most of whom she meets are anti the current political establishment, yet down trodden to an extent that little can be expected to change in the near future.A good read that provides some insights into the current climate in Iran, its people and the sights on offer


  4. John John says:

    This book worked well for me in the sense that I could pick it up and put it down at various times over a few weeks Unfortunately, that makes itdifficult to review afterwards My inclination if possible would have been to give the book 3.5 stars, based on a feeling that it movedslowly than it should have Can t really put my finger on that though AnywayPryce is a very good travel writer, which I knew from enjoying previous books She has a terrific sense of place, so that one do This book worked well for me in the sense that I could pick it up and put it down at various times over a few weeks Unfortunately, that makes itdifficult to review afterwards My inclination if possible would have been to give the book 3.5 stars, based on a feeling that it movedslowly than it should have Can t really put my finger on that though AnywayPryce is a very good travel writer, which I knew from enjoying previous books She has a terrific sense of place, so that one doesn t need to visit Iran directly to feel themselves in the moment with her If you feel it seems like an interesting book that you think you d like, you probably would


  5. Nancy Nancy says:

    Finished 22.08.2018Genre non fiction travel writingRating A 20WorldFromMyArmchairConclusion Traveling is always an adventurebut Lois Pryce has taken it to a new level a woman on a solo motorcycle journeythrough the Middel East, Iran.What will she come up against How will she cope This is an impressive piece of travel writing Trivia Shortlisted E Stanford Travel Book of the Year 2017Review Finished 22.08.2018Genre non fiction travel writingRating A 20WorldFromMyArmchairConclusion Traveling is always an adventurebut Lois Pryce has taken it to a new level a woman on a solo motorcycle journeythrough the Middel East, Iran.What will she come up against How will she cope This is an impressive piece of travel writing Trivia Shortlisted E Stanford Travel Book of the Year 2017Review


  6. Thebooktrail Thebooktrail says:

    Visit the locations in the novelOne of the most interesting and honest travelogues I ve had the pleasure to read Riding through the Iranian desert on a motorcycle is not the kind of thing I would ever think of to do but it would be an epic experience to do it I now feel I have as Lois is as affable and as friendly as I hope any travel companion would be.She questions her own beliefs about the Muslim culture and religion, her Western values, her new discoveries, the new people she meets and h Visit the locations in the novelOne of the most interesting and honest travelogues I ve had the pleasure to read Riding through the Iranian desert on a motorcycle is not the kind of thing I would ever think of to do but it would be an epic experience to do it I now feel I have as Lois is as affable and as friendly as I hope any travel companion would be.She questions her own beliefs about the Muslim culture and religion, her Western values, her new discoveries, the new people she meets and her sense of adventure is great Some strange experiences and some somewhat dangerous ones mingle with moments of amazement and sheer delight.Most of people she meets are lovely and it s great to meet such colourful characters There s lots of moments of history, anecdotes and insights into her doubts and misgivings which adds to the tension of the whole journey I found this honest and raw, and I m impressed with this traveller s taste for the unknown and an affinity with her surroundings.Have since been lucky enough to meet Lois and she s as lovely as she comes across in this book A real explorer with a heartfelt desire to see the real country and she succeeds The face of Iran is not one we often get to see in this way but this book really shines a light on its beauty


  7. Graham Graham says:

    Lois Pryce, an experienced round the world motorcycle traveller, parks her bike outside the Iranian embassy in London and returns to find a note attached, saying We are not all terrorists I am from Shiraz, the most hospitable city in the world Come and visit us So eventually she does just that, and this book is the result It was very unusual for a woman to travel on her own, and it was before the Iran deal increased tourism, but it gives an excellent picture of ordinary life in Iran, and Lois Pryce, an experienced round the world motorcycle traveller, parks her bike outside the Iranian embassy in London and returns to find a note attached, saying We are not all terrorists I am from Shiraz, the most hospitable city in the world Come and visit us So eventually she does just that, and this book is the result It was very unusual for a woman to travel on her own, and it was before the Iran deal increased tourism, but it gives an excellent picture of ordinary life in Iran, and the disconnect between the government and the people Would WE want to be judged by Our government I think not Lois is obviously an intrepid and observant traveller, but she gives a good account of the variety of people she meets and the contradictions in the complex Iranian personality Because I hope to visit Iran later this year, and to go to the four cities Lois visits, I found this an invaluable taster It makes me all the keener to travel there


  8. Alyson Alyson says:

    I felt an immediate affinity and kinship with Lois Pryce While this subsided slightly at times, I still finished the book wishing she would be my travel companion one day Revolutionary Ride is an honest and unabashed journey through Iran, from the pov of a white, middle class British woman She is adventurous, open minded, and honest about her own prejudices and fears about her journey.It s a remarkable journey I so want to go to Iran now , and Pryce handles herself and her biases well, ev I felt an immediate affinity and kinship with Lois Pryce While this subsided slightly at times, I still finished the book wishing she would be my travel companion one day Revolutionary Ride is an honest and unabashed journey through Iran, from the pov of a white, middle class British woman She is adventurous, open minded, and honest about her own prejudices and fears about her journey.It s a remarkable journey I so want to go to Iran now , and Pryce handles herself and her biases well, even when it would be easier to just give up or hang out in acomfortable setting a few days longer She pushes herself every day to really learn about the people and the culture around her, and while she and the people she meets along the way usually walk away the better for each interaction, us readers are the real winners every time The Persian people we encounter throughout the travels book are almost all wonderful and friendly people But most have a thoroughly depressing air of hopelessness around them they have resigned themselves to life under a leader they hate, having to follow archaic rules they disagree with, and being viewed by an outside world that seems to be increasingly uninformed and uneducated, about the region and the people In many ways the ennui that sets in is a global epidemic in the modern world,They are scared, but it not just that Life in Iran is bad in many ways, but in some ways, for many people, it is quite comfortable, just comfortable enough for them to not want to, how would you say, rock the boatp78 This is how tyrannies are built, and this is how they remain in control And it s very depressing, not just for the wonderful people we meet in Pryce s book, but for the world as a whole Pryce s journey was remarkable, and it is good that she made it, wrote about it, and published it And while I was enchanted by the amazing people and culture of the Persian country, I also found it depressing that most people she talked to had simply given up decided that nothing was going to change, so why bother a feeling I, as an American, have been feeling for too many years as well.If I have one complaint about this book, it really was an inevitability she tries to understand the 21st century Persian culture and people through the analytical framework of a 21st century UK citizen Insisting on viewing the world or at least Iranians through the filter of British customs and etiquette comes across as foolish Often too often she will marvel at what she sees as irreconcilable contradictions in the people and customs she encounters muslims eating bacon and drinking, most often and she doesn t understand how such a paradox can exist This seems like an out of character naivete, and one rooted in ignorance about one specific religion culture I take it as fairly common knowledge that some catholic people eat meat on Fridays, and that often non orthodox conservative Jewish people don t keep kosher Many people I have met consider their religions to bea cultural identity than a strict code of mandates I have met catholic and jewish people who, while identifying as catholic or jewish, are athiests or agnostics in their religious convictions This inability unwillingness to separate the muslim culture from the muslim religion was frequent throughout the book, and it was annoying that Pryce did not even consider this a possibility in the Muslim religion This doesn t detract too much from the book overall still 5 stars , but it was distracting and disappointing


  9. Ted Hessler Ted Hessler says:

    Not really a motorcycle adventureI have read several of the author s motorcycle adventure books and loved them That is until I bought this one It is a well researched book on a westerner s travels in Iran and how the Iranian people are at odds with their restrictive government Certainly an adventure for Lois, but not much of a motorcycle adventure Too much political conjecture, not enough time on the bike.


  10. Tamela Rich Tamela Rich says:

    I wrote an extensive review of this, first published in the BMW magazine, On the Level Highlights of that review Just days after the November 2011 bombing of the British Embassy in Tehran, intrepid motorcycle traveler Lois Pryce found a note on her Yamaha TTR250, which was parked near the Iranian embassy in London It read Dear Sir,I have seen your motorbike and I think that you have travelled to many countries But I wonder, have you been to my country That is Iran It is very beautiful and I wrote an extensive review of this, first published in the BMW magazine, On the Level Highlights of that review Just days after the November 2011 bombing of the British Embassy in Tehran, intrepid motorcycle traveler Lois Pryce found a note on her Yamaha TTR250, which was parked near the Iranian embassy in London It read Dear Sir,I have seen your motorbike and I think that you have travelled to many countries But I wonder, have you been to my country That is Iran It is very beautiful and the Persian people are the most welcoming in the world Please do not think of what has happened here and in Tehran These are our governments, not the Iranian people WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS I wish that you will visit Iran so you will see for yourself about my country WE ARE NOT TERRORISTS Please come to my city, Shiraz It is very famous as the friendliest city in Iran, it is the city if poetry and gardens and wine Your Persian friend, HabibNow that s an invitation to adventure Although Lois had motorcycled the length of North and South America solo, and from London to Cape Town via many Muslim countries in North Africa, she faced several obstacles that Habib had not considered I m not sure he would have made the invitation had he known the owner of the little Yamaha was a woman After all, Iranian women are forbidden to ride bicycles and motorcycles in their country, although foreign women are technically allowed to do so Technically.We Americans know that the Iranian government refers to our country as the Great Satan, but most of us are unaware that the title Little Satan is bestowed upon the Brits Would Lois be putting a target on her back as a woman riding a motorcycle with British license plates through the country As Lois researched what she came to call the Habib Challenge, she took comfort and inspiration from her fellow British author and traveler, Freya Stark In 1930s Freya spent much of her life in the Middle East including Iran then called Persia Lois first challenge was the condition placed upon her visa that she must travel on public transportation, not a private vehicle Where s the fun in that She not only defied the condition, she brought her bike with her.Before boarding the train from Turkey to the Iranian border, her bike is inspected for hours Finally aboard, she is singled out by the police for questioning, fingerprinting, and entry to Interpol s database The tension mounts as the train rattles on will she be thrown in the notorious Evin Prison for defying the conditions of her visa For taking a photo For not wearing the headscarf properly Until reading Lois account of her travels in Revolutionary Ride On the Road in Search Of the Real Iran, I didn t fully appreciate that the same Persian spirit of independence that conceived the Islamic Republic now encourages everyday acts of low level subversion to its strictures Lois the unaccompanied motorcyclist, gets the inside scoop Two of her hosts, Omid and Tala, took her into their social milieu, drinking alcohol, listening to illegal hip hop and heavy metal music, and partying sans headscarf I can get you bacon if you want, offered Omid, with the sneaky wink of a playground drug dealerThe authorities know exactly what goes on, said Omid They organize all the smuggling, the booze, the satellite TV, prostitution it s a big racket run by the Revolutionary Guards And everyone knows it Lois concludes, For me, this was the most important theme of my journey the government and its people are separate entities Making this separation felt important, on both sides Lois Twitter bio refers to her as a Persophile, a lover of Persian culture, history, and people When you read Revolutionary Ride it s easy to see why


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