Curious and curiouser II

Curious facts about Iran Mark II:

Petrol costs 10c/litre (and that’s Australian cents).

Traffic is so bad, motorbikes regularly drive on the footpaths.

Iran holds the second largest number of executions after China and before the US.

Homosexuality is illegal and punishable by the death penalty, but you can get a government loan for a sex change.

70% of the population is under 35 years of age.

The billboard stuck on the side of a salt lake for garlic shampoo.

About the author

Fear is found on a creaking glacier in the Caucasus mountains and joy is encapsulated in the perfect Shanghai dumpling. And while I love a $500-a-night hotel room (who doesn’t?), sometimes the best stories are found in a $20 guesthouse. With an eye always out for good markets and great street eats, I write the travel news and features for the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers, and features for whoever else asks. I have a particular soft spot for the wilds of the Middle East, scarves and carpets. My articles and photographs have been published in a range of consumer magazines and newspapers in Australia and abroad, and occasionally I chat on radio, too, from Essentials Magazine to 3AW or the Irish Times.

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