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Iran: Make Love not War - Part 2 - Getting across the border

August 13, 2019

This is the second post about my overland Iran journey. In it, I cross over the border from Turkey, and talk about my visa problems and how to change money for Iran, including the importance of getting local debit card known as a Mah Card. At the end I introduce my new book 'Iran: Make Love not War' and the free download of my first book, 'A Maverick Traveller', which is now available from this site if you sign up for the newsletter.

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July 27, 2019

Iran: Make love not war?

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July 7, 2019

Prelude to Aspiring: Or, what to do when there's no snow in paradise

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June 18, 2019

'Tossed by the Wind': The rare and remarkable creatures of Tiritiri Matangi (Part Two)

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June 6, 2019

'Tossed by the Wind': The rare and remarkable creatures of Tiritiri Matangi (Part One)

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May 27, 2019

The Sanctuary Mountain

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May 23, 2019

The Catlins, continued

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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