Here we are - at Bandar-e-Abbas, in front of the strait of Hormuz and Dubai. Bandar means port, Abbas stands for Shah Abbas the first who established the port in the 17th century. Since the Iraq-Iran war and the Gulf wars, Bandar-e-Abbas is regaining prosperity and is now a hub for goods going to Afghanistan and Central Asia- through newly built roads. It is a mixture of population with a significant sunni and hindu minority. The people here are called "bandaris". There is not much to see, the city is dedicated to shipping... and smuggling ! On our side, the administrative formalities are a big struggle, we hope to get it done by tomorrow... after which, Foxy Shahzadi will be on the road again !
15 novembre 2009