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Passports please

Having read several blog entries, along with warnings from the Lonely Planet, we weren’t particularly surprised when we got pulled over by two ‘plain-clothes policeman’ in an unmarked white car demanding to see our passports. If we weren’t already suspicious by the lack of any visual evidence confirming that the two had even the most tenuous connection with the local constabulary, my mind was made up when one of the guys waved what could been a bus card in my face. The guy repeated “PASSPORT”. I replied “NO”… with exceptionally clear undertones of “bloody way” and “sod off and leave us alone”, before riding on.

Ten minutes later we were still being tailed by the unmarked white car. I turned around and cycled up to the car to confront the crime-fighting duo to reaffirm that their long-arms were going nowhere near our passports. I decided to try and call their bluff by threatening to photograph them and their number plate so I could later check with the bona fide police force. “NO PHOTO! NO PHOTO!” was the reply. Reinforced with the lazer-generatingly intense eye contact of Superman I told them to “GO!”, as I pointed them down the highway, they looked at me and drove off. With head and chest inflated with pride, I caught up with Mary and told her what had happened.

To say I was nervous when minutes later the flashing lights, green stripes and uniforms clearly authenticated the legitimacy of the police that had, with a sense of urgency, pulled over and was now blocking our passage, would be an understatement. I was shitting myself! Courageous undertones were instantly replaced with complete subservience as my shaking hands immediately handed over our passports. Turns out the unmarked guys who originally pulled us over we just doin’ their job and had called for emergency backup when these renegade cycle tourists rudely refused to show their passports.

Discussion

16 Responses to “Passports please”

  1. Magic

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    Posted by Ian H | June 20, 2012, 7:19 am
  2. Holy shit! Gotta love foreign police. Now wind your neck in and stay safe x

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    Posted by Ben | June 20, 2012, 7:45 am
  3. fantastic! made my morning! Poor buggers must have been terrified. Bon chance

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    Posted by oliver | June 20, 2012, 8:16 am
  4. Wow, maybe get yourself a copy of your passports in case something similar happens again. :)

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    Posted by Craigy boy Allen | June 20, 2012, 11:35 am
  5. Fair enough, if they couldn’t prove to you who they were you we’re right to tell them to go get bummed. If they were genuine they should have easily been able to convince you they were legit. Too legit to quit, even. Stay safe yous two…

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    Posted by Anners | June 20, 2012, 3:24 pm
  6. For goodness sake (and Mary’s) rein in your natural insouciance before you get banged up! Very funny though…

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    Posted by Mum/Marian | June 20, 2012, 5:28 pm
  7. hello pete and mary.you will see this kind of people in Turkamanestan and uabakestn most of the time unfortunatly.don’t show your passport to anyone.take care of yourself.the police number is ((110)) in Iran.call polic if you feel that you are in danger.bon voyage!!

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    Posted by hamed | June 21, 2012, 1:26 pm
  8. You guys have to be nuts and I am so pleased my kids aren’t cycling through Iran! I have friends who can help if you get stuck…. stay well and keep going (but fast). x
    ps. How are the nuts this time of year??

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    Posted by Lee | June 21, 2012, 10:34 pm
  9. Wicked story! More, more!
    Can’t be too careful though! Be safe x

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    Posted by Wrenna | June 25, 2012, 2:07 pm
  10. u are great person pete, how ever those who is distroying the face of our country with wrong behavior are the reason but i can see many people who are not open minded while they are living in democratic socity, so i hope some day we find more friends like u who is able to see further than theyr nose, take care see u again may be here or ….

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    Posted by arman | July 4, 2012, 8:11 am
  11. with all respects to you, yes we have such people here who are the clear results of wrong leading and missing a great culture and also affected by the social problems like limitations but you as a person who is living in democratic society , u are easily able to free ure mind, but u limit ure mind ure self this is even worst. it is better not to decide about some thing that we dont know any thing about.

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    Posted by arman | July 4, 2012, 8:38 am
  12. last one is for the person who is called lee in the comments

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    Posted by arman | July 4, 2012, 8:40 am
  13. Jesus Peter scary stuff; In this day and age it is so hard to distinguish who is genuine! we live in such times as fraud and lies is an every day occurence ! I bet your arse was making “button holes”. Take care. The Kings.

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    Posted by Sylvia King | July 15, 2012, 8:38 pm
  14. Dear Lee,

    It seems you are a very short minded person. You have no idea about Iranians and how they live.
    Iran, regardless of its goverment, is a very nice country and very peasfull, even much safer than your country.
    The Surname “Lee” implies that you are from China. If you are from China, I better let you know that Iran is much much safer and better place to live.
    You are one of those people who turn on their TVs, watch the news and rely on just what they see and hear from Media and do not try to study about its false or truth even a single time.
    You reminded me of a university mate who has done higher education stage while he did not know Iranians do not ride camels. ‘It is shamefull’.

    ‘please learn more before you say more’.

    Cheers

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    Posted by Ehsan | July 29, 2012, 5:13 am
  15. Salam

    I am not Chinese and share the same country as Peter whom you have met. I am a family friend of long standing and make no apology for my epression of concern for these two young people. My message was directed to Peter and Mary and was not intended to offend you, whom I have never met. I continue to wish them both well and read with interest their various exploits and experiences.

    You seem to believe that if you are not Iranian you are ignorant of it ways. This is unfortunate, but you do have a point. I cannot speak for others, but having been to Iran on several occasions I have much respect for some of the problems that we as Westerners do not always fully understand. I have many friends in Iran who have showed me nothing but kindness on my visits to such a beautiful country. Amongst other things, I have a fondness for macadamia nuts and I am privileged to receive these as gifts from my Iranian friends, hence my reference to these small delicacies.

    Please take no more offence and let us work together to dispel the myth that Iranians ride camels and westerners learn only from the TV!

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    Posted by Lee | July 29, 2012, 7:35 am
  16. Dear Lee,

    Dorood (In Persian means Peace)

    (‘Salam’ is an Arabic word which I hate using it)

    I am a very proud Iranian (Persian) whose pride is having pure blood of “Cyrus the Great”.

    Unfortunately I live in Australia. I do not mean I am not happy here, ofcourse it is a very good country. This is unfortunate because the situation in Iran drove us out of our beloved country.
    As I’ve been living in this country for years I have met many people who have no idea about real world but what they see and hear from Media.
    some one asked me “Is it right that Iran is all a big desert full of hot sands?”. What do you think about these people when they ask you such silly question?

    I will apology if I’ve misjudged you but not many western people are like you. Believe me when I say not even small percentage of western people know my country good enough. This is a reality I have tasted it here.

    Somehow you might be right to warn Peter of danger in Iran if and only if you mention the danger is from goverment or any belonging organisation to it, not from people.
    I am pretty sure there were many Iranians who Peter has enjyed their hospitality while passing through Iran.

    Thank you for your reply and wish you all the best.

    Cheers

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    Posted by Ehsan | July 30, 2012, 7:13 am

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