Trees in the desert just outside Maranjab Caravansary, one of the many caravanseries along the Silk Road.
After lunch, Hamed was anxious as we were behind time. Our programme included a stop at some sand dunes, Namak Salt Lake and an island in Kavir Desert. Others did not look as concerned as him. But Hamed is a serious man. Not that he has no sense of humour, on the contrary, he can be very funny. He is an engineer, he plans, he is systematic and intelligent, a natural leader. He is kind, generous and honest. He does not like junk food, such as potato chips, unlike his friends. He likes things to be natural; he rather snacks on fruits and nuts and of course, everything made by Somayeh. He will tell you that his soap is made from olive oil and his shampoo contains extracts from a type of plant from the desert. Hamed and Somayeh would try to rise when the sun rises and take a walk at a park before going to work. Yes, he is serious about living, with a romantic heart, an idealistic vision and a progressive mind.