As the boat makes its way through the canes we cross backyards of houses right beside the lagoon. Here in Shadegan lagoon where migrant birds have flown for the winter, life seems to be set at a different time. The locals living around are of Arab speaking backgrounds and their economy runs from the production of dairy products, meat and of giving boat rides to visitors like us. Apart from cars, mobile phones and a few other bits، technology seems to have been released to the waters. But Persian hospitality is stronger than ever.
Visiting Shadegan lagoon on a week day and on a less touristy season has given us the chance to have the lagoon all to ourselves. Silence takes over until a massive water buffalo breaks into the waters and swims by our boat. A soft breeze gently strokes my face and the fierce sunshine hardly allows my eyes to witness the beauty other than behind my shades. Swirling clouds dance in the blue blue sky and pine trees adorn crumbling villages.
Our boat driver has brought his son along and every once in a while they have small conversations in Arabic. Despite years of having Arabic in our school curriculum, we don’t understand a word. It feels rather strange to be at your own home and not to be able to understand a local conversation. Something that happens very frequently when traveling in Iran. But here in Khuzestan, diversity is at another level.
We made a stop on a small island where we found a few Mozifs. They’re basically houses made entirely out of canes. The local men tell us their families have left for the city and they occasionally come here to work. The not so healthy looking animals don’t make that sound very promising to us. The curious look on our faces convinces them to give us the permission to look into whatever there is and so we leave no corner undiscovered.
The Shadegan lagoon is only glimpse of how naturally diverse Khuzestan is and this is only one out of three lagoons in the province. The scenery is enchanting and witnessing life on other terms always comes with life lessons which are the prominent souvenirs of travel. This little chunk of land was so picturesque that I thought I owe to you all to share more photos. Enjoy! 🙂