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From fear to trust By Kristina Paltén & Desirée Wahren Stattin
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Over a period of 58 days, Kristina Palten ran across the vastness of Iran, from the Turkish border through desert heat via the Caspian Sea, to snow-covered mountains near Turkmenistan. Running an... More > average of 37 kilometers per day, she started in Bazargan by the Turkish border and finished in Bajgiran on the north-eastern border, running a total of 1,840 kilometers. By her side was her only companion, “Baby Blue,” as Platen named her light blue pushchair that carried her 25 kilograms of baggage, which included a tent, a sleeping bag, books and vehicle repair gear. MEE met Palten at a cafe in downtown Stockholm and asked why she chose to run through Iran last autumn. “For so many reasons,” she says. “The nature is supposed to be beautiful and the people generous and kind.” That, she continues, is at least if you listen to the people who have been to Iran. Others are likely to be influenced by the mainstream media's more negative portrayal of the Islamic country.< Less

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