In Ankara we stayed again at Mutlu's place. He was quite surprised: "you're like a boomerang, you go and you come back". Yes, exactly like a boomerang thanks to the Tajik embassy. We finally spent 3 nights in Ankara when it was not even in the plan stopping there.
With anything better to do, we decided to sightsee a bit Trabzon, and it ended up being a really nice city. The center is Ataturk Square, nothing special, but from there 3 main streets start. One is a pedestrian commercial street like the ones you have in all big cities. Another one is a big and busy street and the last one a beautiful street leading to the old town and the Bazar. It was the National Turkish day so the city and the Bazar were fully crowded.
Next morning it was time to try our luck for the second time at the Iranian consulate. They open at 9am, so we decided to show up at 8:30 just in case. There were already 3 more travellers waiting in front of the door, so it looked like today they should open. A few more people came before 9 and some of them said that they were trying to get the visa for one week (in Batumi they took 5 days, in Trabzon it was closed, etc). Finally at 9 the doors opened, we got inside, were checked passports, were given an application form to fill in, asked for 2 pictures and done! Now we just had to go to a bank to pay the visa fee and hopefully the following day at 4:30pm we should have our Iranian visa stamped in the passport. We will see if it's that easy!
Just one reccomendation: make sure you are at the consulate when they open. We were 9 people waiting there, we got inside and at 9:50 one guy showed up and the consul told him to come back tomorrow, today it's full. They are supposed to open until 12pm, so it was stupid to tell that guy it was full for today! What's more, the consulate will open tomorrow and then close for 5 days, so the guy will have to wait at least 6 days for his visa.
On the next post there will hopefully be a picture of the Iranian visa!
See you on the road!