Earlier that guy smiled to me, I smiled back and next thing was showing me this message written on his phone, as he couldn't speak any word in English. I was shocked. I typed that it would be nice but I didn't know how we were going to communicate. "I have a teacher friend. She will help me." I was not really understanding what was all about but just kept typing on the phone and all the bus trip was like that until we reached Kashan.
Anyway, we got to Kashan and Hossein, that's his name, offerred us to stay overnight at his home, which we refused because we consiered enough help if he wanted to show us the city the following day. He anyway took us to our hotel, Ehsan House, a nice traditional house transformed into a hotel with a nice courtyard in the middle. There, he asked us at what time should he come to the hotel the following day to pick us up and show us the city. We agreed a time and he left. Totally shocked with his behaviour. He was extremely nice, and even if he couldn't speak any single word in English he wanted to be our guide and to be with us all the time. Iranian people really take hospitality to another level!
After Hossein left, we went for some sleep and then back to look for a place to eat. And in less than 5 minutes we had again Ibrahim next to us. It looked like he was smelling us! This time he took us to the bazar (where we met a quite strange Polish couple), then to the shrine in the bazar, we spent some time inside it and even had some tea!, then to have some cakes and tea at a nearby pastisserie (the guys there were, of course, extremely nice and they invited us to everything and we were taking pictures with them) and later to the mosque. As we were in the month of Muharram the mosques give free food in the evenings, so there we went. We got some food and some milk, and Ibrahim explained us a lot of things about Kashan, the Islam and whatever we wanted to know. He is a really nice guy who just likes to spend some time with foreigners and who hopes to make some money taking tourists to the desert in order to some day being able to leave Iran and look for a better life abroad, according to what he said. That's why, after he insisted a bit more with the desert trip, we decided to think about it.
We said goodbye, he gave us his phone number, and went to the hotel to sleep a bit, as the following morning we were supposed to take a bus and head to Esfahan, probably the most famous of the Iranian cities.
Early morning we went to the bus station and we jumped into a bus which in 3 hours should take us to Esfahan.
As a summary, Kashan is a really nice city, far more relaxed than Tehran, with a nice bazar, nice shrine, beautiful traditional houses and even more beautiful traditional baths, but besides the sightseeing what it makes Kashan really special was the experiences we had with both Hossein and Ibrahim, something you cannot understand being a Westerner, actually we are still wondering how is it possible that they did everything they did for us just for the sake of spending time with us. Thank you!!!!
You can check our Kashan Guide in case you are interested in visitig it, but it's really likely you'll have a free and nice guide there!