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In search of junub, the hippie spirit of Iran’s south

www.theguardian.com • March 16, 2020

Photographer Mykolas Juodele captures the relaxed atmosphere of Iran’s Persian Gulf islands

Among Iranian youths, junub carries much more meaning than just its literal definition of south. It has long been synonymous with an adventurous trip, a breath of fresh air and a sense of freedom. When winter cold comes to most of Iran, in its southern provinces young Iranians scatter around the remote beaches and mountains of the Persian Gulf islands.

Here, they enjoy the company of other open-minded Iranians and relative safety to pursue their personal freedoms, engage in creative activities, exchange ideas and form long-term connections that last far beyond the beaches of Hormoz or Hengam. The Iranian travellers discover their country, reconnect with nature and bind closely with the local communities, which thrive from the constant influx of tourists and travellers.

Iranian travellers Sina and Ershad teach local kids how to play hang drum. Sina and Ershad are both local Instagram stars having over 120,000 followers combined.