Minutes later, he stamps my passport with a resounding thud and wishes me a pleasant stay in Iran.
Iran is most often seen in the Western news for either harboring an alleged nuclear weapons program, denying the Holocaust, or holding a “Death to America” rally.
Via chat roulette, he made American friends across the world that he regularly calls but has never met.
The man has watched more American movies in his 22 years than I will in a lifetime.
Despite limited civil service salaries, Masoud and his wife Mahboobeh go out of their way to demonstrate incredible hospitality.
“Our governments do not get along, but the people know better.
An antiquated fingerprinting machine cracks his resolve — he’s now smiling and giggling while holding my hand and trying to use it.
Explaining the concept of Couch Surfing only further lightens the mood.
It makes people want to get along even more.” My host Masoud attempts to explain the difference between the Iranian government and people.
This feels like an apt description of my experience thus far.