The eerie green lights of the night that had heighten my fears as a lone foreign woman in Na’in, a small town of Iran. While the country remains one of the friendliest in the world with safe bigger towns that are more populated with tourists, some precautions still have to be taken for women travellers. I have learnt from personal experiences to avoid the small towns with few tourists and being out at night, and to avoid going alone to places off-town. It was in this very street I was walking on that a car driver was aggressively tailing behind for at least a good twenty minutes, appearing in front at small lanes out of nowhere with his windows scrolled down, honking and catcalling while at that. Creeped out, I stopped for dinner to seek “refuge” at a fast food restaurant in the streets just to be met with another intimidating accost from someone else. Tired of the wrongful attention received as a foreigner and being the prime target of inappropriate gestures, I concealed my face with a mask, sunglasses and the hood of my winter coat while braving a night walk back to the hotel. The town I still consider the worst experience and night in the country, in spite of similarly creepy and negative incidences in other towns. If such situations are to occur again, I will take a photo of the car plate and lodge a police report. I will scream for attention too when accosted in public. Better still, point at the harasser to attract even more attention. It works all the time and is immediate in sending harassers scrambling away. .
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