To much of the west this place is terrifying at worst and confusing at best. However, while it certainly has had its share of troubles, my experiences were far from the misshapen image we have forged back home. Our group was embraced by welcoming friendly faces, curiosity, and true eastern hospitality. The most challenging part of a trip like this is letting go of your own predisposed notions from years of being told what a place is. It’s releasing the negative stigmas and embracing the welcoming curious nature of the country and its people.