An infidel abroad -- request for info
If you have been to any of those three countries, I'd be interested in your impressions, especially concerning:
1) Attitudes of local people toward Americans (regardless of what the attitude of the government is). Is it common to run into hostility or do most people accept having Americans visit the country?
2) Safety. Is crime a problem? In the case of Iran, is an American visiting the country likely to be targeted by the government or police in some way?
3) How commonly people speak English. I can speak a limited amount of Persian, but no Greek or Italian. I always try to learn some of the language of any place I go to, but some languages are more difficult than others and I don't have the same ability to assimilate them as I did when I was younger (as I discovered when I tried to learn some Russian before my last trip).
4) Cigarette smoke. Is it easy to avoid in public places, restaurants, and the like? And I do mean avoid it. I have bad reactions to even a slight exposure.
5) Vegetarian food -- is it easy to get?
I realize that in a couple of years conditions could change in any of these places, especially with the economic upheaval in Greece and Rouhani's reforms in Iran, but anything readers have experienced will still be worth knowing.