As if flying to Tehran isn’t a journey unto itself, the drive into the city seems never ending. When you consider most major international flights from Europe don’t arrive until late, late, late at night (My Lufthansa flight arrived at 1:20 am), by the time you pass immigration and find your luggage in a sea […]Read more "Welcome Back – خوش آمدید"
30th of Khordad – 2nd of Tir 1390/June 20th-23rd, 2011 As the title of this post suggest, Shiraz is indeed where the lovers go. This charming city is home to two of the greatest Persians of all time Khwāja Shamsu d-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī, more commonly known as Hafez and Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh […]Read more "Shiraz – Where the Lovers Go"
27th-30th of Khordad, 1390/June 17th-20th, 2011 It amazes me that years and years ago, someone thought it would be a great idea to settle down in an area surrounded by salt lakes, in the middle of wilderness between two deserts. Someone thought it was a good idea, otherwise Yazd would not be here today. I’ll […]Read more "A long time ago in a desert far, far away…The city of Yazd"
24th-27th of Khordad 1390/June 14th-17th, 2011 First and foremost to the the handful of people (my family) who like to read this blog I apologize for being so late in posting. I’ve definitely fallen far behind in my posts. In my defense our internet wasn’t working for a bit and then I went on yet […]Read more "Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast – Esfahan is half the world"
“Today Neyshabur is a small provincial town containing only a few historical monuments, but it was once one of the most glorious centres of all Persia” (Iran – Persia: Ancient and Modern, 208). Almost two hours outside of Mashhad is the city of Neyshabur. The city itself is less than memorable, small and not very […]Read more "Neyshabur and Tus"
19th-24th of Khordad 1390/June 9th-14th, 2011 The Caliph Ma’mun invited the Eigth Shia Imam Reza to his capital in Merv (Near the present-day Mary, in the Republic of Turkmenistan) with the intention to make Imam Reza his heir. After much consideration, he accepted the invitation from the Caliph and began his journey. As he rested […]Read more "Laleh Goes to Mashhad"
Jomeh, the 3rd of Tir 1390/Friday, June 24th, 2011 To all who have been looking for my blog, but haven’t seen new posts, I apologize profusely. This is for two reasons: 1) I’m an inherently lazy person. 2) I haven’t had internet for the past two weeks. Alas, I am now back online and all […]Read more "Show must go on"
Doshanbeh, the 9th of Khordad 1390/Monday, May 30, 2011 Sadra and I had a pretty relaxed day lounging around the house before meeting up with some friends of ours from Boulder, Soroush, who was already in town and Ehsan, who was driving in from Esfahan. We decided to meet up at a famous square at […]Read more "A kitten, a nephew and other things"
Shanbeh, the 7th of Khordad 1390/Saturday, May 28, 2011 In Iran, like many Muslim countries, Friday is considered to be the weekend. Saturday is the first day of the week and not the week end. So here is my cheesy joke for this post. In Iran people have a bad case of the Shanbehs and […]Read more "Wait the weekend was over Friday?"
Jomeh, 6th of Khordad 1390/Friday, May 27, 2011 Let me start off by saying a big Tavallodet Mobarak to Sadra. Happy Birthday! Today was easily the most eventful of my trip. Lots to discuss, but first let me recognize this day wouldn’t be possible without Sadra’s cousin Vahid and future brother-in-law Reza. They went above […]Read more "Azizam naya mikhoratet – Honey don’t come he’ll eat you!"