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 can be remedied.
The past two weeks Sadra and I have been traveling throughout Iran. We took a flight to Mashhad, known for it’s holy shrine for Shi’ites. Then onward to Tus and Neyshabur as little day trips from Mashhad. Next we flew to Esfahan, known for…well too many things, but mainly as the historical capital under the Safavid Dynasty starting in 1501. Then we took a train to Yazd, a charming old world city whose temperatures rise up to 120 degrees in the day and reminds me a lot of the home planet of Tatooine in Star Wars. From Yazd we took a bus to Shiraz, home to poets Hafez and Saadi and took a side trip to Parsa also known as Persepolis. If this doesn’t ring a bell, the “monstrous” Persians that the Greeks fought against in the movie 300 called Persepolis their capital.
So check out the following blog posts for the details on each city. To wet your appetite, I leave you with my boarding pass to my flight from Tehran to Mashhad. (Those of you who know how to spell my name will take amusement in it.)