من لورا است – A simple Introduction

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Laura and I’m a twenty something American who has always had a touch of wander lust. In the past I have lived in Australia, Spain and most recently Brussels where I received my masters degree in international law and international relations.

This blog was a project started nearly three years ago in the summer of 2011 when I, for the first time, travelled to Iran. While I am an American, thanks to my marriage to a tall, dark and handsome Iranian man I have acquired a scarlet colored passport blazoned with the words – Islamic Republic of Iran. Initially this blog was a means to communicate easily with family and friends back home in order to reassure them that everything was ok and that I was not experiencing moments of Sally Field hysteria vis-a-vis Not Without My Daughter. During the two and a half months I spent in Iran, I was given the wonderful opportunity of visiting some of of Iran’s most beautiful cities. So as you can see the posts focus on the cities I travelled to along with stories about daily life in Tehran.

Fast forward to 2014 and I have decided to brush off the cobwebs of this dusty blog and continue writing while I’m in Iran. Three years have passed since I visited Iran and I look forward to seeing what has changed and what has stayed the same. My hope is that by reading this blog you might dispel some of your preconceptions while sharing some fun stories.

In addition to my blog I invite you to follow me on instagram – @kellogla . Full disclosure – I am the annoying instagram friend who posts food and cat photos so expect a lot of pictures of kabob and street kitties.

Drop me a line: kellogla@gmail.com

7 thoughts on “من لورا است – A simple Introduction

  1. Hi Laleh,
    I came across your blog as I was searching for pictures of Vank Cathedral in Tehran. I must say your blog is one of the most beautiful ones I have seen. You are a great writer and I would like encourage you to make all the contents of this blog into a book one day. As a matter of fact, I was thinking of sharing your blog with some American friends of mine and some coworkers to see and hear about Iran from American eyes. By the way, I have learned a little about photography from my wife who is a photographer, and I must you take pretty cool pictures too. Anyways, thanks for your posts and best wishes…..
    PS: Has anyone told you you look like Nicole Kidman? 🙂

    1. Sassan thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I look forward to updating this blog when I return to Iran again this summer for a family wedding. I’m already dreaming of shahtoot in Darband.

      Warm Wishes!

      Laura

  2. Love it! I’m America, married to an Iranian. Never been to Iran, but am going next month to stay for 6 months! Nervous and excited, and really happy to have found your blog!

    1. That’s tremendous Jessie Marie! I hope this blog helped settle some nerves. I must admit that along with all of the excitement to go to Iran, there were still lots of nerves. I’m so jealous you’ll be there for Norooz. I hope you have an excellent and positive experience. I’ll be headed back to Iran in May/June 2014, inshallah.

      Safe travels!

      Laura

      1. I’m not nervous, yet. Just filled with excitement, but I’m sure I’ll get some butterflies when I head off to the airport!

  3. Absolutely amazing. We worked together and I never knew of your wanderlust. Perhaps we should meet for Java during one of your breaks at PC. Karen

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