I think Isfahan is the only city in Iran I haven’t really blogged about yet. When we visited, it was a religious holiday, so everyone took advantage of it to go out to the main square in Isfahan and picnic (according to Nadia, the second largest square in the world after somewhere in China?). I … More A Picnic in Isfahan
Well, I was supposed to spend 9 days in Turkey, but it turned into “I’m sick I need to go home early”. I didn’t go outside very often (and when I did I was constantly harassed..) because I wasn’t feeling well, but here’s some pictures. Here’s a lazy blog post about my lazy few days … More A few photos of Istanbul
For my last full day in Iran, my guide Nadia’s immediate and extended family surprised us by taking us to eat at a traditional restaurant high in the mountains of northern Tehran. (but before that, we had to do all sorts of walking and taking the metro. Did you know Tehran has a modern metro? … More Final day in Tehran: Family lunch
Don’t read this post if you’re hungry, because we’re about to have real talk about a week of eating authentic Persian cuisine. I was first exposed to Iranian food in Dubai at one of the malls where there are several Iranian options at the food court. One of the first times I went there, I … More Let’s talk about Persian food!
I’ll catch up on Iran soon, but I need to get out my feelings about my time in Istanbul. Edit: This isn’t one of my usual “I went to this place and did fun things!” posts – it’s a bit of a rant. As I am travelling alone, I don’t have another person with whom I … More Istanbul: Expectations != Reality
From Tehran (still somehow Day 1! The previous few posts are still about this day…), Nadia (my guide) and I flew to Shiraz at 5:30pm. We flew not from IKA (the international airport I’d arrived at earlier), but the older Mehrabad airport which is now a regional airport. We had to arrive only one hour … More The Journey to Shiraz
Prior to landing in Shiraz, we flew over a lake that had turned pink due to its iron content. I saw the edge of it out the window and my thoughts were “is that a lake? Is it… pink?!?”. Once I realized that it was indeed a pink lake, I was pretty excited about it. … More Pink Lake near Shiraz