This time next week I will be in Iran. Being the second month of the Persian calendar year, “ordibehesht” we can expect gorgeous spring temperatures of between 70-80 degrees with plenty of blossom on the trees and a general feeling of positivity following the end of winter. I have resurrected the Farsi lessons on my iPod, my case is 3/4 packed and I have chosen the places and sights that I want to visit whilst there.
It will also be interesting to see how the economic sanctions imposed on the country are affecting families and local businesses day-to-day. How much extra do we have to pay for fuel, rice or meat? Are there obvious shortages of certain food stuffs and what do I get for my Rials this time round?
I don’t want to spend all my time with family and friends talking politics and it is something I usually avoid but the opportunity to hear out their views on the current situation and how it affects them directly puts me in a privileged position of seeing things how they really are and not how they are portrayed on the news. It also gives me a dilemma. Undoubtedly the bullish attitude towards the sanctions would be to deny their impact on the Iranian people and to “Keep calm and carry on” regardless. However, this is unrealistic and a bit more transparency and openness will go a long way to us understanding what is really going on behind the façade.
In the meantime I know that I want to see more of Esfahan’s famous pigeon towers, go down to the Gavkhuni swamp where the Zayandeh-Rud (river) at places 800m wide dissipates into salt marshes, and visit the Flower Garden (Baq-e-Gol).
All this before breakfast on day 1!
Praying for a safe and happy journey for you.
Thanks Judy-I’m hoping that internet access will be available. We had to install a filter last time to get onto the net which was a bit of a pain. I don’t like being totally incommunicado!
I’m looking forward to hearing about it!
I am soooo jealous. I would love to visit Iran. I remember those pigeon towers from your previous visit. Politics aside, I hope that your family and friends are managing alright. I look forward to hearing more about the trip.
Thank you. I appreciate that I am very lucky to be able to visit such a beautiful city like Esfahan. It really is very special and you will be bombarded with photos and blog posts-internet access permitting. I’m hoping to find some more pigeon towers which are an Esfahani oddity….I think they are a wonderful idea! Sad but true. It sounds like the family are ok but I do know that Feri’s sister has a year’s supply of rice stocked up in our spare room! It will be interetsing to see what a year’s supply of rice looks like when you feed 10-20 people at each meal…..:)
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