My personal favorite (and final) travel Throw Back Thursday yet, Iran – my home country. We call it home, even though I wasn’t born there, nor have I ever lived there. But every time we travel there, it really feel likes home because of family. I have 7 aunts and uncles (just on my mom’s side) and 27 first cousins (you can see a fraction photographed above)…I seriously love every trip “home” and I devastated to leave every time. Because of my surgery this summer, I wasn’t physically able to go visit family. So I thought it would be nice to take a trip down memory lane of my trip from 2012. I wasn’t a blogger then, so didn’t take pictures of things I should have (work with me here). I photographed nonsense things, so here is what I scrapped together that hopefully makes a some what interesting post! Enjoy my loves!
My point of view most days, the back of a taxiIn case you weren’t aware, Iran has a strict dress code for women – Head scarves, jackets to the knees, sleeves that hit the wrist, and pants or skirts that go to or below your ankles – if you are in public. At home you are free to wear what you wish. It’s harsh (in the point of view of an american), I know, but it doesn’t stop us from visiting.
The daily drink, Rani – in both English and Farsi, although I’m not sure why. My favorite Persian meal, Zereshk (said exactly as spelled) Polo (rice). How I feel while with family – all giggles and laughs!Just a few of my beautiful cousins. 1. Samaneh 2. Nadia 3. Setareh 4. Bhaharak
Yup my mommy has a twin (and they are hilarious together)
I spend most of my time in Tehran, the capital of the beautiful country, but my mother makes it point that we must go straight to our roots (the small town she was born in) – Shahmirzad, Iran. You could call it a village, but actually its quite hip. They have their own university and most residents are ballers and own acres and acres of land. Sure you get bored easily with out internet and such, but it forces us kids to make our time well spent. Here are a few pictures of Shahmirzad. My cousin said not to snap the shot, but I couldn’t help it. If you look closely, she’s grinning.
Public piggy bank. The idea is that you “donate” your money in this banks, and the government will distribute it to help the poor…which is ironic because I felt I saw more homeless people than opposite.
Hipster wall art Just chillin’ in the backyard of our family home My mother always insists on giving random strangers rides, but this particular passenger was just so precious I couldn’t help but sneak in a shot. The last three photos are of a friend I made at a cemetery, Parisa. Tradition in Iran is to bring an offering when visiting a family member who has passed and sharing it with others visiting their lost as well. My mother brought Persian sweets to share and this little girl shared her popcorn. She walked around to each of us saying “Hi my name is Parisa, and I’m a girl – have some popcorn!” I tried to keep my giggles in while snapping quick shots of her. We talked for a bit and then I had to say goodbye. I’ll never forget her humble little spirit that befriended every person in sight. These two boys are our adorable neighbors! They don’t exactly look Persian even though they carry darker features, they are Afghani. I think they are beautiful. Also I think this was the first time a professional camera snapped pictures of them.
These two kids had never seen a camera until they saw me walking down their street snapping shots of random things. They were shocked and amazed by the sound of my shutter – so shocked that they followed me home. That’s them outside of our house on their bikes. I probably took over 100 pictures of them and 5 videos (which they also have never seen in the flesh). But what struck me most was this last photograph. His ability to be so raw in front of the camera (something he had met only 10 minutes) blew me. He was so pure at heart and you can see it in eyes. It doesn’t seem magical, but after taking them it felt special being able to experience this with little kids. And of course we snapped one together! And they came to visit me every day before we left.
I truly hope you enjoyed the snap shots from my travels to Iran. Let me know in a comment what you enjoyed.
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