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Nuclear site tourism, courtesy of Iran

Nuclear site tourism, courtesy of Iran Iran is, no doubt, a fascinating country to visit. As James Vlahos writes in this New York Times article today, being "an American in Iran" is not as scary as the Axis of Evil rhetoric might suggest. He found the people of Iran to be friendly, the history to be incredible,...

Why wait a year for your next New Year's Eve?

Why wait a year for your next New Year's Eve? How was New Year's Eve in your neck of the woods? If you were a little disappointed with how it turned out, don't wait a full year before your next opportunity for end of year shenanigans. Just hop on a plane/train/taxi or chartered donkey and head overseas to intercept...

Fortune-telling on the rise in Iran

Fortune-telling on the rise in Iran If you happen to be in Iran and want to have your fortune told, you're in luck. The news on the streets, (in the paper-see article by Zahra Hosseinian) is that fortune tellers are on the rise. Tarot cards, reading coffee grounds, or having a love bird pick a poem written by...

The Search for Homosexuals in Iran

The Search for Homosexuals in Iran I don't want to get political or anything, but I just have to say that New York has been fun this week with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cruising the city and enjoying the spotlight. My gay friends have especially enjoyed his statements about Iran having no homosexuals and, now,...

It's Official, Ramadan Starts Today and Tomorrow

It's Official, Ramadan Starts Today and Tomorrow Ramadan, the Muslim holy period of fasting starts with the sighting of the new moon. That's today--or tomorrow, depending on which country you're in. Turns out, the new moon isn't the only marker. Astrologicial calculations might be a factor. Here's an article that explains...

Savvy Traveler: Arab vs Muslim

Savvy Traveler: Arab vs Muslim It is a little frightening how many people use the terms "Arab" and "Muslim" interchangeably. Shows how much we know about that region of the world even after years of being intimately involved with the Middle East. One often hears that people say "Arabs" when referring to...

Photo of The Day (08/13/07)

Photo of The Day (08/13/07) A house in Kandavan, Iran. Fascinating living arrangements, as captured by Daniel Michalek during his 2004 trip to Iran. I must say that Iran is one country I would love to visit. Hopefully, I will manage to do that before their President wipes it off the planet. ***If...

Skiing in Iran?!?!

Skiing in Iran?!?! Quick! What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word, Iran? I'll bet quite a number of things come to mind but I but not a single one involves skiing. Cuttin' up the slopes, in fact, is probably the last image most people have of Iran and yet the country is...

Iran Photo Project on Flickr

Iran Photo Project on Flickr There's an interesting photo project going on at Flickr called the iRAN Project. I came across it a month or so ago and bookmarked for a later mention. It appears to have been set up by a Madhi Ayat as a way for photographers in Iran to show day- to-day life as they...

Photo of the Day (4/4/07)

Photo of the Day (4/4/07) This brightly colored green door wedged between what looks to be a very old stone wall is the entrance to the home of La Nina Melon's uncle's place in Neishabour, Iran. And I'd say it is a very welcoming door. These days as I day dream about taking a trip to Iran, I went in...

More Persian New Year Fun

More Persian New Year Fun One thing I like about knowing when New Year is celebrated in other countries is that it gives me an opportunity to extend renewal. Like fellow gadling blogger Adrienne Wilson detailed in her post yesterday on March 20, this is the time of the Persian New Year. On my...

Nooroz Mobarak or Happy New Year

Nooroz Mobarak or Happy New Year When some of woke up this morning and turned our calendars to Tuesday, March 20, 2007 another part of the planet and even some of our friends nearby were turning the page to the first day of a new year - the year is now 1386. Nooroz (Persian New Year) is no stranger to the...

Carving Powder...in Iran

He just wanted to go skiing...and enjoy a little adventure. So Jasin Nazim and his family packed their skis and snowboards and headed off for a family vacation. They didn't head to Canada, or Aspen, or even Switzerland. They wanted adventure -- so they headed to Iran....

No Boys Allowed: Iran Plans Female-Only Island

No Boys Allowed: Iran Plans Female-Only Island Sick of getting harassed by men while laying on the beach? Iran is planning to convert an island in the Western Azerbaijan province to a female-only tourist spot, where strict Islamic law forbids mixing men and women in public. According to Reuters, "Parts of Iranian...

Word for the Travel Wise (01/31/07)

Word for the Travel Wise (01/31/07) As much as I like to throw out some odds and ends type of words, this is a feature to help travelers speak the language while they're on the road and therefore I must provide some I feel will undoubtedly assist the backpacker to find his or her way. Today's word is a Farsi...

Photo of the Day (1/10/07)

Photo of the Day (1/10/07) As we find ourselves slowly getting through the middle of the work week I decided to pick this shot out of Iran taken by La Nina Melon, during her trip early last year of the two men working. Not sure if the shot was taken on Chahar shanbe or Wednesday during her Tehran...

Word for the Travel Wise (12/31/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (12/31/06) As promised I'm taking this one full year of language from across the globe and from the teeny tiny villages found in the Congo out with an explosive big bang! Okay, so you saw right through my attempt to hype it up, but really this is an exciting time. 2007 is only hours...

Word for the Travel Wise (12/30/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (12/30/06) Since I started this whole word feature off with a word out of Iran I figured I'd end it in the same manner. Today isn't the last day of the year, but tomorrow I'll be bringing a language medley and so this day will act as the last day for any single country language...

Word for the Travel Wise (12/25/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (12/25/06) Wishing all who are celebrating this Christmas holiday a very merry day. May Santa bring you everything you wish for and more! Today we say Merry Christmas in various languages: Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka ! Catalan - Bon Nada! Lithuanian - Linksmu Kaledu! Dutch -...

Alex Nicks and Tweaking the Nose of Terror

Alex Nicks and Tweaking the Nose of Terror Alex Nicks is probably the best white water kayaker I've ever paddled with. Perhaps that's not saying much, as I've only been white water kayaking about a dozen times, but the fact is Alex is a phenomenal kayaker. He is, as I understand it, one of Britain's best. I took a...

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