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Rediscovering Home: A Journey Through Tehran, Iran (Part I)

Just a few weeks ago, I returned from an unforgettable trip to Iran, spanning seven weeks of reconnecting with old friends, family, and exploring the rich tapestry of this remarkable country. From Tehran to Kashan, Abyaneh to Esfahan, and Shiraz, each destination left an indelible mark on my soul.

My adventure began in Tehran, the vibrant capital nestled below the majestic Alborz Mountains. It had been almost a decade since I last set foot in Iran, and this trip marked my first visit to many of its iconic destinations. Growing up, my family and I often traveled abroad, and I realized I had yet to fully explore the beauty of my homeland.

Upon landing at Imam Khomeini International Airport, I was greeted by my childhood friend Alireza. As we drove through familiar streets, memories flooded back, and I couldn't help but feel a deep sense of nostalgia. In the days that followed, I strolled through the bustling streets of Tehran, revisiting places that held cherished memories from my youth, like Park Gheytarieh.

Tehran, with its bustling Grand Bazaar and magnificent Golestan Palace, captured my heart. The energy of the bazaar, filled with the aromas of sizzling kabobs and the chatter of shoppers, transported me to another world. Exploring the opulent architecture of the Golestan Palace, adorned with intricate glasswork, offered a glimpse into Iran's rich history under the Qajar Dynasty.

Venturing further, I immersed myself in the vibrant culture of Tehran's neighborhoods, from the bustling Tajrish Bazaar to the snowy slopes of Dizin Ski Resort. Each experience was a testament to the diversity and resilience of the Iranian people.

As I reflect on my time in Tehran, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to rediscover my roots and forge new connections. This journey has taught me invaluable lessons about myself and the importance of embracing my heritage.

Join me on this photographic journey through Tehran, and let these images serve as a testament to the beauty and warmth of Iran. Stay tuned for more tales from my travels across this enchanting land.

I've made a promise to myself to continue exploring this beautiful country, with its countless treasures waiting to be discovered. Until next time, Tehran, I'll be back soon.

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Stay tuned for Part II of my Iranian adventure, where I delve into the enchanting cities of Kashan, Abyaneh, Esfahan, and Shiraz.

View of Tehran from our rooftop.
Tehran's Grand Bazaar
Fresh Pomegranate Juice
Golestan Palace
People praying at Imamzadeh Saleh, Shemiran
Imamzadeh Saleh, Shemiran
A man working at his shop near Gheytariyeh
Ferdowsi Square in Tehran
Women praying at Imamzadeh Saleh, Shemiran
Selling fresh herbs at Tajrish Bazaar

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