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7 weeks traveling through Iran: Tehran part I

View of Tehran from our rooftop.

Just a few weeks ago I came back from a trip to Iran. I was there for about 7 weeks visiting old friends, family members, and traveling through Iran. During my time there I visited some of Iran’s most extraordinary places and cities meeting many generous and amazing people along the way. Tried a lot of different delicious food like Kabob, Baghali Polo, Dizi, Mahi Sefid, Delo Jigar just to name a few. I promised myself to write a few blog posted sharing my experiences, so here it goes.

I started my trip in Tehran the capital city of Iran. Throughout my trip I ended up visiting Tehran, Kashan, Abyaneh, Esfahan, and Shiraz. Each place that I visited was unique in its own beautiful and simple way.

I was traveling back to Iran after almost ten years and it was my first time visiting many of these places. When I was growing up in Tehran we spent majority of our time traveling outside of Iran with my family and didn’t spend much time traveling this wonderful land of ours. It was such an incredible experience going back to a culture that I was so familiar with all my life and reconnecting with my past. I learned a lot about myself and the person that I want to be in my life.

I landed in Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport and was greeted by my childhood friend Alireza. He came and picked me up and we drove about an hour to get home. The first few days I spent adjusting to the climate and the air pollution. I would get out early and just walk around in the streets that I used to play when I was growing up in Tehran. Went to Park Gheytarieh a lot!

Tehran is the capital of Iran in the north of the country below the alborz mountains. It is a very large city with lots of different places to see. I visited Tehran’s Grand Bazaar on several occasions and loved it. It’s full of energy, with lots of people shopping and eating some really delicious food like Muslim Kabobi, or Kabob Turkey.

Tehran's Grand Bazaar

Fresh Pomegranate Juice

I also was able to visit the Golestan Palace which was mind blowing as well. The architecture and the glass work on these buildings gives you the sense of the type of power the Qajar Dynasty wanted to show at that time. Went to Tajrish bazaar, and visited Dizin Ski resort twice. Here are a few photos from my trip in Tehran:

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

I've made it a promise to myself to visit this beautiful country as much as I can. Still so many places to see and explore. I'll be back soon :)

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