“Wow, you’re brave,” or “Is it safe?” were frequent responses when my wife and I told people we were heading to
Considering the coverage that
Almost always political and overwhelmingly negative,
In reality, that impression couldn’t be further from the truth. At least in our experience at street level.
Everywhere we go in
While in recent years
Our first foray into a department store/supermarket to purchase essentials to stock the refrigerator was made so much more productive by a lady who took the time to explain the confusing way items were priced – while also telling us about the years she had spent in
View from our couch in a small restaurant in the mountains near Darbang Square. Delicious food, traditional music, and a puff!!
Many of the people we have met have either lived or studied abroad, or currently have friends or family who are.
Isolated and cut off from the outside world? Absolutely not, though some Iranians have told us it can be a tiresome process getting visas for certain countries.
It has been almost three weeks since we touched down here and of course there have been a few irritations – but that is all they have been – irritations, minor frustrations. A delay in upgrading our internet service, a two tier mobile phone service – the first, expensive and efficient, and the second (the one we opted for) cheap and unreliable!
Will there be more serious frustrations or problems on the path ahead? Without a doubt. But just as living in
But right now, we are still on “honeymoon” and the view from our couch is looking pretty good.