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Reflections on Iran – part four: People and objects

December 3, 2007


I guess we all say that traveling is at least as about the places as it is about people. But most of us would probably find it really to be more about objects. Objects of our desires, expectations… or our anecdotes and expectations about people behind those objects. And I guess if the places/objects/people don’t radically diverge from you for the most part subconscious expectations, you can never really tell how “genuine” your experiencing of places/people/objects was.
Iran was really not “what we were used to” from our travels through Turkey and Syria and it took as a while to adjust to its particular “logic of things”, probably almost as long as it took to master the exchange rate and pricing schemes. This time, we talked to more “locals” than usual, probably not just because Iranians are very friendly but also because Tamara is a great conversational piece, even if you communicate just in the language of signs and smiles. Keeping our stories of chatting about censored films on a bus, of young, married students of English translation, of a future computer games programmer with entrepreneurial sense, of kilim sellers that know “all” about Slovenia, or of a much friendlier one with a cat named after a cartoon character, or of a little girl that was too ashamed to tell us what she wanted to be when she grows up for off line chats, here is my list of top three items that we brought home:
this very fine kilim from the nicest kilim store we have been to so far
– some modern pottery (click here and here) that we came across in Teheran and than bought it on the other side of the city a week later
– and a beautiful poster for Orient hotel by Detour that we managed to bring home without damaging it.

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