We are in Tehran and it is Ramadan time, the celebration that is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to the Islamic belief.
So, we haven’t been able to try Iranian food yet because all the restaurants are closed. However, we get some supplies in a store near the hotel and as we are starving, we go hide in a corner to have a bit of bread. Then at the hotel, we in a more relaxed environment, open a can of egg plant cream and Iranian cream cheese and eat it with Lavash bread. Simple, but delicious!
Luckily, our new couch surfer friend Mahtab, invites us again to her place to have lunch. She has cooked a tasteful Loobiapolo which is a traditional dish made of rice and beans and serve it together with koofte which is a juicy meatball and a green salad.
We were delighted with her company since she is a professional curator that knows all about the history of Iran. So, after getting excited with all the information and photos she shared with us, we immediately asked her to recommend a place for us to visit that very same day. She suggested the Shah Mosque also known as the Imamzadeh Mosque standing in Tajrish Square and very near to a Bazar.
This mosque is known for entombing the remains of Sāleh, a son of the Twelver Shī‘ah Imām, Mūsā al-Kādhim. I was curious to see it inside and observe how the Persian women pray, but to enter to the mosque I was supposed to wear a special cloth that was given in the entrance, and due to the suffocating heat, I decided to miss the chance to go check inside.
However, the place was surrounded by bustling and as we turned around we found ourselves immersed in the Grand Bazaar, where we could drink some fresh fruit juices and check out some Persian carpets among other diverse products.
The feeling of walking among Iranian people is very comfortable despiting the heat of the day.
The women here are gorgeous, and I mean it. Their beauty is stunning and they all look well groomed in all senses. As a matter of fact, one of the things that called my attention was their make up, made so professional as the one from a fashion magazine, also their manicures were all bright and neat. Obviously, the face and hands are the only two body parts that they are allowed to show according to the law, so they try to keep these two two as beautiful as possible. However, I also got the chance to see several women without veil, and I have to say that the great majority have lustrous, long, healthy well cared hair.
In the markets you can find all kind of products proudly made in Iran, also with a wide variety of beauty products for woman, that are simply the best!
During the day, we walked long distances and had the chance to see some street scenarios that are worth to mention: Some birds eating altogether with cats in a public square hall, a graffiti with a WIFI signal, saying the word “free’… that could be interpreted in other ways.. and in the metro the spacial wagon, “only for women”. Among all this, I was lucky enough to get a home made lunch box from a stranger while waiting for the subway…Do I look hungry, uh?.. Anyway, Thank you Ramadan!
By the end our day, we visited the Military Museum of Tehran. An open air place with a lot of objects displayed along the site. We visited the area that displays a wide range of war transportation vehicles from the past to the present days. Some airplanes and tanks were confiscated from the enemies in several different conflicts and they were all preserved for the public view.
We also saw a trash-bin with some curious symbols. Can somebody tell us the meaning?
Definitely an interesting day that let us know a bit more about Iranian people, its culture and its history. In an extra and positive note, I have to say that I went to the toilet of the mosque behind me in this photo and I was surprised to see how clean and organized all the toilets are. Coming from China, I totally avoid using a public toilet, in general I never use them. But in Iran, it is honestly a pleasure because the level of cleanness of the latrines is above normal! Great, clean Iran!.
Thank you Tehran for this interesting day!