My new weekly travel series on PBS’s Tehran Bureau…
In Iran, press

My new weekly travel series on PBS’s Tehran Bureau…

Aug 3, 2010

Thank you Tehran Bureau! Week 1:  Zahedan Week 2:  Bam Week 3:  Bicycling across Iran Week 4:  Kurdistan Part I Week 5:  Kurdistan Part II Week 6:  Sufi Dervish Ceremony Week 7:  Road-tripping in Kurdistan Week 8:  Turkmenistan Week 9:  Couchsurfing with Hezbollah

In Iran

Holidays In Iran

Oct 10, 2009

As many of you know often when I travel I do so by way of couchsurfing, meaning that I sign on to stay with complete strangers in an effort for cultural exchange and understanding.  This past summer couchsurfing invited me to give a talk at a bookstore about what it is like to be a traveler ...

In Iran

Images of Happier Days in Iran

Sep 20, 2009

Just came across a few great images of Iran from my 1st trip there in 2007.  That visit was pre-website/blog…  spent a month hitch-hiking & taking public buses around the country- often staying with people I met in the street or on public transport.  May be one of the last places on earth where you can do that?  ...

In Iran

Macho Macho Men

Sep 2, 2009

As the dust has settled i am seeing things more clearly- things that i did not trust myself to make any judgements on a few months ago.  Just like anything in life, people’s reactions & criticisms of often say more about them & their hang ups, than anything valid about you.  Friends who have divorced have ...

In Iran, press

after a long pause…

Jul 16, 2009

Hi, Have not blogged in a long time for probably obvious reasons- while in Iran i knew that was a no-go.  In Lebanon & Syria I did not want anyone there to be able to track me or know where I was- call me paranoid ; )  I feel i have to address a few questions ...

In Iran, press

Yours Truly on CNN & ABC

Jun 24, 2009

On 6/20/2009 I was abducted by a militia group, the Basij, in Tehran.  They thought I was a spy.  Here are some CNN & ABC links: I blogged about Tehran for CNN CNN news artticle about my abduction & detainment CNN Live interview with me on June 24, 2009 ABC interview segment & link: Good Morning America segment ...

In Iran

The Bus to Zahedan

Jul 31, 2008

above: last photo I snapped as a “free woman” (without police escort) in Zahedan, Iran At 6AM Mr. Akbar & I flagged down a bus from Bam to Zahedan.  Even though I was never alone in Bam (due to security reasons, see: kidnapped Japanese tourist story below), i was told by Mr. Akbar that the bus may be my ...

In Iran

Where am I again?

Jul 27, 2008

I left the mountainous Northwest of the country- headed to the Caspian sea which was lush- a lushness which hypnotizes any living being after only seeing brown, red and grey for so long… THe green was fluorescent, lighting up paddy fields- just like the ones i love in SE Asia.  Odd to see it here in Iran- what seems ...

Zurkhaneh: “house of strength” roooaaaarrrrrr!!!

Jul 24, 2008

I went to a Zurkhaneh session in the town of Ardabil a few nites back.  Zurkhaneh is an ancient ritual which i can best describe as a cross between whirling dervish, mosque prayer, aerobics, and weight lifting.  I am happy that the elders let me watch as an “honorary male”  ; ) It was captivating & the participants & ...

In Art, Iran, Sufi

On my way to find the great Sufi master… meeting a new Guru, covered in plaster

Jul 11, 2008

Picking up where i left off, one of my new friends in Tehran, a photojournalist, tipped me off to a man here in Kurdistan who could introduce me to the Dervish (Sufi) order here & see if he could get me a rare coveted invite to a private cereony.   I followed the directions to the Sanandaj museum ...

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