A Year, In Food: 3 continents, 30,000+ air miles, unknown calories.

A Year, In Food: 3 continents, 30,000+ air miles, unknown calories.

Jun 13, 2011

At first glance this post may appear to have nothing to do with travel, revolutions or humanitarian work — but it does. Those of you who have spent time with me know that no matter where I go and what I do, I always manage to shoot food porn. When I put all my food ...

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 ...