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 & ...

Tabriz

Jul 6, 2008

 I am up in Tabriz, near the borders of Turkey, Azerbaijan & Armenia.  The people here are Azari & speak a Turkish sort of Farsi  The traffic is less hectic than in Tehran (see photo of Tabriz traffic & let me know what you think….) though i have travelled only by foot, bus & taxi in ...