Ladies shopping in the Isfahan Bazaar

Ladies shopping in the Isfahan Bazaar

Real Iran is not something you read about on the Internet. It is not just landmarks and a few historical dates. It is a country with ups and downs, with people having the same life phases, worries, hopes and dream, like you and me. Like any other country.

This is where we fail in connecting to each other on an inter-religious and intercultural level. We forget this simple rule. We are all the same, at the end of the day.

 Circumstances might influence our life coordinates, but we’re built more or less the same and have the same triggers. We can connect through smiles, music, an open gesture or a simple Helo. Yet, why is it so hard to do it?

Conversation with a local female entrepreneur. She’s brave and she knows what she wants. She fights for her rights and for her baby. With a truly impressive life story, with not much help from anyone she hustled in a male dominated society, getting pretty far, I would say.

She’s the type who knows how to stretch limits, even the Iranian limits, who knows what happens abroad and how to adapt a make the most within the tight perimeter one has in the current days Iran.

Together with young Iranian girls who approached me to ask me things every youngster is interested in when seeing someone…different. Their approach is a lesson to us all. Just ask before you assume…

Somewhere in the Karkas Mountains (Karkas means vulture), in central Iran…