Monthly Archives: October 2017

hipsterama

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Another day, another temple: I had come here with a documentary crew: We took a little walk around one of the older parts of town, filming here and there, and they bought me lunch at one of the traditional food stalls that Taiwan was still famous for even after all those years of rapid development: […]


pop rocks

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I liked Kaohsiung. It was an industrial city, but one with a rather clean and nice atmosphere to it. Took a photo of part of the skyline through some mesh: The hotel staff was great, too. It was decided that we should take a photo together, but we quickly found out that there was a […]


Bob Ross

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Woke up in Taichung and rewatched a video I had recorded the night before. It was about Taiwan: After breakfast, the publishers took me to Kaohsiung, a large city in the South of Taiwan: We went to a large book store: We had a podium talk scheduled there, and when I got to the venue […]


how are you think?

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Had a meet & greet with some travelers in Taipei: They were awesome. I wasn’t, though. One of them had walked the Camino in Spain, another had traveled through Southeast Asia for two years. Obviously, it would have been wonderful to hear more of their stories. But I ended up talking and talking and talking […]


a living temple

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So I was really in Taiwan: I had been wanting to come for such a long time, it felt a bit surreal to finally be here. My publishers took me around, going to great lengths to care for my culinary needs. I asked them for regular food, the kind that people liked to have during […]


where did the day go?

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I took a plane to Dubai and then another one to Taipei. Both times I got assigned a seat not next to the window and not next to the aisle, but smack in the middle. It wasn’t that comfortable: Good thing Wonder Woman was on, which I had been wanting to see for a while. […]


never been to Tehran

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My train arrived in Tehran at about seven: I stumbled out of the station and into the morning… …took a cab to my friend Homa’s house… …and stayed there all day. I had been wanting to go out and look at Tehran. But I was too tired.


the peacock

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I was going to leave Isfahan and take a night train to Tehran today. Needed to catch my flight to Taiwan from there. But! There was at least one more mosque on the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan that I hadn’t seen yet: It was the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, a rare private mosque that a […]


a village called Sin

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There was a village outside of Isfahan, a little to the north of the city. The name of the village was Sin. I decided to go there and check out an old mosque that was there. You could not miss the mosque; it had a minaret that was rather tall, rather slender, and rather lopsided: […]


half of the world

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Went to an old mosque today, the Atiq Jameh Mosque: It didn’t seem very special at first, as it was basically just a large square with some adjacent arches, similar to many other mosques I had seen before: But the inside was spectacular: These pillars, albeit being made from stone and not from wood, reminded […]


the line between old and new

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Today I went to an unimposing door: And behind that door, there was a caretaker: See the mark on his forehead? It usually means that he is a pious man who takes his prayers very seriously, as the Shia use little stones upon which they place their foreheads when they bow down to pray: Anyway, […]


your bleeding heart

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Through the help of my friend Mastaneh from Mashhad, I got a tourist guide today: She had the longest eyelashes I had ever seen, and Hanie was her name. We went to the Royal Mosque, walking around it from the side at first, so we could get a feel for its dimensions: Then we went […]


perfect square

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I arrived in Isfahan in the early morning: Isfahan. It was a name that I had read about in adventure novels before…Isfahan. The first thing I saw was the train station, though: I got a hotel room in the northern part of town, where I slept for a few hours, then I went out and […]


what to do with a week

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I woke up in a room that was clean, quiet, and cozy. And things got even better when I opened the door to the living room and found out that we were about to have breakfast: Staying with my friend Bahman and his wife was the best: It made me wonder why I had not […]


my yoke is easy

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So I left. I figured the least I could do was walk to a friend’s house in the western part of the city. Leave the crowded area around the shrine. Leave the roaches. Breathe. It turned into a very angry walk. I squeezed through some of the most insane traffic I had ever witnessed. The […]


paralyze me

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I felt bad today. Tired. Lacking motivation. Disgusted by the roaches. Annoyed by the people who had stolen my money. There was a plan in the making: I was going to go to Taiwan in about one week from now in order to promote my books there. Then I was going to go to Germany […]


like a ghost with the money

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I decided to go back to the bazaar: It was located right next to the Holy Shrine, so I hung out there for a while: And I marveled at the fact that a lot of Mashhad’s traffic apparently passed through a maze of tunnels right under the Shrine: Then I went back to the hotel. […]


need a toy

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Went back to the visa office and picked up my passport. It had a little stamp in it: So I figured I was good to go. Or stay in. Or do whatever. I decided to have a non-alcoholic beverage: And then I went to the bazaar: They tend to be pretty similar, these bazaars, regardless […]


Baby Roach

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Worked on the blog: It takes time, especially editing the damn videos. Anyway I went out once, when the afternoon sun was deep: And I noticed that the streets were quiet and the shops were closed: It was Friday. Of course. The Jews have Saturday. The Christians have Sunday. The Muslims have Friday. I’m sure […]


the place where I can’t go

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Today Shiva took me sightseeing. We went to this little mausoleum called Gonbad Sabz first: It was quite nice: I made a wish in the mausoleum: Apparently you’re supposed to keep your wish to yourself, so please just know that if this wish were to come true, it would be very good for you and […]