Tag Archives: waiting

how I got an iranian bank card

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I had forgotten that I wanted to do three things before setting out on the road: 1) change money 2) buy some data for my cellphone 3) take a ride on Mashhad’s metro system. So my friend took me to a metro station: Everything looked nice and new: Inside there were “men only” and “women […]


mini consolation?

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I was invited to another big fat meal today: My time as a guest here seemed to consist mostly of eating and sleeping, sleeping and eating. A comfortable lifestyle, but wasn’t I supposed to go out and walk? Not today. When the sun had gone down and temperatures outside were becoming bearable, we went to […]


After a time

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There she was: Just like I had left her. She had been hanging out with some potatoes: I was happy that she had hardly gathered any rust at all, and that she was still her old sexy self. Of course coming to Iran meant that I was welcomed with a perfect meal: Then my friend’s […]


The Shape of Batman

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Watched “The Shape Of Water”, and it was surprisingly good, given that it got an Academy Award for Best Picture (which is so often a bad sign), and given that its director used to make cinematic atrocities like “Pacific Rim” and “Hellboy”. But no, “The Shape Of Water” was good, the lead actress was amazing, […]


last last

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Had some bacon, and I figured it would be the last bacon for a while: Walked around in our little town (where there was some sort of gardening festival going on) and I figured that it would be the last time I did this for some time: And then I had a bath, and it […]


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 […]


water boiler

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Another day, another sandwich: I’d sort my maps and my photos and my videos and my diary and my blog entries. I’d also take little walks through the neighborhood, where the chadors were plenty: I’d drink lots and lots of tea, the water for which I’d get from a large water boiler in the basement: […]


a sad potato

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Had a tasty Iranian dish for breakfast today, a sort of porridge called halim: I had it with Leila and her husband, who were determined to have me try as many Iranian dishes as possible: We went to a teahouse after this: And on the way, I saw a heartbroken potato: It was very sad. […]


The Longest Party

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I felt good again. So I drank some more of my medicine: Just to be sure. And then I ventured out into the sun. This was when I found out that my usual way down to the beach was blocked: A construction site of sorts. Maybe a new sanatorium? I managed to find a way […]


how to beard

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So again, I woke up and took my selfie: And again, I took a cab to the town that was half an hour away: Only today, the power grid was up, and the photo studio was open. So I went in and got my picture: Then I returned to my project, the sorting and editing […]


no power but shoro

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I, the person who takes pictures of himself everyday, the guy who is apparently obsessed with selfies, I had to go take another passport photo today. The irony. So I took my selfie: And then I hopped in a cab and rode to the next small town, which was half an hour away: But what […]


yarrrrrrrrrrrrr

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The pirates were going to leave today. I felt a bit sad. So we decided to rent a boat and go on a cruise on our own private pirate ship! When it was my turn to stand on the bow, I yelled “I am captain” to the people on the beach until the pirates begged […]


…and thanks for all the corn

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So I was back in the Say: Today was a particularly good day, because when I went to the shop where I usually bought tomatoes and bread for lunch I saw this: This: THIS: I really love corn. It’s not only one of the tastiest things on the planet, but also one of the most […]


almost too dark

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When I woke up in the morning, I apologized in case I had been snoring all night. One could never know. The others said it was alright, and I left, not knowing if “alright” meant that I hadn’t been snoring or that they simply didn’t mind. Then I went and took care of my things, […]


4.5 billion sunsets

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I just googled “how old is the earth”. Thankfully, the search mask has a feature where it provides you with the answer that is most likely to be correct, without you having to click on any links. The correct answer is: the earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old. I say “thankfully”, because the top […]


new weird beard

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Still waiting: Still enjoying the good life on the beach with the pirates: And yes, still eating a lot of watermelons. Oh, and I started working on a new video: I’d been taking daily pictures, and now that I had the time, I sat down to do some sorting and editing: Tedious work, I can […]


Ashlyamfu – the one dish to have in Kyrgyzstan

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Generally, I am no big fan of Central Asian food. Of course lagman is the bomb, and so is plov and the occasional somza, but most dishes seem to revolve around meat, meat, and more meat. And I am just not a big fan of meat. I mean, I like it every once in a […]


drawing on foreheads

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This whole drawing-on-my-forehead thing was getting pretty tiring. Besides, I really didn’t know who I was supposed to show it to anyway. But I kept drawing every day. And then I would have lunch, which always involved bread and tomatoes and sometimes chicken: Thinking of it, drawing letters on my forehead reminded me of a […]


cheating at the ball game

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So the pirates and I finally figured out a way to play with the melon-ball that I had bought a while ago: we would draw little courts in the sand and then throw it around. Or sometimes we would kick it. Once the ball had left the court, then this somehow counted as a point […]