Friday, April 14, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Today a passenger in my taxi talking to the driver said “I hear Ahmadinejad is going to deliver some good news in Mashad.” The driver replied I hear the same and wondered out loud what the news was going to be?
Later today when I watched the news I could not believe my ears. President Ahmadinejad, claiming that
Technically this makes
I feel a lot safer with
Some security exports claim this news accelerates the possibilities of military actions against
Ahmadinejad compared the West's involvement in
One issue that is being over looked is the fact that
Is it just me that sees the irony in this?
Monday, April 10, 2006
The KLM jet was packed with Iranians from the U.S. and Holland heading to Iran. Everyone seems to have an un-finished business or reclaiming a property they lost during the revolution or something like that.
After going through passport check and picking up my suitcase, I had to pass through another x-ray station. An unprofessional looking man wearing 2-Tomman suite reading a newspaper took his eyes off the pages to check the content of my bag on the monitor. He asked me where I was coming from and what I was carrying. He then directed me to get my bag checked in another section. Everything was out, my underwear and my digital camera perfectly wrapped around one of my white t-shirts. Long story short, I had to explain what an R-BGAN is. That it is not a spy machine. A woman in charge of checking my bag kept asking me if it is a "receiver"? I kept saying NO! I totally could have lied that it was a lap-top, but may be next time. R-BGAN is a satellite transmitter that can work anywhere and get you access to internet.
After half and hour of haggling, they held my R-BGAN at the airport. I have to claim it on my back or show them a freaking "mojavez" (permit), a word which is used quite often in this country.
It all should be fine. I slept most of my first day here and will hit the ground tonight going to a coffee-shop....not like those in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam was cold but Tehran's weather seems just lovely. Spring in Tehran has always been nice but I already feel the heavy polluted air in my lungs.
More from Tehran soon.
Monday, April 03, 2006