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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Let's try this again...

Hello and Salaam/Peace to our friends and family,

After many more delays and ups and downs, it looks like we are about to leavefor Iran! No, really...seriously this time.

We actually have our visas and are just nailing down the final details now. We made a slight change in location and will be based in Qom (a few hours outside of Tehran), rather than in Mashhad.

Please browse the links when you can to learn more about Qom, Iran, and the places we'll be staying and the things we'll be doing.

We called the blog "Sweet Sohan" because, while people often think of religious seminaries, the Iranian revolution and whatnot when they hear "Qom", there is much more to the city than that. Besides the famous shrine of Fatima al Kubra, Imam Reza's sister, Qom is also known for its Persian carpets and its salty tap water(!). Perhaps nearly as famous are its sweets, one of which is sohan, a peanut brittle-esque concoction made with pistachios and saffron.

We hope whatever words and pictures we post here will be just as sweet for you.

~Irfan Ali/Robert and Sara

5 Comments:

Blogger ShuraStreet said...

Many congratulations and ululations! I am really looking forward to the insights into this place few Americans know much about. The best of luck in your adventures and studies.

Brian
Damascus

7:08 AM  
Blogger 2 seconds v. 2 days said...

Bwah hah hah hah... now the tables are turned... I'll read y'alls words from a comfortable couch and you get to have the dust up the nose.

All my love and respect, go forth and do great things

B

3:25 PM  
Blogger amenak said...

Congrats guys! We are happy that you are going, but will miss you terribly. Please think of us everytime you update this blog and we will be sure to pray for your health, safety and to getting one step closer to being done! Come back soon! Amena

1:47 AM  
Blogger Irfan Ali said...

Everyone should check out Brian's blog on the other "Axis" member in the Middle East. Just click on his link.

Ben, stop using words that hurt... [ :) ]

Amena, stop acting like you miss us when you just came over last night.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob (Irfan) and Sara,

We wish you a safe journey and we will be thinking about you.

-Adam and Sarah

5:04 PM  

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