A Holy City and a Storm of Biblical Proportions

Trip Start Apr 13, 2007
Trip End Apr 22, 2007

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Our last afternoon in Iran was spent driving from Kashan to Qom, one of the pilgrimage cities of Iran.  It is here that Fatima, the sister of the eighth (and last) imam, is buried. Unlike other places that we had visited, Western tourists were not welcomed here. The shrine is only for the devout – and there were many of them going into the shrine as the call to prayer echoed through the streets.

The golden dome is imposing on the city that appears to only have sweet-shops and barbers. Our driver slowed down long enough for us to quickly step out of the car and snap a few photos – and then we were off to Tehran.

We had booked a hotel for the final night, even though we were leaving for the airport at 1:00 am. We arrived back at around 8 pm – and we thought that we could get about 4 hours sleep before we started the journey back to Prague. I had been asleep for about two hours when we heard a loud crash!  Outside we could hear a ferocious storm with high winds and mighty claps of thunder. I tried to roll over and continue sleeping – but I felt like I was being rained on. I turned on the light to discover that the roof was seriously leaking – onto my bed! Well, this ended the hoped for nap, and we decided to just pack it up and hang out until the driver came to escort us to the airport.

We are still munching on the pistachios that we brought back with us, and we are still in a daze that we have “already been” to Iran. We spent so much time planning it, and the time went by so fast. En Sh’allah we will one day return to see the sites that were too far for us to see. Lubos has already planned that we will stay in Isfahan for a few days and eat kebabs grilled in pistachios and chicken cooked in walnuts and pomegranates…
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