Trip Start Mar 21, 2009
14Trip End Apr 29, 2009
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Esfahan is a great walking city and there are some beautiful small bridges that cross the river which also make for great strolling and people watching, especially at night. One of Kate's friends has family in Esfahan and they took us out one night to show us around. It ended up being a group of just women which was a lot of fun, and they had us over to their house for tea and snacks before we headed out for a night on the town. Iran doesn't have much in the way of nightlife so "going out" essentially means going to the shopping areas and cruising around either in your car or strolling up and down the pedestrian promenades. Just like anywhere, the teenagers were definitely dressed to impress. No chadors in that part of town, almost all the young girls wore scarves that barely covered their heads and very form-fitting "manteaus" - essentially a shirt/house dress that is mid-thigh length - enough to cover you from the back lest you elicit desire in men who apparently can't be trusted to control themselves.
In Esfahan we also came across a lot of signs posted in front of various museums that are meant to provide little snippets of wisdom from Allah - kind of like a fortune cookie. We'd seen them in Tehran but they were much more prevalent here. What was hilarious were the translations into English, so I'm hoping to print these pictures and frame them on my wall at home and create a series called "Words of Wisdom from Allah."