26 February 2017

Impressions and Images of Iran: Dealing with Chinese Tourists

I have to admit, I don't have a favorable opinion when it comes to Chinese tourists. I have more negative experiences with them than positive, mostly along the lines of them failing to observe proper traveling etiquette. The same goes to when I was in Iran, where I saw several instances of Chinese tourists who I must say, could improve when it comes to traveling behavior.

24 February 2017

The Truth about The Truth: "No Part of the World?" Not Quite!

One of the key doctrines of Jehovah's Witnesses is that followers of Jehovah should be "no part of the world". This means that Witnesses do not vote, they do not salute the flag, they do not sing the national anthem, and so forth. They think that they are politically neutral, because they claim that they follow Jesus, and Jesus said that his kingdom is not a part of this world. But if you examine things carefully, the Witnesses aren't quite neutral.

22 February 2017

Impressions and Images of Iran: Sights in the Old City of Yazd

As I mentioned before, Yazd doesn't have big-ticket sights like Isfahan. Nevertheless, it's a highlight of an Iran visit, due to its setting. And there are also several little sights scattered all over the place that it is simply a delight to deliberately get lost in the Old City. In this post, I am showing pictures from three sights, the Alexander's Prison, the Amir Chakhmaq Complex, and the Ateshkadeh or Zoroastrian Fire Temple.

20 February 2017

The German Public Voice

A few months ago, I wrote about how Germans have the concept of a private voice. This is the voice that they use whenever they are in public, and silence is golden. Talking is more or less verboten among strangers, and talking within acquaintances is kept to a minimum when you are in public, and definitely in a low volume. Thus, you rarely see public drama: in public, children are rarely disciplined loudly by their parents, and lovers rarely shout at each other. This all changes when it is the New Year, somehow.

18 February 2017

Impressions and Images of Iran: Khāneh-ye Larihā (Lari House) in Yazd

Kashan might have the lion's share of fantastic Persian traditional houses, but Yazd also has some buildings that are worth a look. Yazd doesn't have big-ticket attractions unlike Isfahan, but nevertheless its desert location makes it an interesting setting to see how humans have adapted to the requirements of their surroundings.