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There is a land on the other side of the world that I have longed to visit for years. Slightly larger than the state of Alaska, this country has a sea to the North and a sea to the South, and is one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The climate ranges from lush rain forests to desert, and is home to a metropolis of more than seven billion people along with many tiny, remote villages.

My chances of getting to visit this beautiful country are rather slim, our governments do not get along very well, but it is possible, and it remains at the top of my list of dream vacations.

The country I’m talking about is Iran.

There is so much that is good and beautiful about the country, the culture, and the people of Iran, but too many Americans have been feed misinformation that is compounded by assumptions and exaggerations. This results in a collective idea about a country that is quite different from reality.

My husband started learning Farsi (the language of Iran) ten years ago. He is currently finishing up a Master’s degree in the Near Eastern Language and Culture, with a focus on modern Iranian literature. All these years of study have led us to meet so many Iranians and Iranian-Americans, many of whom we now count as friends. A trip to Iran would mean so much to us, as well as lend additional credibility to his Masters Degree.

As a fun way to support his studies I learned to cook Persian food. Oh, my goodness, the food. The food is wonderful. My favorite dish is called fesenjan, it’s chicken stewed in a velvety gravy of pomegranate and walnuts. It’s almost chocolaty. The national dish is called chelo keabab, which is ground beef massaged with a lot of finely ground onion and then packed on a long thin metal utensil that looks like a sword and grilled. Chelo kebab is served with buttery rice and grilled tomatoes. They eat it with the same kind of frequency that we eat hamburgers.

I have heard so many stories of this country over the years, I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes. I would be so honored to be able to experience the culture first hand.

I would start with Tehran, the capital city and the 27th largest city in the world. I want to visit the beautiful 16th Century Golestan Palace, the Archaeology Museum and the Carpet Museum (I could spend hours looking at Persian Rugs).

I would definitely want to visit Bam, a fortified medieval town built on a desert oasis which was once a crossroads on the silk road. An earthquake six years ago put this entire structure at risk, so it would be better to see this World Heritage Site sooner than later.

Isfahan is the romantic city full of palaces, covered bridges, gardens, boulevards, and gorgeous Islamic architecture,where many Persians honeymoon. I would love to spend a week just relaxing riverside.

So who would travel with us on this trip? My husband of course, and I would definitely take my daughter. There are other places in the world that I would not take my daughter, but I would definitely bring her along to experience Iran.

Where would you go on your dream vacation?


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