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Stone-Cold Truths: Reality Tour Participant Reports from Iran

Posted by in Middle East, Trip Participant Stories on 28th June, 2011 | No Comments

2006.11.07-009A moving, honest piece written by a Reality Tours participants currently writing from Iran. She shares her thoughts about what it’s like to fall in love with a place in your mind, and how the fear that surfaces once you decide to travel there.
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American College Student Travels to Iran for First Time

Posted by in Middle East, Trip Participant Stories on 28th June, 2011 | 2 Comments

2006.11.07-009What happens when an American young woman visits Iran for the first time? You can find out as you follow the adventures of Alexa, a Tufts University student majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic who is en route to Iran.
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Journey to Iran – Last Days in Tehran

Posted by in Middle East, Trip Participant Stories on 8th September, 2010 | 1 Comment

View of downtown Tehran from the Tochal CondolaThe sixth and final part of the ‘Journey to Iran’ series. One last stop to Tehran to explore the capital city and to reflect on the whole delegation and a new and better understanding of the Iranian people.
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Journey to Iran – Esfahan, Half the World

Posted by in Middle East, Trip Participant Stories on 7th September, 2010 | 2 Comments

Esfahan-ShakingMinarets-CuteSchoolgirlsAliceDeborahSmPart five in the ‘Journey to Iran’ series. During some of the dynasties of the Persian Empire, the area it governed was so large that its capitals were located in cities that are now outside of present-day Iran. It wasn’t until the Safavid dynasty re-established the Persian Empire in 1502 that the capital cities were henceforth located within present-day Iran. And it was under the Safavids that Persian art and culture again flourished, and most of all within their capital city, Esfahan.
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Journey to Iran – Persepolis

Posted by in Middle East, Trip Participant Stories on 2nd September, 2010 | No Comments

Persepolis-ApadanaPalaceSmPart four in the ‘Journey to Iran’ series. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Persepolis is the heart of our tour through Iran’s history. At the time it was built, starting around 520 BC, it was the ceremonial capital of the largest empire that the world had ever known.
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Journey to Iran – City of Shiraz

Posted by in Middle East, Trip Participant Stories on 24th August, 2010 | No Comments

Saadi TombPart three in the ‘Journey to Iran’ series. The beautiful city of Shiraz, known for its gardens, nightingales, roses, wine, and poets is also known for being a very liberal city in Iran. And while unfortunately, the wine is no longer to be found, poetry abounds here…
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Journey to Iran – Deserts of Yazd

Posted by in Middle East, Trip Participant Stories on 18th August, 2010 | 1 Comment

Yazd Women DinnerPart two in the ‘Journey to Iran’ series. A visit to an amazing desert town that is one of the very oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (about 7,000 years). Because it was so isolated and dry, it was never made into a capital city, and thus was evidently never overrun and destroyed by foreign armies.
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Participant Story Part 1: Journey to Iran

Posted by in Middle East, Trip Participant Stories on 10th August, 2010 | 1 Comment

Archeological-CyrusHumanRightsCharterSmDeborah James advocated for Fair Trade at Global Exchange from 1993 – 2005, and now serves as a member of the Global Exchange Board. She is currently the Director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. She recently participated in the the Citizen Diplomacy Delegation to Iran with Reality Tours and in a series of posts, she shares with us her experience.
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