Countless travellers rave about their hospitality and their generous, genuine nature. But are the Iranian people really as nice as travellers say? From the moment we entered Iran, a few things were clear. The Iranian people are very curious about foreigners. People in Iran have three main questions that they want to ask visitors right away, and they usually go in this order:. If the conversation carries on, Iranian people will be genuinely interested in your family, your education, your beliefs and your stance on Iranian politics, customs and ceremonies. People who approach you on the street in Iran are very rarely hoping for business and almost always sincerely interested in you and your perspective on their country.
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In , as a newly arrived student in Liverpool — and two years after the cathedral had been completed — I first took in the breath-taking Trinity of light, that floods the interior of the cathedral, — yellow, blue and red stained glass,— and felt I was stepping through a coruscating kaleidoscope of iridescent colours. Over the years that have followed I have been in the cathedral countless times but, most memorably, in , on another Pentecost, 35 years ago, during the visit of Pope John Paul II. That historic visit sealed the Christian ecumenism that finally replaced bitter sectarianism. As the Holy Spirit granted the Apostles the gift of tongues, so that all gathered in Jerusalem on that first Pentecost might hear and understand the one Gospel of Christ, should we not expect the same Holy Spirit to grant us the gifts we need in order to continue the work of salvation, and to be reunited as one body in Christ? In this we trust and for this we pray, confident in the power which the Spirit gave to the Church at Pentecost. No evil is more powerful than the infinite mercy of God. As a girl in the West of Ireland her impoverished family were among countless people who gave a penny each week towards the building of a cathedral in a faraway city — built on the site of a work house where thousands of Irish people, fleeing a famine which claimed one million lives, had died of hunger, cholera and typhoid.
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This year, besides the customary uniformed morality police, 7, undercover agents are reportedly also on the case. It was a hot day in the early s and my parents were going to an international exhibition in Tehran. They would ask some to fix their hijab, passing tissues to others to wipe off their makeup. As one agent finished scrutinizing my mother, she looked at my sister in the carriage.
When Iranian American anthropologist Pardis Mahdavi first visited Tehran in the summer of , she expected to encounter the Iran she grew up imagining. During repeated visits, Mahdavi found that despite the strict moral policies of the Islamic Republic, young Iranians were listening to music, dancing, drinking alcohol, and socializing in new ways. Western dress and makeup were ubiquitous.