It sure is getting hot wearing my head scarf and the knee length “manto” (a.k.a. thin jacket). It is the law for me to wear a head scarf. I have some other ones you’ll see me modeling in future photos.  Cultural pressure and local fashion make me feel like I should wear the manto.

People sure stare as us a lot with curiosity. Many people say “hello” as we walk by or they stop us on the side walk to say “Hello. How are you? Welcome to my city and to Iran. Where are you from?” They are the most friendly, curious people I’ve ever encountered.

My favorite things here are the fruit shakes and the baked goods. They are both delicious.

The other night to help relieve some of my culture shock I searched Chris’s computer for some up beat music. I found Michael Buble! Ah, love that guy. His voice and energy put a wonderful bit of joy and cheer in my heart. While I listened, I bounced around the room as I packed and prepared for the day.

I was shocked when Chris told me western music is illegal here (according to the Lonely Planet). I wonder how many laws I broke in the first 48-hours in Iran? Today my headscarf slipped off while I was napping on the bus. I woke to a young woman giggling at me from another seat. Hee, hee. Ooooppps.

I really got a kick out of this statue outside the bus terminal in Hamedan, Iran. I just had to get a photo with them.