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Back to the Old Country: Day 4 (Thu. 01-Oct-14)

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*** This is a postponed post *** I guess we eventually got our sleeping pattern back. It was disturbing and distasteful. Today was basically spent on more administrative stuff but surprisingly the bank service was really good. The Lady wanted to pay for her passport renewal and we went to this branch of Melli Bank in Saadat Abad St. where we received professional and prompt service. Not surprisingly most of the services work half-day hours today as tomorrow, Fri. is the weekend, unlike West which Sat. And Sun. are the off days of the week. For lunch today the mother-in-law prepared Sweetbread in traditional way which was pleasant. The weather is remarkably mild and I even wear a running suit when I go out because I don’t want to be exposed to extreme sunlight. We went to this confectionery across from the street, called Sogol in the afternoon and purchased a box of pastry (around 1 Kg ) for approximately Rls. 155,000 which equals to almost CND$ 5 . Pastry is a very comm

Fury: The Most Stupid War Movie Have Ever Seen

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One thing for sure I did when I returned from my trip was to check what's on the big screen. I realized a few movies and added them to my schedule to watch them all. Fury was one of them which I caught today but DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY ON FURY. IT IS A TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT!   This is supposed to be the story of an American tank commander who leads his crew through the WWII and promises them to keep them alive. The story has a very slow beginning and is nothing but a few soldier talk full of profanity and that is it. Then there is a battle scene almost after 45 min. which reminds the audience he or she is watching a war movie.  At this point the American s reach a small town and capture it with not much difficulty and then settle down for a rest. I forgot to mention that before this scene, the Sergeant, the commander tries to man one of his new crew up, the one who's a young fella and has no war experience and for that he forces him to shoot a captured German

Back to the Old Country: Day 3 (Wed. 31-Sep-14)

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*** This is a postponed post *** I woke up once around 02:30 AM and went back to sleep. Woke up for the second time at around 06:30 AM and noticed The Lady  was up as well. She said she had been up since 02:30 AM! Obviously we both still are struggling with jet lag phenomena.  So we both went for breakfast. We had our breakfast finished by 07:30 and decided to go to another shopping spree. My mother-in-law’s idea was to take BRT (Yes BRT and that is the exact way they write it on the buses, stations and announcements, in English !) while The Lady insisted on taxi. I didn't know Esfahan even had BRT and to this day I do not know what BRT stranded for. I have seen buses with BRT sign in Calgary but all I know about them is that they were a kind of fast service bus with limited number of stops because I do not take any sort of public transportation service and intend not to do that ever! BRT in Esfahan though, l have to admit its excellence: first of all you have a ca

What Has Canada Done to Itself?!

With these all recent terrorist acts in the country, I hope Canadian s open their eyes and ears and understand this is not 70s and 80s anymore. The Government has let many people in that they simply do not belong. All they care about, and they are people from Pakistan , Iraq , all other Muslim countries, etc, is making money, go around the law and skip income tax, buy a property and scam the Government and charity organizations and get money from them. And of course every now and then, show they hatred by killing a soldier or shooting a bystander.  Do you really think the Muslim community does not know what is happening with its members?! Do they not know who goes to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS and who is planning for the next attack on a CFB or Parliament Hill ?! They all now about these plans. They get together more than once in a week and review things together, whether in a mosque or a community center or simply someone's residence. I really don't know what the

Weaselhead Park

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I went to Weaselhead Park for the second consecutive day! It might sound stupid but the second time was for two reasons: 1- I could get enough exercise for my Fitbit monitor. 2- I could take a few photos. Both of them took place but it was not as exciting as yesterday. My yesterday's plan was to go to Glenmore Park and walk for 1 hour and then 1 hour back. Over there when I was simply walking Elbow River Pathway I realized Weaselhead Park as an extension to Glenmore Park , its south part. I went until the I reached a pond and a bridge beside it. My guess was as Google Maps shows the park or Natural Area extends further to west so I decided to go again today. For that reason I started earlier compare to yesterday, garbed my camera and put warmer cloths on. I had reached the pond in about 01:04 hour but this time I don't know if it was tiredness or boredom that caused me to reach there in 01:20 hour! I then realized that the pathway turns and becomes maybe a loo

Back to the Old Country: Day 2 (Tue. 30-Sep-2014)

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*** This is a postponed post *** I woke up around 03:00   AM or something and couldn't go back to sleep. Spent a little time on writing and then headed out for a little walk. Then purchased a pack of whole wheat breakfast biscuit lightly sweetened by Date Syrup . Really good, made by the old company of Minoo . I will probably purchase a few to take with me. Each Rls. 10,000 , some US$ 0.36 . I also purchased a long distance card so I will be able call my buddies before joining them. After breakfast we got out together for bunch of administrative stuff. Iranian women need to obtain approval of either their fathers or husbands every time they want to renew their passports. There are other restrictions similar to this that the great religion of Islam has dedicated to women!! The Lady wants to be given the freedom of renewing her own passport without my permission and presence. We went to a Registry to ask about this. Our next destination was a different type of registry, thi

German Trip (8): Munich Olympic Park

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The Olympic Park where the 1972 Summer Olympic Games were held is close to BMW so I visited it right after I finished that. The Olympic Park is beautiful and has different facilities. They also offer tours of the facility but I only went on the top of the Olympic Tower . The tower is only 180 m or so and comparing to Calgary Tower it's almost the same size. The view is nice from the top. besides you can go out on the deck without paying extra. There's also a little exhibition of Rock music. After the tower I went around and see a few other places of the park.  The Olympic Park is the place of the 1972 hostage taking of Israeli athlete, the subject of the movie called Munich but I didn't have the direction to the Village. Rather than the people who were in the park just to have a walk and see it, I mean tourists, there were not many athletes, more specifically runners, around.   (Photo; View of Olympic Village from the Olympic Tower. This is where Israeli ath

Germany Trip (7): Hike to Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest)

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My main destination in the state of  Bavaria was  Kehlsteinhaus in town of Bertchesgaden in southeast of Munich, some 3 hours on the train.  Kehlsteinhaus , a chalet at the time of construction, was built in 1938 as a gift for Adolf Hitler 's 50th birthday but it was barely used by him. In order to get there I left my hotel early morning and got on a Bahn train and just shortly before Bertchesgaden the train stopped at town of Bischofswiesen and we got on a bus to get to the town due to track's maintenance. The hike starts from this area of the town called Obelzakzberg which is the place of another property of Hitler , Berghof . Unlike  Kehlsteinhaus , Hitler spent quite a long time in his private residence of Berghof , according to what I read in the area, one third of his time in power was spent in this residence which is gone now. Allies have different plans of bombing all the buildings in the area. While they find  Kehlsteinhaus not a very prominent targ

Germany Trip (6): Inside BMW in Munich

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BMW Complex in Munich comprises of three departments: BMW Welt which in German means BMW World and is a free showroom of the latest BMW models in a big 2 story building with cafe, restaurant and gift-shop as well as interpretive center, BMW Museum across from the street which has the history of BMW and it's models as well as motorcycles, concepts, plane engines and similar and finally BMW Plant which is its assembly plant adjacent to the museum. A wonderful old model of BMW from 1939, displayed in BMW Museum. The design, the colour and the style are all beautiful.  I was able to see the first two but was not aware that a BMW Plant tour requires advance booking so missed that. The good thing is I started early and was able to see the different sections and take photographs before it gets crazy crowded. I have this plan of buying a BMW Sedan in 2015 but it depends on many factors. The least expensive BMW s come from 1 and 2 series. 1 Series are not available in C

Lone Survivor: Based on Clear, True Lies(!)

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In my last day in the old country I was on the way to Aunt M. 's while right in front of the bus station I noticed this guy selling bootleg movies on the sidewalk. I don't know what the exact situation is at the moment in the society but bootlegging is quite common but street vendors for good such as this are usually nocturnal. So I decided to check him out. There were a few movies that I knew I had wanted to see but waived them away due to high possibility of being bullshit Hollywood crap! This specific on, Lone Survivor was a bit tempting when the trailer was being showed on TV but still not tempting enough for me to spend my dollars on it. Here the movie available at a very cheep price, I decided to buy it but could not trust the guy. He claimed that he had been a known vendor in the neighbourhood for a long time, everyone knows him and trusts him and he will be here tomorrow again and I would be able to talk to him if there was a problem with the disk and introduced

Bell at McDonald's

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I wanted to get a coffee from the local McDonald's and also check the damn Canadian Embassy website for mother-in-law's embassy so I'm writing from there. While the internet connection is good this damn Surface regardless of all its positive sides, is very hard to work with when you're to work with websites and make notes. I'm thinking of buying either a Microsoft Pen or Keypad just to make it to easier to work with. I'm going back home to continue my notes and reading over there. I need to send it as soon as possible. (Photo: I used the built-in Camera of the tablet to take this photo and later edited the post on my PC at home. The quality seems not be very clear but I will have to try it in other light environments and see if there is any setting. This is good though for stealing photographs)

Disasterous Return

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I'm writing from Frankfurt Airport using the 24-hour free Internet. It was a trip full of stress and anxiety from Munich to here and I will not be eased until I land in Calgary . *** Update in Calgary (05:54 PM) *** I finally reached home. It is so good to be back. The plane touched the runaway at exactly 03:39 PM. I ran to passport check and then CBSA desk and got my luggage. I didn't have anything important on me but a small package of Pistachio and they didn't even open my bags. The entire landing and exiting the airport didn't take more than 20 min. , maybe but cost a few cents more than $168 to get the car our of the so called Economy Lot !  Air Canada 's flight started with a 50 min. delay which was about to piss me off but then continued with good entertainment system, food and beverages and felt OK. I sat at the window this time but didn't bother much. There was just this giant goof sitting besides me who I don't know where the hell

Germany Trip (5): Hofgarden (Court Garden or Court Park)

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The original plan for today, not actually specifically for today, the only one left and not done, was first to go to Salzburg , but I decided to cancel that the day before after struggling with myself for a few minutes! Part of me was urging to go because this would be the last time I'm in this region. The other part was resisting and denying for the following reasons: 1- I injured the back of my feet on my trip to Bertchesgaden and hike to Kehlsteinhuas . 2- Tomorrow will be my departure time so I have to be prepared (something happened which I will explain later and in fact it was good that I didn't go). 3- Cost would be too much. I have already spent a lot: a. There would have been a €22 admission to the caves. b. Ticket from Munich to Salzburg would have been between €25 to €30 . c. There would have been the cost travel from Salzburg to Werfen . d. I should add cost of food and beverage as well. The last time when I went to Kehlsteinhaus , I only bo

Germany Trip (4): Dachau Concentration Camp

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I woke up around 06:55 from the noise of the next-door neighbour. I think that is sort of shipping company. I look out the window and saw it was raining and went: Shit! Then I said to myself: The life should go on. So I dressed and got out. My destination today was the little town of Dachau , around 20 min. away from the Munich   City Center to see what is left of Dachau Concentration Camp . The Nazi s had established few of the similar camps in  Germany ,  Poland and Ukraine , if not in any other country. Dacha , alongside with Auschwitz are probably the most notorious ones.   My intention originally was curiosity and then spending time in and around Munich , of course, especially because there is no admission and I paid only €8.4 for a return ticket on S-Bahn and that alto included the bus ride from the train station to the camp. Whether anyone would go, if there was a fee, I can't say but in West normally the schools are the first customers of such sites and they g

Germany Trip (3): Nymphenburg Palace

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There is this vast residence of the former Bavarian rulers in western Munich which I visited today. I started a almost 09:05 AM and couldn't go further than 15:30! There is so much to see. It's a big palace, Nymphenburg . All of the people who started with me left minutes, maybe hours before me as I saw none of them at the end or during the last hours! The visit cost me €15 and that includes admission to all of the exhibitions and an audio guide. The palace is easily accessible and that is due to availability of public transit everywhere in Munich . You need to get Tram # 17 from the Central Station and will find yourself there quickly. The visit is poorly managed though. First off there are rarely any signs in the big palace's garden and premises and a map costs €2 ! I was about to say to the guy if she was kidding! The map should be part of admission. Second of all the people barely speak English or are unwilling to, although there is a good population of forei

Germany Trip (2): Viktualienmarket

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I got myself incredibly tired in the past few days in a way that I realized that I could no longer walk easily after 15:30, almost. So I headed back to the hotel after a short tour of City Center . When you compare the Downtown or City Center of cities such as Calgary , Vancouver and  Toronto , where I've been to all, you see differences, big ones and similarities. The similarities are the luxury and poverty, two great contradiction you see everywhere, although Canada 's are more visible and bigger ( Vancouver Downtown East-side , Calgary 's, etc) but the big difference is the richness of City Center in Munich in terms of history, and luxury and of course public transportation is incomparable which I will assign a separate post to it, most likely, later. Today's destination originally was this ancient market of the town which is held outdoors and called Viktualienmarket . Many words are combined together and create a long work. So here this word is created by th

Germany Trip (1): Munich Residenz: Incredible and Magnificent

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I'm so tired now. I spent almost 6 hours in Munich Residenz today. The day before I saw BMW Welt , a free exhibition and Olympic Park where the 1972 Summer Olympic took place. I have to get ready for tomorrow that I'm going to Bertchesgaden , some 2.5 hours in south-eastern Bavaria . I will have to wake up at 06:00 AM and I've set the clock for that. I will post everything with necessary detail later. (Photo: One of the many entrances to Munchen Residenz, a sort of palace for aristocrats of Bavaria in early 17th. More detail will be posted later)

Bold Hotel (Munich/Munchen)

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 Getting to this webpage for the first time in a few days I'm writing from  Bold Hotel in Munich . It was not very hard to find it but was hard to get in with this two damn big heavy suitcases. I had a nap after taking shower. Don't know what to do now. Might go out for a walk. Giesing is the closest train station but I have to be careful not to get myself lost or engaged especially because today is Fri.! There is no telephone in the room so even if I buy a phone card, I will have to make the call through a public phone! An option would be contacting Cousin I. but I don't know what his reaction would be if 1 did. In the meantime I don't want to spend my whole day in the whole! (Photo: This picture is taken from the room's window looking north)

Back to the Old Country: Day 1 (Mon. 29-Sep-2014)

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***This is a postponed post*** Arrived at the in-law’s at around 06:45 AM after a little more than 4.5 drive from I. K. International Airport . The driver, a short man in his early 60s , was not driving so badly, considering the driving habits of a Third World country. Common driving consideration and cautionary tips were being ignored constantly. At the beginning when we just left the airport and we were headed for Tehran- Qom freeway, I noticed a small speed sign which ordered a limit of 50 Km/h. We were being driven at the speed of minimum 110 Km/h at the time (!) while a modern car, a Hyundai or Toyota perhaps, as these are common cars here, passed us at a speed of approximately 150 Km/h, I would say! I had to keep the guy company to prevent him from sleeping. So I had to listen to lots of bull while many other things he said made sense and I was surprised at what he said about negative sides of Iranian culture that I hated them for years and still dislike them a lot