Author: Bahar Iran

We aren’t where we thought we were

Last Sunday I pulled into a rest area while travelling from Upstate New York to Massachusetts. My wife needed her Starbucks cold drink and I needed to top-off the tank. Pulled behind a white late model Land Rover that was undecided as to which lane to commit to. Eventually, there was an opening,  the driver did a full 360-degree turn right in front of me and pulled into the middle lane. So far so good except that he parked in such a way that no one else could use the other pump. When I asked him to move his car he refused and said he’ll do it when finished filling out his tank. I was stunned. And for some reason this feeling has stayed with me. I was delayed for however long it takes to fill up a gas tank but the nagging feeling is still there. I m not going to turn this experience into a conclusion of world dimension and magnitude but did come to a number of realizations: This I don’t believe was personal. Or against me specifically since he had blocked entry to the gas stations before I arrived. Why does it bother me so much? Now this is the part that I think matters and deserves attention. True that the man wasted my time and acted unexpectedly, but why did it affect me? Why...

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The ‘Who Decides’ Thing

Speaking of mainland, you could just sit outside any hotel on Ashford and watch the faces of people coming out to venture out and discover what their vacation destination has to offer. And you could attribute the effect of years of undecided-ness of our democracy, as to how and how fast it should evolve, to their unmissable expressions and in their mannerism. A lot to wash off via any vacation choice: We want change, and we attempt to get things changed, and we don’t like the outcome, and we want those changed, and on and on it goes. But...

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Out to lunch?

Previously in Condado It is true. I could provide you with breath taking images, amazing scenery, and a sense of the Caribbean magic. But I rather you experience that on your own. OK? Suffice it to say that after having that amazing breakfast, lunch was out of the question. And we headed out traversing some of the prettiest roads and the countryside of Puerto Rico. On the way to Piñons, we happened by a local fisherman who proudly displayed his three hours’ worth of work collecting crab. It was a somewhat of an overcast day with a sudden and...

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Puerto Rico Bankrupt? My..

So I rolled out of bed and found myself eating a Mallorca sandwich at Pinkey’s. Last time I was here, I had a waffle dish for breakfast but this one hit me. By the time I realized that I wanted to write about this trip and ready to share some of my experience, the sandwich was partially eaten. You have to try this!  Ashford Avenue is an amazing array of delightful experiences in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Coming from the mainland, USA, you can clearly experience the familiar and the different. This isn’t my first trip to PR, but...

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دکتر علی محمد مژده

دانشمندگرامی دکترعلی محمد مژده پژوهشگر، نویسنده، ایران‌شناس، شاعر، مترجم و استاد دانشگاه شیراز یار دیرینه بهار ایران بود.

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