From the travel journal:
I have put together a small list of my impressions since I have been in Tehran:
Tehran is a HUGE mess of a city. The traffic is insane… imagine Cambodian traffic in 10 years when their population explodes and everyone has a car. It is bumper to bumper from morning till night. I was stuck in traffic at 1PM on a weekday… there were only 5 lanes but cars were lined up 8 abreast! It is not uncommon to see someone back up right in the middle of the street, and stop lights are rare. Tehran is full of traffic lights: the top and bottom lights blink alternatively with the middle light, and all three lights are yellow!! Gas costs only 9 cents a liter due to heavy government subsidies. And then of course there are the pedestrians, standing in the middle of traffic with their hand out playing a deadly game of chicken. Insane.
Viva the revolution! HACK … Cough …
Here’s a tip: when going out into the streets try not to breathe. Due to all the traffic (see above), air quality is extremely terrible, especially in southern Tehran, in the Hood where I am staying. Oh, by the way, this tip is not just for when you are walking around, it is also applicable for when riding in vehicles too. Since most taxis are ancient Paykans and have no aircon the drivers keep the windows rolled down the whole time. Spending half the day outside gives me a pollution-induced headache. It also doesn’t help that the air is filled with dust either.
*Plastic Palm Trees and Fiber-optic Fireworks*
Sounds like a Phillip K. Dick novel right? I wonder what it is about opressive regimes and town squares filled with really ugly fiber-optic fireworks and neon palm trees that light up at night. I saw this phenomenon throughout China as well. Well, at least now I can be sure that they don’t need that Bushehr reactor for nuclear weapons, they need to light up their town squares!
*Don’t go for the eyes!*
Iranian women are HOTT!! I am sorry, but they are too fine. Since they cover up pretty much everything they spend a lot of time ont he face. And they are beautiful! The best though is their eyes, dark and powerful than can bore through you like a laser. Don’t get caught in their gaze! I’m warning you! By they way, did I mention I think Iranian chicks are hot?