Life in Iran with Rick Steves
In March of 2008 Rick Steves asked me to accompany him to Iran to help him produce a travel documentary on Iran and its people. Rick’s intention was to put a human face on the people of Iran as opposed to the sensational news clips that tend to demonize people of other countries whose governments we don’t agree with. I was delighted to accept!
Over the years, Rick had introduced so many travelers to European destinations through travel books, television programs, and travel blogs. Friends asked him to consider how he could increase understanding between Iran and the United States. Rick realized that the most powerful thing would be to produce a television show introducing Americans to the true Iran … the people, their extraordinary hospitality, their beautiful country, and ancient history.
Everywhere we went, we came across people young and old, teachers, students, artists, business people, soldiers, and farmers and we were always, always received with warmest welcomes and with smiling faces. Here are some of the photos and stories from our ten days of traveling.
Click on the pictures to see Abdi’s Photo Diary of Life in Iran with Rick Steves.
Photographer Abdi Sami studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California. He has worked in the film industry for over twenty years and has also worked as a consultant with creative companies and non-profit organizations. Abdi has traveled to over thirty countries and visits Iran,his country of birth, regularly.
Abdi hopes to create more understanding between the people of Iran and the United States. Abdi can be reached by email.
When the Smiling Rose Looks at You in Spring
Iraj Anvar reads this poem by Hafez in Farsi and English.
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|Check out Rick Steves' website and find out more about his trip and why he went to Iran.
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