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A blissful weekend in Taleghan

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

The last time that we went to Taleghan, which is an area in the mountains near Ghazvin, to the west of Tehran, we just stayed close to our friends' villa and enjoyed the fresh air.  This time, we decided to make a longer trip and spend two whole days there which was simply blissful.

As Tehran gets steadily warmer, many people decide to take weekends away from the city.  Shomal, the area near the Caspian Sea is a favorite retreat, but many people prefer the mountains and hills closer to Tehran.  Taleghan can be reached in about two - three hours and the location is wonderful.  Not only is the air so much cooler than the city, but the scenery is great.  All around are high mountains, with the tops covered in snow.

We decided to leave very early so we were ready to be picked up by 6.00 and just before 9, after a leisurely breakfast in a roadside restaurant, where the bread was made next door, we had arrived, and were having a nice peaceful morning at the villa of Payman and Parisa, our hosts, who joined us later that afternoon.  Many of the trees surrounding the house were in blossom and all the wild flowers were out.

When I think back the main thing that comes to my mind is how much we all laughed - some people were newcomers to our group but Anoosh, Oldooz and Pooneh just fitted in so beautifully and helped make the weekend such a great, joyful and happy experience.  I felt more relaxed and rested than after three weeks in the UK, despite all the walks, the efforts to hike that we did and late night and early mornings.   The air was clean and fresh the wind was gentle and playful, the people we met on our long walk to the town and back were great, we met a few ladies who were running businesses and we were all very impressed. We loved the surrounding hills - some of us managed to walk all the way to the top, where there were wonderful views of the mountains, and continued in a huge circle to get back to the villa tired but happy and in great spirits.  We went for a long walk to a waterfall, where we could cool down in the water and refresh ourselves.  We played so many rounds of takhteh (backgammon) and did a lot of korkori-bazi - we had so much fun and it truly felt like the big happy family that we were.  We had barbecues outside.  Even though I have a big family, they are all over the world and those here pursue different interests, so to Paul and myself these young and young at heart people are our family; we love them and cherish them and enjoy their company and what we learn from them.  Late on the Friday afternoon, we made our way back to Tehran, but the traffic was very heavy, and it took nearly four hours to get home.

I have promised myself that this year I shall be more like my old self and get out of Tehran and go to places and do things since when I'm at home I stay at my computer or even worse.  Maybe as I am growing older I am becoming wiser that what is most important in life over and over again is not only to be with those who you love but more to be with those with who you can be light, joyful, playful, childlike, even a little crazy and happy.  We should try and avoid those who make us feel heavy, somber and unhappy.  They may be great people but we need to spend our quality time with those who give us what we need spiritually!

... Payvand News - 06/01/09 ... --

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