happy new year
i’m back in california. even the incessant rain can’t dampen my contentment from being back in the bay area.
now for what we’ve all been waiting for – pictures from the trip. we shall go in order:
bye bye oakland.
bye bye bay area.
near mount vernon.
in alexandria, virginia, which struck me as being similar to corte madera, but more touristy.
my cousin aryana.
you can’t tell by the picture, but this stick of “butter” at the smithsonian in washington, dc, is about the size of a dining room table.
poetic calligraphy from the persian empire’s savafid dynasty at the smithsonian. i was suprised to see that the art and poetry from india’s mughal dynasty was also in farsi.
Quranic calligraphy from the savafid dynasty in tabriz.
from iran’s sassanian dynasty.
those sassanian eyerainians sure knew how to get down.
at the smithsonian.
i made chinese food for dinner one evening.
aryana enjoying her amish lunch in amish country.
there’s lots of barns in amish country, pennsylvania.
a view of dc from the masonic lodge in alexandria.
duckies in maryland.
my sister and i were entralled by ducks walking on the frozen lake.
aryana having a blast at the “lake” (psst – its really a faux lake built near an upscale mall).
chelo kabab at moby dick – the dc area’s favorite iranian restaurant chain.
want more pictures? my sister has some up too.
nahaar: chelo kabaab; chicken chow mein and crab
shaam: penne pasta with marinara and green salad; okra sambal and nonya daging rendang
snack: chocolate truffles; japanese rice crackers
beverage: iranian tea; peppermint mocha frappuccino; ginger ale; lukewarm airplane “tea”; funky monkey; irish breakfast tea