Well I’m on my way back from our train through Eastern Europe and Persia (as the locals like to call it). Seems they don’t really buy in to calling themselves Iranian. Highlights of the trip were Istanbul and Topkapi
Capadoccia with the early cave churches where the persecuted fled and the idea of ascetics and monks began. Whirling Dervishes provided some entertainment and put on jeans and t-shirts after when they headed for home.