The view from my hotel room in Tehran. We arrived there around Christmas Eve on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul. Christmas Day, we went snowboarding.
Years of economic embargo gave Iran a unique '70s feel. Everything seems so old. It was like it was stuck in the '70s.
I touched snow for the first time! Tochal Ski Resort has the longest ski season in the world.
It was around -8c. I was freezing and the wind hurts on my face.
I had nothing but a warm reception from the people of Iran during my visit. Despite being tagged as a member of the 'Axis of Evil', the world forgets that in the middle of all the rhetoric, people are people and we have to look beyond headlines and official government statements.
This is my guide and he has family in the United States.
Yes, they greet their Christian readers a Merry Christmas.
Outside Iran, this setup would have been unthinkable! The photos of the Ayatollahs and Christmas Trees? Of course.
One of the Farsi typewriters at the Golestan Palace museum.
A monument to independence. I remember how cold it was that day.
After the 1979 hostage crisis at the US Embassy in Tehran, it was converted into a military training facility.
Not too shabby for an international airport. You can pick up caviar in the departure area!
Found in Tehran's bazaar. Really, my trip challenged all perceptions I had of Iran.
Christmas trip to Iran. December 25-26, 2012.