Back To Wiesbaden, and tomorrow, to Tehran

Kalkan Bay, seen on the road from the village of Islamlar on its north-easterly side.

It is summer and time off for many of us who have kids.

After a lucky four day stay in beautiful Kalkan, Turkey, arranged in the last minute in order to visit my brother and his family who run an art shop there, my daughters and I have returned to Wiesbaden this afternoon, and tomorrow, we will be off to Tehran to visit my parents, and hopefully, to climb Damavand. (To the more travelled among you, it may seem odd that we have to travel the same distance twice more than we need to but let me just say that it has to do with luggage and hub logistics.)

As I started to write this entry in my other brother's apartment in Wiesbaden, I could hear the celebrating Italian fans drive their cars and hunk in the city streets. They rejoice as Italy beats Germany in the World Cup.  It is good to see this level of tolerance and congeniality among the citizens of Wiesbaden. (I just walked out for a moment to capture some of the sound and feel of this celebration on my Sony Cybershot.)

It was a tough game, and Italy had two very well-deserved goals in the last couple of minutes of the extra time (minutes 118 and 119). After the first goal, which had arrived so late in the game, it was natural for the German team to stage a last ditch attack which created an opening for the counter offensive which led to the last goal.

I'm also trying to upload some Sony Cybershot video pieces of the Italian celebration in Wiesbaden, and also a lunch we had with some friends in Islamlar, Turkey. For lunch at Islamlar, besides my brother and his wife, I would have to thank Ali Ihsan Bashguel. Thank you Ali.


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