Yesterday it started raining, and it's finally getting cold in Qom. The last few days before that the weather in Qom was really nice. Between 12 -16 degrees at day time, which is perfect weather to go for a walk with my little one. In the summer it gets so hot here that I used to go out with Mahdi before 9 am!!! So yes, I don't mind it getting colder.
I normally take Mahdi for a walk in the neighborhood. We live in a area with a nice mixture of small houses, big buildings, offices, holy places and even some cultivated fields! Today I will be sharing some pictures from our little stroll a few days ago.
After our trip trough the "greenery" we decided to do a stop at the corner park in the end of road. You know you are in Iran when you see a small park with exercise equipment just on the side of a road or even in a big roundabout! Yeah, I have seen a big roundabout in Qom where people can take a break and do some exercise!
Here is some more pictures from our walk:
The picture below is from our street, which is quiet and mostly just small houses.
Top right is the building most students get to know! Markez khidmat - مرکز خدمات is a place where students go to get their bank card, visa, insurance ect. In the basement there is a shop with all kind of stuff you will be needing moving into a house, The shop is only for students, and you have to bring your student ID if you want to buy something from there. Their prices are good so if you don't have time to look around for the most important stuff when moving to Qom, this shop can be a good place to go.
The last picture is Ayatollah Jawad Amolis office who is a big and well known personality in Iran. He is known as the person who brought Imam Khomeini's letter to Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of Soviet in 1988. More about that here. He leads the zohar prayer from Saturday to Thursday and maghrib prayer on Thursdays in the mosque inside the big office building. He holds a short dars-e-ikhlaq (etiquette lecture) 1-2 times a week. Sometimes it's really packed because of all the buses loaded with people who come to listen to the lecture from other cities. If you are in Qom on a holiday or live here, you should defiantly come for a prayer and feel the spirituality in his prayer and enjoy his speech (NB! It's in Persian).
I will like to end this post with wishing you all a happy Milad-e-Nabi! Today is the end of Hafte-e-wehdat (Unity week. 12 -17 Rabi ul awwal) and the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The whole week people celebrate this big occasion in Iran, you might hear some people singing nasheeds from houses in you neighborhood and don't be surprised if someone rings your doorbell to give you sweets.
Here is our little celebration cake: