Special thanks to my first nice host Mohammad. =)
During my long weekend travel to Dresden I were hosted by Mohammad, an iranian physic student. Dresden is quite a popular vacation spot for Berliners. Due to the high ratio of elderly in the city, you will enjoy an absolute silent when you step out from the tourist spots. Sitting at Mohammad’s balcony on Sunday, you can hardly see a person on the street. I were borne in Hong Kong, and I have never experience this kind of silence in the entire of my life.
If you are not night-hanger, after the sunset at four in the afternoon you can only stay in your place. The long night at home gave us a chance to have an intensive Chinese-Iranian culture exchange course. The first culture I knew about Iran is food. On the day I drove to Dresden there is a traffic accident on the highway so I took almost four hours to there. When I arrived the city at nine, Mohammad had already prepared an Iranian dinner for me. It was so sweet and touching. This was the first Iranian meal I had, Iranian dishes mainly consist of meat and rice, but not so much vegetable. Their favourite “vegetable” is raw garlic, I seldom eat a whole piece of raw garlic. The taste is excitingly spicy! Another Iranian dish is pot rice, by using his ceramic pot he bought from Iran, the surface of the round shaped pot rice is golden and crispy. Sometimes they put a piece of bread under the rice and cook it, then you will enjoy a piece of crispy bread. The secret of this perfect golden rice is the 1:4 oil-to-water ratio. Mohammad also added some iranian seasoning into the rice, which made the rice more fruitful to Hong Kong’s pot rice.Although you were looking at a cup of oil being poured into the rice, it doesn’t stop you from the rice.
The second night Mohammad showed me an iranian documentary <<The Lover’s Wind>>, it was filmed by the director of <<The Red Balloon>>, one of my favorite movie. <<The Red Balloon>> is about the story of a child chasing a floating red balloon. The director Albert Lamorisse filmed the red balloon in a lively way, making an illusion between the life and object state of the balloon.
Video : <<The Red Balloon>>, one of my favorite movie
<<The Lover’s Wind>> again filmed the sand in this in-between state. Following the sand and the wind, you travelled around Iran. From the physic view Mohammad explained theoretically me all objects can be in the state of floating. Iran is an extreme city with floating properties. You can find snow and desert in this country, but they are not so far away from each other. The extremely rapid development of this country is making itself more extreme, the camera flows from sand to concrete. I met all my Iranian friend from different parts of the world, this gave me a strong feeling that Iranians have high mobility. Sometimes they insist to call themselves the Persian. The stubbornness is filled with a proudness to a past nation.
Video : <<The Lover’s Wind>>
Mohammad loves reading, there is a bookshelf in his place. He has a wide range of interest, it is a pity that most of the books are in iranian. Surprisingly when I started to understand the language I found that it is also floating. Having been reading in “word-by-word” since I were borne, I were totally confused by the linking language system in Iranian. However a form of art was borne because of this fluid language system, there are a lot of calligraphy art in Iran.
A trip to Dresden, a light touch to Iran.