Soaking in the book fair experience

Soaking in the book fair experience

Yesterday we took an impromptu trip to Tehran on the last day of the International Book Fair. 

One of the motivating factors was the new venue – Shahre Aftab. It’s a bit closer to Qom – about 1 hour and a half. This place was constructed as the permanent home for the fair, right across from the araamgah of Imam Khomeini. It was a nice open air facility, with some stalls set up in hangars. I was quite pleased with the ample parking room and constant shuttle service to and from the fair. 

Other plus points: the clean bathroom facilities (with a Western toilet!), indoor and outdoor food stalls, water fountains, play areas for kids, and feeding tents for nursing moms.

We made our way through a few areas (kids, international, Iranian, digital) and liked the variety of books, although I think there could have been more good quality English language Islamic books. 

FZ is quite the bookworm, and enjoyed picking out a new Farsi language book on Imam Reza and one on rainbows, while Marium got a few sticker activity books in Farsi/English.

While my husband looked around on his own, the kids played nearby in the playground and gave me a nice break. 

It was a hot day, but there were lots of places with shade, and plenty of cool water. 

We ended our day with a trip to the Nutella Bar stall. And it was delicious! 10 tomans for a cup of Nutella ice cream topped with bananas and strawberries. 

It was a nice experience and made for a pleasant outing with the kids! Although it helped that we went in our own car, so we weren’t forced to follow a bus schedule or look for a taxi.

We hope to go again next year!


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