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 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!