Tehran, Tehran, Iran
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Bridging the World, One Gulf at a Time!
humanist, socialist, feminist, pacifist, cosmopolitan, queer-friendly, shamefaced omnivore (I wish I could be a vegetarian, or even better, a vegan), environmentalist, immortalist, down to earth, eccentric, easygoing, curious, adventurous, rebellious, freedom-loving and brutally honest to myself and to the world.
Although I have degrees in engineering and philosophy (IUST, Sharif, UBC), I prefer to make a living through teaching English and Arabic or working as a freelance tour guide. This gives me more freedom and free time.
I am also a traveler, not a tourist. I usually read and learn as much as possible about the places I want to visit first, then travel for several weeks (or months) at a time focusing on a country or a few small countries only. I don't take pictures but I try to see as much as possible, sometimes spending a whole day or two at a worthy museum.
People ask me about my profile name (Peace Gulf). This is the name I prefer to use for the body of water between Iran and the Arab states. Most Iranians call it "the Persian Gulf" and most Arabs "the Arabian Gulf". This disagreement is important for me and I want to find a constructive way out of it. That's why I changed my profile name from "Reza Memar" (which only shows my name) to "Peace Gulf" which shows my ideas and (I think) helps my purpose. But if you ask why I use this name for that body of water I can explain it as follows:
1- Names we choose for things reflect how we think about them and the world. There is no "right" or "wrong" in names. Names are tools. There is no "right" and "wrong" in tools. There are only "good" tools and "bad" tools.
2- Everybody should be free to call ANYTHING with ANY name they choose provided this is not generally considered offensive.
3- The name of the body of water between Iran and the Arab states on the southern shores has many different names in different languages. Turks call it "Basra Gulf" for example. You can't and shouldn't do anything about it. There is no international law that prevents Turks from using this name or the Arabs from using their chosen name.
4- The name "Persian Gulf" reflects Persian Imperial Past. It is a good tool for strengthening Persian nationalism. I am not a fan of nationalism. I am a cosmopolitan. I am not a fan of any imperialism either, including the dead ones, in particular the Persian Empire. Actually I am ashamed of the death and destruction that our fathers, including Cyrus, have caused in this region of the world.
5- I prefer peace and humanity over nationalism.
6- Therefore I prefer to use "the Peace Gulf" for that body of water. It is a good tool for my purpose
If you agree with this, you may also want to join this group:
And this group which is for the Caspian Sea:
1- Don't have more than you need. Give more than is expected.
2- Be hospitable in a way that you can always be so!
3- Na Eslaam, Na Iran, Jaanam Fadaaye Ensaan! (not for Iran, not for Islam, I'll die for humans!).
I can host up to 20 people with a short notice or I can find hosts for people. You can always count on me!
If you cannot get your visa through www.touranzamin.com, I can help you with Iranian visa by providing invitation letters or contact details as well. I have even created a group for this:
I have established a place called "Khayyam House" for holding CS events and hosting people. You have to come and see the place for yourself.
I am the main host of "Tehran International Weekly Gathering" of CS members.
I also host a gathering of CS members called "Omar Khayyam Night" every week when I am in Tehran and in large cities whenever I travel:
In addition, you can almost always come over to play "ping pong, badminton, or Scrabble".
Once a week, when I am in Tehran, I go to the mountains for "Hiking and Cleaning up the Environment".
I am the current or former organizer or co-organizer of many other current or former events including "Reading Shahnameh", "Reading Hafez","Reading Gulistan of Sa'di", "Reading Bustan of Sa'di", "Persian Time","Let's Read Quran Together", "Arabic Time", "Turkish Time!","Russian Time!", "Chinese Time", "Afghanistanology","Reading Rumi", "Poetry and Music Soiree","Quiz Night", "Free English Lessons for Peace", "Cinematograph", "Movie Night", "Iran Explorers", "Reading Ar Rihla of Ibn Battuta", "Potluck Lunch", "Reading 1001 Nights", and "Visiting and/or Helping out Afghan Students in Tehran":
Also I am the founder and moderator of these groups:
Iranian Visa Support Group:
Omar Khayyam Society:
Omar Khayyam Library:
Omar Khayyam Book Exchange:
Poetry in Tehran:
Ferdowsi and Shahnameh:
Arabic Time in Tehran:
Tehran Tour Guides:
Tehran English Teachers:
Green College UBC:
A- One Iraqi child and one English child.
B- 127 Ladies: fifteen Persians (two of them for two weeks in a row and then one of these two for a lot of times after that), one Syrian, one Iraqi, one Lebanese, two Lithuanians, one Latvian, one Finnish, one from Iceland, one Romanian, seventeen Poles, six Swiss, five Czech, three Turkish, one Welsh, three Spanish, one Vietnamese, three Portuguese, three English, one Korean, one Croatian, one Greek, one Danish, two Swedish, seven Russians, two Malaysians, one Thai, one American, one Canadian, seven Chinese, three from Hong Kong, two Australians, one New Zealander, one Ukrainian, one Austrian, ten French, three Dutch, two Belgians, two Italians, one Scottish, one Georgian and seven Germans.
C- 409 Men: seventy four Iranians (some of them for up to ten times and some for up to 23 days in a row), forty eight Germans, two Pakistanis, two Iraqis, one Tajik, one Thai, two Mexican, one Colombian, one Lebanese, five Lithuanians, one Latvian, three Slovenians, one Romanian, two Argentinians, one Bulgarian, one Venezuelan, one Peruvian, one Serbian, two Indians, five Georgians, two Slovaks, three Armenians, one from El Salvador, one Chilean, one Kazakh, two Austrian, seven Australians, three New Zealanders, one Swedish, three Taiwanese, three Japanese, one Korean, twenty nine Poles, thirteen Czech, seventeen Turkish, eleven Italians, nineteen Russians, three Ukrainians, eleven Dutch, one Croatian, thirty five French, ten Belgians, two Malaysians, four English, two Singaporeans, fifteen Chinese (one of them for more than one month), five from Hong Kong, one from Macau, one South African (for more than one month), four Irish, thirteen Spanish, six Portuguese, eleven Swiss, eight Danish, one Norwegian, one Brazilian, one Kurdish and one Hungarian.
I have also shown some other couchsurfers around and have helped many with invitation letters or visa-on-arrival contact details or problems.
A- Between July 29th and October 26th 2010 I managed to surf for 68 (out of 90) nights in many different Turkish towns and cities.
B- Between March 19th and July 29th 2011 (more than 4 months) I surfed many couches in Iran, northern Iraq, south and central Turkey and Cyprus (both north and south).
C- Between March 18th and September 15th 2012 (nearly 6 months) I surfed many couches in Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Abkhazia and Turkey.
D- Between Feb 20th and April 5th 2013 (45 days) I surfed many couches in Iran (From the Friendship Sea to the Peace Gulf #1).
E- Between August 13th and October 3rd 2013 (50 days) I surfed some couches in Iran, a few in Armenia and many in east and central Turkey (camping or hosteling the rest of the time).
F- Between March 12th, and April 3rd 2014 I surfed many couches in Iran (From the Friendship Sea to the Peace Gulf #2).
G- Between September 11th and October 10th 2014 I surfed many couches in Iran (From the Friendship Sea to the Peace Gulf #3).
H- Between Feb 26th to March 30th 2015 I surfed many couches in Iran and Iraq (From the Friendship Sea to the Peace Gulf #4)
history, geography, archeology, anthropology, languages, cultures, differences, solo backpacking, nature, helping people, science, art, poetry, encyclopedias, changing the world, open relationships, a federal and secular state for Iran, independence or self-autonomy for whoever wants it (Kurds, Tibetans,Palestinians, Basques, Baluches,Turkmens,...), teaching English and Farsi, improving my English, playing the host, walking, day-hikes, humanism and transhumanism, especially biological immortality.
No movie has ever moved me! But I like "Dead Poets' Society" because of the sense of rebellion that it inspires. I also like historical movies, world cinema, world folk music, Woody Allen, Omar Khayyam, documentaries and maps.
I refused to finish my PhD in philosophy in Canada after getting disillusioned as to the value of academic philosophy. Otherwise a guaranteed and very prestigious university position (at Sharif U of T) was waiting for me and I wouldn't have needed to pay back all the scholarship money to the Iranian government.
I take pleasure in sharing my limited knowledge of Iran and its main language with you. If your English is worse than mine, I will be glad to help you with that as well. I organize a weekly meeting in Tehran and give free English lessons (see "Free English Lessons for Peace" among the events on Tehran page). I am also the moderator of "Tehran English Teachers" group on this website:
I have also created a group for sharing our books:
And also one for sharing tour guiding experience in Tehran:
I can help you with English, Persian or some Turkish. I can also tell you all about my life, traveling and CS experiences.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
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