I’m still gathering all my paperwork and having the travel agency our college uses figure out how much it’ll cost to get me to Qazvin (165km NW of Tehran) in October for a conference. I’m supposed to chair a panel there and give a paper, but the visas, air travel, the need to wire funds to the conference via a Swiss bank (they don’t seem to be on the grid vis a vis credit cards or anything else in Iran), and all of that are making me wonder if it’ll actually happen. For instance, I’m not sure, exactly, how I’ll get from Tehran to Qazvin–I’m betting hitchhiking is out.
My advisor is going to a conference in Iran sometime in the near future. If I had known about it earlier I probably would have applied for funding to go, if nothing else it has to be a once in a lifetime type experience.