it has been crazy busy these weeks. i love my job and i'm thrilled by having such fantastic coworkers. they are so knowledgable and down to earth. (i should say this is a good part of culture shock being back to europe. it's very refreshing after seeing californian narcissism.) but there's so much to learn at the beginning that i feel i need to not sleep for months to catch up. weekends have also been packed with buying furniture, putting them together and generally putting my life together. so there has been so little time to pay attention to the change of the seasons. but as you might know from my last years posts, persians celebrate the first day of spring (march 20th or equinox ) and it's officially our first day of the year. since i don't have any family and friends in graz, it felt very lonely (not like last year.) especially when the count down happens, you should be surrounded with your close family and i was surrounded by them but over skype.:-)
but my nowrouz was not only a cyber nowrouz over internet. i had little celebrations here too. my sister visited me the weekend before nowrouz and helped me build my closet and we also cooked sabzi polo mahi and enjoyed the nowrouz meal. she also got me flowers from graz'es market and we made a little haft seen.
furthermore i had a nowrouz celebration by my dear colleage k. she invited me to her house and we celebrated with her room mates. her room mate made a nice avocado + mango salad as appetizer, k made a fantastic vegetarian quiche with potatoes, onions and gruyere cheese. i also made a small pile of persian saffron raisin cookies as dessert.