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That Awkward Moment When

That awkward moment when a Malay girl tells you she's seen the film About Eli, but you still haven't.
That awkward moment when your Israeli pal signs petitions to free an Iranian political prisoner, despite you.
That awkward moment when your German friend has clicked like on the Farhadi's page but you haven't.
That awkward moment when you can blog in English easier than you can blog in Persian.
That awkward moment when a few Iranians ask you where are you from, eventhough your face is so Iranian.
That awkward moment when your Arab mate tells you there's something un-Iranian in you.
That awkward moment when you get back to Iran after 3 months and you hear you look like foreigners.
That awkward moment when your friends are all non-Iranians, including the closest ones.
That awkward moment when %99 of your facebook status updates are English and is not in Persian.
That awkward moment when you don't read any news about Iran but you follow American election news.
That awkward moment when you can't remember what was the last book you read by Iranian authors.
That awkward moment when you cook foods which are not very Iranian.

This list can go on, but can't remember more. However, the good thing is I'm blogging about Iran, to show the brighter side of it to the world by this micro media. Don't know how much I was successful, but I'll try.

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