ooh sweet! which city? do you miss it?!
I'm not Persian, but my wonderful, fantastic incredibly talented did I say fabulous?, hairstylist is Persian. She tells wonderful (and sometimes bittersweet) stories about living in Tehran (sp?) before the revolution; she had many fabulous parties, everyone wore beautiful designer clothes, it was very cosmopolitan then. She has been in the US since ~ 1980, and went back there this year or last (I can't remember) for the first time. She said how nice it was seeing so many wonderful friends from the past.
All of the Persians I have met here are such warm, generous, lovely people.