August 2008 Archives

A soldier guards a doorway in a village outside of Kirkuk, Iraq

Iraq 2008: Riding the Rhino in Baghdad

Aug 16, 2008 | 5 Comments

My trip has almost come to an end... I left Iraq yesterday after three and a half weeks including the teaching project in Suly - and something that I hadn't mentioned before - a military embed in Kirkuk for ten days (with a brief stopover in Baghdad)... It might have been crazy, but I am now safely in a beautiful hotel room in Dubai with a sea-view room drinking daiquiris by the pool. Life is good.

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An old man sits on the street in Erbil, Iraq

Iraq 2008: The wild, wild west

Aug 1, 2008 | 2 Comments

So I have officially been in Iraq for over ten days - I know this because my Visa expired yesterday and I still haven't been able to secure the extension... Hopefully things will work out on Sunday, but hey it is Kurdistan... Nothing is guaranteed... It has been an interesting experience between the lack of reliable electricity, the inability to access outside money, the general disregard for rules, and the large amounts of people carrying AK's... It can only be compared to the wild west.

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