Category Archives: travel

Morning River Walk

Every day on the way to work, we go over a bridge with a river – mostly dry riverbed – below.  It looks sort of intriguing, partly because it’s a moving body of water and anything moving somewhere intrigues me … Continue reading

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Musings, Reflections and Random Moments in Sulimanayah

1.  Heat. It’s hot now.  Every day is really, really hot.  The actual, reported, official temperature during the summer here, like in the UAE, is not accurate; it’s always underreported.  The reported temperature at the moment (10:30 am) in Suli … Continue reading

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In which fave chicken place leads me to VIP hospital treatment

….with a few not so fun bits in between, but hey! that’s life. Friend Jason, who I worked with in COB Speicher (1 km. from Tikrit, in Iraq), came for a visit, really to see his former students from Erbil … Continue reading

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Nawroz and Jli Kurdi (3 months ago)

Yep, another after-the-fact posting.  Life was busy…trying to catch up on recording some of my activities now:). Nawroz is the Kurdish New Year and is held on the 1st day of spring; for anyone interested in learning a bit more … Continue reading

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Springtime Picnic in the Mountains!

The Kurds, (like the Gulf Arabs) here in Kurdistan anyway, seem to be mad for picnicking, and as soon as the warmer spring weather arrives, people from the cities make for one of the many beautiful spots in the mountains … Continue reading

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Bazaar!

  Or, BUHZ-ah, as my students pronounce it and, really, they oughta know.  The bazaar here is the real McCoy; it’s where the local people go to buy absolutely anything they need.  From clothes to produce to electronics to live … Continue reading

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Apparent safety

It often seems as though things are safer here than they are in almost any place I’ve seen or been.  As mentioned before, the Peshmerga guards are everywhere: in front of our apartment building, in front of the university, at … Continue reading

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