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Travel Blogs from Irbil
... and I managed to get out of it and satisfy them with 2 kicks
of the ball - I was useless to say the least. We walked back to town
chatting to many people on the way.
just so happened that today a miracle happened. We went to the trains
station yesterday about trains to Dhaka and they were all sold out.
Our option was to ride on the roof or stand for 6 hours. We
decided to go' standing class' and ...
... to Iraqi Kurdistan, which is a semi-autonomous region of Iraq. They provide their own security (the peshmerga) and issue their own visas. They run checkpoints on all the roads and joint checkpoints with the Iraqi Army in the grey zone, turning back any undesired personnel (I.e. me) before getting to the Arab area (like Mosul). There is a whole separate visa for the Arab area of the country, and without it you can't get in. The Kurdish area is actually extremely safe, ...
As I didn't travel this Christmas, I have enjoyed washing the dirt and dust from the balcony of the apartment, experimenting with food and the hotplates, and lying down on the couch and reading a book or two (not great for the neck or back but that doesn't stop me),
I then decided to gather a few photos of me in the Grade One classroom and with the students I teach. We have certainly come a long way - remember these ...
... olives, salads and large, round, pita style bread. We went into the kitchen and looked into the six, large tubs of food and pointed to what we wanted. It was quick and simple and very reasonably priced.
The last checkpoint was more thorough, with the police looking at our ID and passports - this was the boundary entering Erbil. The senior officer was diligent, serious but friendly, curious, willing to experiment with his English and show surprise at the diversity of foreigners in the ...
... information office anywhere we pretty much had to negotiate everything though the hotel and have them translate to a taxi driver who would then drive us 350km through the countryside.
We left at 6am for Duhok, but not with the taxi driver we had arranged everything with, no idea where he was. I think no one explained to our new driver what the plan was and I also think he never left Erbil in his life nor does he understand what tourism is. Adding that ...