The Amazing Faces Of Kurdistan, Iraq

By |2021-04-14T21:56:27-05:00July 21st, 2016|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , |

The Amazing Faces Of Kurdistan, Iraq. Scanning the news on any given day, and it is natural to feel a bit apprehensive. Car bombings, kidnappings, beheadings. But once on the ground, your preconceptions are quickly washed away in a wave of hospitality and welcomes. For several days, I wandered the streets of Erbil, the regional capital [...]

Visiting The Axis Of Evil

By |2021-04-14T22:14:35-05:00June 5th, 2016|Categories: Advice, Africa, Asia, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , |

Visiting The Axis Of Evil.  Over the last 6 weeks I have visited 2/3 of the Axis of Evil, Iran and Iraq.  And I also traveled to Eritrea, which is sometimes referred to as the North Korea of Africa, which is the third member of the Axis.  George W. Bush, opined in his speech after 9/11 [...]

Top Things To Do In Erbil

By |2019-07-06T15:35:07-05:00May 22nd, 2016|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Top things to do in Erbil. Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, is not the first city that comes to mind when discussing potential vacation hot spots.    In fact, if you utilize Trip Advisor, you will note in “Things To Do” tops out at 21.  Paris has over 3000! Quite a difference.  So I think this should [...]

Erbil And Kurdistan Advice

By |2021-04-14T22:21:58-05:00May 21st, 2016|Categories: Advice, Asia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Erbil And Kurdistan Advice Safety Things can change at any moment in this region, but at the time of my visit in May of 2016, things were very safe.  This is despite the fact that the frontline is only 50 miles away in Mosul.  Before you visit check the latest updates with the US State Department [...]

Kurdish Hospitality – Erbil Iraq’s Mayor

By |2021-04-14T22:30:53-05:00May 19th, 2016|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kurdish Hospitality – Erbil, Iraq’s Mayor.  He popped out of his seat, with a wide grin.  His speed defied his age.  We had only met for a moment the day before, but he recognized me immediately.  But to be fair, I stick out in Erbil, Iraq.  As you might imagine, there are not many tourists here.  [...]

My 100th Country – Kurdistan Iraq

By |2021-04-12T16:11:58-05:00May 17th, 2016|Categories: Asia, Counting Countries 193 Countdown, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , |

“You like Donald Trump?” “No,” I embarrassedly responded in an awkward tone. “You like Clinton?” “Better than Trump,” I offered. “So Clinton is better than Trump?” “Trump is a stupid man.”  I was embarrassed by Trump’s broad anti-Muslim statements. “We are all brothers.  Muslim, Christian.  All brothers.” He smiled. I lightly touched my right hand to [...]

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