This person wrote me below. I will reply with CAPS.
can I just say a big "THANKS" for the time, effort and money that you must be putting in just to keep the rest of us informed. I did actually try and sign up for your membership, but the final link wasn't working.
SORRY ABOUT THAT. I AM NOT SURE. MEMBER - NEWSLETTER - DONATION. I HAVE NOT GOT THIS BLOG SET UP TO BE SUBSCRIBE TO. ? I HAVE NOT TRIED.
I am curious about the actual border crossing between Silopi and Iraq. You write that it was easy, yet you also wrote that you were bounced back the first time. Why was it easier the second time? I have a British passport, a backpack and no press card. Is there anything you recommend that folks like me should or should not say and/or do?
THE FIRST BOUNCE WAS A LAUGH. I TOOK OUT MY CAMERA AND THEY SAID TO GO BACK. SECOND TIME I WAS IN TAXI AND THE GUY KNEW HE WOULD ONLY GET HIS MONEY IF I CROSSED.
DO NOT SAY YOU ARE PRESS OR MEDIA. HAVE A RESPECTABLE JOB AN BE TURIZM - THAT IS HOW THEY PRONOUNCE IT. SMILE A LOT - SHAKE HANDS AS IS THE CUSTOM - TALK TO EVERYONE BE NICE - YOU ARE AN AMBASSADOR AND A GUEST IN THEIR COUNTRY. GOOD MANNERS WILL OPEN ALL DOORS.
I HAVE A USA PASSPORT.
NAB A TAXI IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL HARBUR / AVOID ALL THE REALLY GOOD SPEAKING ENGLISH PEOPLE THAT WANT TO HELP - IT WILL COST YOU MONEY. THEY ARE VERY NICE - BUT...
Was your passport stamped when you left Turkey and when you entered Iraq?
I THINK IT WAS CHECKED. AT LEAST THE TURKEY OFFICIALS LOOKED AT IT A LOT. I HAVE SOME FORM OF PAPER TO ENTER IRAQ. UNLIMITED TIME I THINK. I DID NOT LOOK AT THAT CLOSE.
I read your blog almost every day. It isn't necessary to reply to me by e-mail. You can just post it on your blog if you want. That way, other people can read it too.
GOOD WAY TO THINK.
CHEERS... I AM TRYING TO PRACTICE MY BRITISH ENGLISH.
I OPENED A NEW BLOG TODAY ON JUST THE GUIDE STUFF.