Iraq Travel Stories, Page 20

MY REASONS FOR TRAVEL

I talked with two Americans today. JJ a 24 year old backpacker who wants to learn about Iraq for good reason.



I also talked with an older gentleman that works for A.I.D.

He is taking a bus tour of Iraq. Came from Basra in the very south and simple said,

"You found out it is not as dangerous as the television portrays."

The way I understand it, he just got on a bus and started touring the country.



I just hang around in cities and go do something when the urge strikes.

Most people have an idea of what they are doing, and why.

I am never sure why I do something.


USA TELEPHONE DIRECTORY FOR IRAQ PEOPLE

Iraq people have the freedom not to find their relatives that escaped to the USA and other places.

They are trying to find the telephone number.

Here is a link to help them find their families telephone number in the USA

http://www.whitepages.com/person


PHOTO OF "TELL" IN ERBIL


LONG TERM THOUGHTS - Amman - Paris - India

This culture is a little boring and very modern for my taste.

I am usually in the more remote type countries. Other than

the heavy Moslem culure it is pretty developed.



What is not developed it there riddance of class system

and a prevalent clannish attitude on religions.

This can be very dangerous when a person is defined the first

minute by their religion. This is not tolerance and open mindness.

Not asking the question is tolerance. They want to know for a reason.



So their buildings and roads are pretty highly developed. (Includes Mosul)

Their traditions, religion, and culture are more underdeveloped.



I am thinking of going for Amman, Jordan and flying to Paris.

Then to India, then to Tibet.

I would really like to know if the flights from Amman are cheap.

Istanbul is very very cheap to anywhere.


MY BIGGEST GOAL IS ACCOMPLISHED

I wanted to find out what the Iraq people thought of the USA.

Mosul is in Saddam territory. I spent my whole time with Arabs.

The Kurdish and the Arabs like the USA. The do not like Saddam.

I have met a enough people from Bahdad to know that they are

pretty much the same.



This war stopped their paycheck. 40 percent were in the Army.

The electricity was already bad. It is bad here in Arbil and they

did not even get bombed. I am going to write a newsletter on

this issue. The USA will be in big trouble if they fix the electricity.

They could riot if this is not handled correctly.


SULAMANIA TOMMORROW - THEY TELL ME TO GO ALL THE TIME

I am off again to Sulamania. I believe it is four hours away.

This is the place to be by the in crowd of Iraq.

Everyone recommends I go.

That means... I really am not looking forward to it.

I like the out of the way place. Maybe Kirkuk.

Suppose to be hot and dusty, and possibly dangerous. Sounds more interesting.


JJ ARRIVED

Nice to see another person that speaks English as their native language.



Borra with a Mexico RRR is wanting me to go to a party tonight.

I don't know. He is the guy that works at the reception desk of the hotel.


SOLDIER PHOTOS

http://www.hobotraveler.com/120arbil07_2.shtml