Iraq Travel Stories, Page 23

ENGLISH PROFESSORS ARE WRITING SOME ARTICLES FOR MY NEWSLETTER

The scholar from Mosul are suppose to be writing some articles
for me to publish. They will be in English.

When I return to Mosul, I will pick up and publish on web site.
The are wanting to invite the world to visit and somehow become
a sister city or have a cultural exchange with the USA.


CARLOS WANTS MORE PHOTOS

I keep send lots of links to my photos... What do you want?
I suppose you do not want to have to click.
I will try to include more integrated into the blog.
But here is a hint on links.
RIGHT CLICK ON THE LINK.
Then - CLICK ON - OPEN IN NEW WINDOW.
Come back to the blog while the photos are opening.


4 STAR HOTEL COMPLAINT

What does a star mean?

I am suppose to be in a 4 star hotel presently here in Erbil/ Arbil Iraq.
What does that mean?
This means that a Motel 6 is a 5 star hotel in my opinion.

If you know how they get these designations. Please email me the
information or links: hoboonntheroad@DELETETHISyahoo.com

I am in a nice hotel for the price. A/C TV.
But I believe fitted sheets should be standard and a few other things.
One of these days I will get all these ideas together and come up
with a good rating system. The always focus on the amenities and not
on the safety of my computer and money.


RICH IGNORANCE

I am surprised at the rich non-intellectual snobbery in people.
I met a Kurdish man that now lives in Canada.
He was disagreeing with all the policies of the USA.
Telling me to go to Sulamania. Sulamania must be the bright
spot in the country and everyone wants you to only see the good.
I told him my biggest problem is people are too friendly.
Hard to walk down the street.

I said,
"I like to hang around with the average man in the street."
He sees this as bad.
"Normal class system crap."
It is the 95 percent of the population that we are helping the most.
The rich 5 percent are losing their position and wealth.

But you would think anyone would stop reading and walk out
and ask a guy in the street here.

Note, what I do here is much more real than the Soldiers.
They probably only hear the complaints.
The are not beaten people, they are people with 20 years of needs.


DO NOT STAY TOO LONG - COULD BE DANGEROUS

I am not sure if I have said, or talked about the amount of time
one should visit a place. The normal tourist or traveler stays maybe
1-5 days in a location. This could be longer at resort locations like
a Cancun or such, but the normal touring destination is short.

If by chance you are touring a location like Iraq or a place where
the people are extremely different than your own culture. They will
sometime start rumors or they will become paranoid. They will gossip
and come up with possible scenarios for why you are there.

DO NOT OUTSTAY YOUR WELCOME
So for me, in Iraq I start to get a little nervous after the 5 day
period and know it is time to move to the next location. This puts
pressure on me, and I do not like this, but it cannot be avoided.
Staying too long also give the crazies time to get a good anger
going, and time to plan. But out of sight, and out of mind.

If you are actually wanting to investigate something. Then it
may be best to change the area, or the Hotel. I do the same for
lots of regular thing. Like where I go to internet, and eat.
I am not regular or routine. I mix it up.

Do not appear rich. The Jakarta Hotel bombing of the Marriot and a few
attacks on hotels in the Philippines in the past year have proven that being in an
expensive Hotel can be fatal. The anger in life is most often
just rich against poor. You way you are not rich. Trust me,
if you are from any western country, you are considered rich.
I like to ask them..?
"Do I have a dollar sign on my forehead?"
I fight and discuss the price a lot.
I want to be equal. An equal will ask about the price.
A person that thinks they are in anyway superior will not.
If you want to be generous, be so with old people beggars
or those with no legs or arms.


ATTACKS IN IRAQ - PLEASE STOP THE PATROLS

We are not occupiers and the people will not revolt.

The more time I stay in Iraq, the more time
I am sure that that the USA should pull back a lot
on the patrolling of the Iraq cities, and spend more time
building Air Force bases, and working on the electrify
for this country. If they remove themselves from being targets
there will be fewer attacks. The attacks will continue as long as they
have easy target. The patrols make this easy.

I do not see that patrols are necessary in Mosul or any
of Iraq. Looking for murderers is not the same as trying
to keep the peace. The people of Iraq will start helping
a little more if they know they need to point before we come
and we will not spend our time having the Soldiers being targets.

The USA does not need to keep down rebellion.
The people of Iraq complain about Electricity.
They do NOT complain about the Americans.
They complain about wanting the Americans to fix the electricity.

I have not met anyone that wants to attack the USA.
The attackers are paid terrorist. Probably from some hard line
Muslims that do not like their children watching music videos.


75 YEAR OLD MAN IN ARBIL

I met this man in Arbil, Iraq about two months after the heavy fighting, he did not like Sadaam.




WOMEN TRAVELERS - READER QUESTION

hey Andy,

You are more than welcome! Do you see any women travelers where you are or have been in Iraq. I am tempted, but hesitant for no real reason.

D



She sent a donation. That was the thanks.

Women!

I do not even see the local women. Well a little in the Kurdish areas.

In the Arabic areas no.

I saw on man that was writing a book on the Kurds. He was maybe Ex- Kurdish.

I saw one Brit and one American woman in the Ninewah.

But she was on the high end budget, and I do not think she was roaming around.

She was maybe working for an NGO.



Hard to see women when they are wearing looking like Casper the Ghost.

Here in Arbil there is some in Western clothes.

I think they are all Kurdish.