BIG Photos of business cards.
I am used to being in places that want to rob me.
So far.. Only Dohuk, but so far very safe from crime.
Dohuk is probably safe for the seasoned traveler... Not tourist.
I got some really great and wonderfully appreciative emails from the families of Soldiers from Alabama. It made my day. I made some people happy.
Thank you. I just be hobo.
I have BBC on my TV. I cannot find CNN. I have CNN Turk.
But the TV has become so bad... or a rag.
2 PEOPLE HAVE SAID THE SAME THING
They want news of USA in Arabic.
The do not hear what is going on in outside world.
THEY DO HAVE BBC SO THIS IS NOT TRUE.
I speak Spanish. Watching Television is very difficult.
They speak in inference, jokes, and satire.
That is very difficult to understand in a foreign language.
So here you are some Arab.
They show a protest in the USA.
They think the whole USA was against the war.
I hold BBC and CNN liable for causing lots of the social problems of the whole world. They are not Journalist. They are people trying to cause arguments between countries.
A man tonight told me,
"We watched the news. No one in the USA supported the War.
This was all Bush"....aagh.
I need to get out my duck tape like Glenn Beck.
So my head does not explode.
I came here to see if BBC and CNN are really liars.
So far they are. The people or Iraq like Americans.
Yes some are angry. But so would you be if your father or son was killed by a bomb. Right or wrong. You are not happy.
A man in my hotel said,
"You are safe in Iraq. You are a civilian."
Same as a guy from Germany acting like they will not mistaken him for an American.
Killing is not a real logical thing.
I remember asking a girl in Colombia if the bus was ok?
"I made it."
Duh... I can run in front of a machine gun and some people will make it.
Tell me the pros and the cons.
I had a business man from Baghdad recommend and write down the name of a good hotel in Mosul tonight. 20 dollar per night.
It all in Arabic letters so I cannot read it.
All of the writing in Kurdistan seems to be done in Arabic letters. They have lots of English, but most people seem to write in Arabic.
This is a very large hotel with lots of Soldiers.
So I am giving the telephone number I found.
The Jiyan Hotel in Dohuk, Iraq (Kurdistan)
A hotel for rest and relaxation. Swimming pool.
Air. Color TV. etc. 200 channels.
I live in the Babylon because all the Soldier have the good rooms.
My hotel is supposed to be a 4 star.
I think it is a 2 star. But I have 200 channels and color tv and air.
But my air does not work so good.
Breakfast seems to be included. Sort of like Brazil.
I would think they have more than me.
But I have only Iraqi people in my hotel so I get to sit around and shoot the bull with the locals.
I am about 9 hours ahead of the central part of they USA.
So when it is 8:00 in the morning in the USA.
It is 5:00 in the afternoon here.
I am going to make a page soon with address and such. But here are some photos. Good as an address to a taxi driver that does not speak your language.