Iraq Travel Stories, Page 31

HOTEL OR CITY JUMPING STRATEGY

I want to go to Mosul. I can get there easily. I would like to go to SULAMANIYEH where this is a war crimes museum. I got this off the Baghdad Bulletin

Saddam Torture Museum



I am trying to be sure to get the right city.

Sulamaniyeh I think is in the Kurdish part close to the Iran border. The road between Abil and Sulamaniyeh is suppose to be great.



But my route as planned now is:

Mosul

Arbil or Irbil according to how you spell it.

Sulamaniyeh

Baghdad



BUT... I do not jump cities. I jump from Hotel to Hotel.

The soldiers have all the rooms filled and finding telephone numbers for Hotels in these cities so far is difficult. I need to call to be sure there is a room, and if there is not. I keep going to the next city.


HOT AND TIRED

Little frustrated today. Tried to ask a commander a question. They came to my hotel twice in group of 5-8 people.

Now the Hotel owner probably thinks I am CIA.

Dohuk is extremely safe, but being that I am trying be "Under the Radar," these young bulls in a china shoppe are not helping. They have very little idea on how to approach another culture. The young privates are good, but some of commanders are acting like pain in the ass policeman that want you to kiss up.

I read him the riot act.



They need to take a lesson from Crime Stoppers or something on how to have people contact them.



This is not a problem and I have been in lots more dangerous places than Dohuk.


SITES TRYING TO GET ON MY TOP TEN LIST

I have found these sites becoming very helpful for a traveler like me.

They probably do not know I exist. But they are trying hard by being good sites to get in the top ten.

http://www.virtualtourist.com

http://www.countrywatch.com/

My Top Sites for 2003 - Announced Jan 1st of every year.

http://www.hobotraveler.com/toptravelwebsites.php

There is a lot of submissions below. Not real important now. They are always nominating themselves. hehehe


TELEPHONE AND INTERNET CRAP

Long story, but in the wind I got advice to carry or someone would give me a International Telephone card. That and about 25 cents US will get me a Tea here.



INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE CARDS

These are international. From the country you live in to an international location. They are advertising this. But crap. The have something called KallBack that sort of works in some countries.



MOST OF EUROPE NOW HAS MOBILE TELEPHONES

If you travel only in Europe. The mobile telephone is good. Covers better than USA coverage. I believe.



REST OF WORLD IS PRETTY MUCH LOTTERY OF WAYS TO CALL.

When there is a telephone center... Like Iraq, or Ecuador, etc. it is nice.

You go into a booth and they connect you.

Turkey had a few of these, but not real good. More for local calls.

The Mobile phone was dominant.



Making a call is frustrating. But more correctly for me.

TOO EXPENSIVE

I travel for years. The normal cost of room for is between 2 and 8 dollars.

To make a phone call is to use a months worth of Hotel room.

It is the value of money. It is easy to want to conserve money when you travel. If you know that you can live for one more year by not making telephone calls.



INTERNATIONAL INTERNET ACCESS IS BULLSHIT ALSO.

Unless you are staying in the Hilton and money is not problem.



SATELLITE TELEPHONE IS ONLY TRUE SOLUTION.

I try to be test case for them, but so far no one has ask me to checkout their satellite telephone systems. hmm Free!




KIDS GOT A THING GOING ON

The kid around Dohuk are very friendly and talk a little English. But I think they know how to make an American Happy. They say,

"Bush Good,

Saddam Ali Baba."

It was the third child that has said something like this.


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ALL ALONE IN DOHUK IRAQ

I said to the guy at the reception desk.

"I am going to go chase women."

He thought that was funny. He knows that is impossible. But he is so serious. Trying to give him a lighten up pill.

The Soldiers need to do this also. The are young and look like they do not have much fun. Sort of like this,

"No bars, no disco, no party?"

I think they are outside their culture and no one has taught them how to meet the locals and assimilate. Give me a week. I will teach some tricks of the trade.


WHAT IRAQ IS LIKE SO FAR?

The internet is like Peru. Very good.

They are just about as personal as Belgium. (On the too smart side)

They are sort of like the French I have met traveling. Cold at first then warm up good.

Honest like Thailand. (Thailand wil nick you but will not rob you.)

Level of modern - Brazil. (Very)

This place is very advanced and they have not idea what poor is.

I am not worried about this country so far. Just keep all that money out of one person hands. But I have only been in Dohuk.