Iraq Travel Stories, Page 37

BAT CAVE

Hello,

I am trying to plan a trip to Iraq. It is hard to concentrate. The owner of the Hotel wants me to go to the city of "Batman" to see a cave. I say Batman, he says, "Baatmaan." I think we are not talking the same language.


BATMAN

Did you know?

There is a city called Batman in Turkey.

Wonder if he lives there?

Look for Batman on Turkey / Iraq Border


WHERE IS THE WORLD? UN - Business People? Etc

I saw my first UN (United Nations) vehicle today. I was lucky. I was playing with my new camcorder and when I turned it on from the balcony of the Hotel. There it was.

But... It is my first in about 5 days.

I was thinking that this city. Silopi. Would be full of NGO's (Non Govermental Orgainizations) entering Iraq to help provide food and aid. One UN truck.



SILOPI IS EASY ROUTE FROM EUROPE.

Entering Syria would be the crazy way to haul food and aid to Iraq.

There does not seem to be any aid. No business people.

A few Iraq people leaving. But there does not seem to be Iraq people entering to live.

This is strange to me.

Not even some French or Germans going in to retrieve some of their weapons... hehehe.

I was expecting this place to be full of "Tree Huggers" and "Save the World" Hippie chicks.

Just me and a bunch of Engineers or people to do wth the trucking of Petro in and out of the country.



BOREDOM

I have been to the local restaruant 5 days in a row.

All men and no women.

You have to get married in this country.

That is the only way to talk with women... hehehe.

But I am having a good time. The Kurdish people are some of the funnest and warmest people I have ever met in my 6 years of travels.


LOVELY ROAD RECOMMENDATION IN IRAQ

This was a recommended path to take south from Turkey to the heart of Iraq.

"it's the back road between Irbil and Sulumanya... very up and down,

with a couple of large hills, but lovely. A place behind Sulumanya called

Ahmed something is also meant to be pleasant."

I now have 2 friends writing from Baghdad.


BUYING DOLLARS

Went to the Automatic Bank Machine or ATM in USA lingo and took out Lira.

I can purchase 300 Dollars USA for 430,000,000 Lira. Yesterday the price was 420,000,000.

Dollar are the currency of choice. To be safe. I always need some dollars.

I was crossing the border in Central American one time. They would not take the money from the country I was leaving, and would not take the money of the country I was entering.

I need Dollars for Iraq.


TIGRES RIVER ALONG THE EDGE OF SYRIA AND TO IRAQ

Chris sent a link to a very good map of the area where I am located.

I am in a city between Cizre and Zakhe. See how the spelling constantly changes with the word. Zaho.

I passed the Tigres River while on the bus. The driver kept pointing and saying,

"Suriye," he did not say Syria.

There is a tri-angle of the three countries.

Map - Bottom of Turkey, Top of Iraq

Map shows the rivers and mountains.


WMD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

I was talking with the man from Baghdad. He has a PHD in Mechanical Engineering.,

I asked,

"Does Iraq have Weapons of Mass Destruction?"

He said,

"After the first war most were destoyed.

But Saddam wanted them and was trying.

But you have stopped the Weapon of Mass Destruction."

I said,

"What?"

He said,

"Saddam is the Weapon of Mass Destruction,

It is the person that wants and controls that is the problem."


MAP UNDER MY CONTROL

I have posted a map that I can sketch on and explain.

This is the page.

I go to Dohuk in the Kurdish area tommorrow.

Saturday.

Dohuk is just 80 or so miles into Turkey.

http://www.hobotraveler.com/iraqmap.htm



I am tying to give you a map with rivers.

The rivers and mountains are natural boundaries between cities and countries.

Plus there is often a major transition in cultures.

Cultures can change dramatically over a mountain.