I looked on the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) and checked to double sure about the CNN headline.
I NEVER trust CNN, or really the BBC. But I do not have much choice.
BBC story on sons death
IN FACT one reason I want to go to Iraq is because I am tired of the world news networks "Lying by inference"
They infer or refer the news, but do not state clearly anything.
They make is easier to mis-interpret something that to interpret correctly.
Send email to:
Put this in SUBJECT LINE and in the BODY OF EMAIL.
(The instructions from the goverment are way to complicated)
SUBSCRIBE DOSTRAVEL Joe A. Smith
Put your name there.
You will have a link sent to you and a very convoluted message and very confusing.
But if you CLICK on the link. I am 95 percent sure you will have the travel warnings sent to your email box.
The WOWO radio that helped me to get a media pass is supposed to call me today. I received an e-mail from Kevin and he said he was having trouble with the number. I am not sure what type of trouble. Maybe the Guest House answered in the Turkish language... hehehe Go figure.
But calling another country is always an adventure. In the USA we have area codes. Some countries have area codes and city codes, plus they change the rules from where they are calling. I recommend... In the USA. Screw it. Call an international operator and beg.
HoboTraveler.com COMMUNICATION help page
Look for the link that says... TEL COUNTRY CODES
Oh yes, Mom, they are to call at 8:35, but I am not sure.
That is a big maybe. The time difference is a problem. I have a laptop though, and I left it on the time in Indiana.
I am leaving Istanbul. I may go toward the Kudish part of Turkey and skip the beach. The country of Turkey is very big. It may take 3 days to get all the way to that end of the country. I will be going east from Istanbul by bus. Today I am going to go to the Syria embassy to get a visa for Syria. I hope it is easy, but embassies can be very difficlult. I heard from a Denmark man last night, who has a visa for Syria that you can get a multiple entry visa for 60 days. This will allow me to enter and leave Syria as many times as I want in a 60 days period. I could maybe enter Syria next to the Eurphates. (I think it is the Eurphrates... My maps suck) than go into Iraq for one month, leave on the lower part of Iraq to Syria and down through Jordan.
I may need to hurry up my schedule and get to the Turkey / Iraq border.
I received a CNN update email that said that Sadaams sons were killed in the city of Mosul.
This is in the north of Iraq, but I am going to check the map again.
Map from CIA
I had a PDF map that was good. But the internet cafe does not have Adobe to open it.
PDF files are only good in the USA, maybe...
Mosul is in the north. It looks like it on the Euphrates river that cuts from Turkey to Syria to Iraq.
Note: My email address has disconnected form the USA governments mailing list of warning.
I searched and searched for this on the site. I finally found it.
You can receive updates of travel condition around the world in your email box.
RECEIVE TRAVEL WARNING IN YOUR EMAIL BOX
I am reading a biography of Einstein. I have read 2 books now since leaving the USA. This to me is a cultural problem of the USA. I call it, but really copied from someone.... and call this "Human Doing." A person in the USA has to be doing something or there is something wrong with them. The men here sit around all day here playing backgammon and hawking customer to sell an occasional carpet.
It is very difficult to read a book about Einstein in the USA. At least for me.
It is interesting to read about his genious, and I suppose sounds better than the Clive Cussler book I just finished. But I like Clive. Sort of a cheap James Bond type book.
To me genious is being able to capture that great insight before it slips my mind.
I send out my newsletter today. Lots of strange photos and such.
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Istanbul Turkey - Culture Crash
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