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  • At the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad There is a giant Ishtar Gate at the entrance to the Babylon Hotel in Baghdad. The original was built by King Nebukhadnezzar around 575 BC in ancient Babylon. Posted by LuxuryRogue in Gentleman Adventurer | Nov 20, 2018
  • Bordering a WarzoneWhile the Kurdish armed forces – the Peshmenga – had placed themselves firmly between my destinations and the unruly, Islamist-controlled territory of northern Arab Iraq I was not completely spared the daily life of conflict – neither in my surroundings Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Jul 5, 2014
  • Kurdish HomestayLooking for the supposedly only hotel in the small Iraqi town of Koya a car suddenly pulls up alongside me and holds to a stop. “How are you?” the young guy behind the wheel seems happy to see me. Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Jul 3, 2014
  • Why would anyone travel to Iraq?Forget the usual explanations that travellers normally give when they are heading into harm’s way: “The media exaggerate the situation“ or “it’s a domestic conflict, they don’t care about foreigners” or [i]“most locals will rather help you t Posted by askgudmundsen in Asia Less Travelled | Jun 25, 2014
  • Kurdistan…After crossing the Georgian border from Turkey thanks to some errant hitchhiking I got spectacularly lost and ended up walking up a mountain pass for 3hrs in the snow before I got saved by the unlikely figure of an English Posted by carlswall in 2wyvernsonmychest | Oct 20, 2011
  • On this day in historyI have had a little time on my hands lately so thought I would start off todays post with a brief lesson. After conducting a quick Google search (how did we ever do things before this?? I seem to recall Posted by Dangermouse in Tales From The Wilderness | Dec 18, 2011
  • Nut Diplomacy===Friday 18-12-64 and Saturday 19-12-64 === We finally got a truck for Amman in the afternoon, though the driver seemed none too happy about it and none too friendly either. Apparently all the drivers thought we were British and the British Posted by Ozac in Shoestring Road | Apr 30, 2011
  • Iraq and East TurkeyDrove the very dangerous road from Van via Hakkari to Cizre. Feels like a war zone with fighter jets, helicopter gunships, military check points, nervous soldiers. Was happy to reach the relative safety of Northern Iraq, Kurdish Autonomous Region, enterin Posted by LuxuryRogue in Gentleman Adventurer | Sep 20, 2010
  • Back into Turkey (again!)Early start for the border. It transpired to be a pretty efficient affair with a prompt departure from Zakho, a lone taxi transfer to the Iraqi side of the border (known as Ibrahim Khalil), and after getting my stamp, straight Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 30, 2006
  • Back in ArbilI just wanted to get back to Dohuk pronto but taxis took forever to fill up in this town. Everyone takes the Coaster but going via Bashiqa it was too dodgy a proposition for me, especially after my recent experience. Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 28, 2006
  • Kirkuk to ArbilI kept a suitably low profile that morning until it was time to don my body armour and goggles, and after an enigmatic farewell to Andrea I was sat in the lead jeep of a 3 car convoy back to Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 27, 2006
  • KirkukNext morning another guy was brought in and beaten up in front of me, idle cops didnt bat an eyelid, it was obviously just par for the course, justice Iraqi style. Bashkale, an interesting site in Turkey I recognised was Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 26, 2006
  • Arbil to Sulimaniye (at least that was the plan!)Felafel for brekkie was a nice change. Heading for Sulimaniye, again the bus was quicker to fill up than the adjacent taxis and I reckoned that the Coaster might also afford a little more protection and anonymity. It was a Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 25, 2006
  • Arrested in KirkukWith no common language to explain anything beyond my desire to go to Sulimaniye, I was determined I wasnt leaving the bus, I didnt have any assurance who these guys were despite what their badges said. I clutched onto the Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 25, 2006
  • Still in ArbilIt was farewell to Ishmael this morning since he had been invited to stay with his family, and now more streetwise, I was moving to another cheaper grungier joint by the bazaar, right opposite the Citadel entrance. The first dodgy Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 24, 2006
  • ArbilNext morning I headed out in search of the Mudhafaria Minaret, also described as the Choly Minaret, tucked away in the corner of a park which looked like they had blown the national budget on. Partially collapsed, it was difficult Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 23, 2006
  • Diyana to ArbilI'd hoped to do a short day trip out East from Diyana but there was no transport to be shared and I didnt fancy shelling out just for the sake of it. You can however take a Coaster from here Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 22, 2006
  • Sheladize to DiyanaNext morning, Khater sorted me out with a taxi, whereupon I had agreed 13,000 to Barzan only for it to be mystifyingly turned into 15,000 all the way to Diyana, 3 times the distance. Of course I had had to Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 21, 2006
  • Dohuk to Amadiya (and beyond!)Transport was a problem is this nick of the woods. The minibuses known locally as Coasters only ran on the major routes and share taxis were slow to fill up such was the price of fuel, consequently they were thin Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 20, 2006
  • DohukIt was Anthony who had given me the background information and reassurance necessary to visit Iraqi Kurdistan and next day he excelled himself by helping me out with my visa application. Having no international representation, the Kurdistan Autonomous Reg Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 19, 2006
  • Zakho to DohukMy first move in Iraq was an unusual one. I had been putting off having a haircut for quite some time and just felt it couldnt wait any longer. So after entering one barber to find everybody too busy watching Posted by andyhay in Asia Overland 2006-2008 | Nov 18, 2006

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