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Kurdish Iraq is prime grazing ground for sheep and goats.
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The real “Blue Angel” bike, and the author’s attempt at a unisex outfit.
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Choli Minaret in downtown Irbil, dating from about 1200 AD.
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Street vendors in downtown Irbil, viewed by the woman who inspired the indomitable Pat.
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Villagers near the Iran/Iraq border in traditional garb.

 

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The waterfall at Gully Ali Beg is visited by tourists from all over Iraq.
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In this village “hotel”, guests get a mattress on the floor and a heavy blanket used by way too many smokers — and use of a communal squat toilet. You can fit in as many sleepers as you want.

 

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Donkeys do well on the rough terrain in rural Iraq.
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Kurds love dressing up in colorful, sparkly clothes for a Nawroz picnic…
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… or just for a family Friday outing visiting friends.

 

 

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Kurds love to dance anywhere — even on the side of a busy highway.
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Irbil, capital of the Kurdish Autonomous Region, is a city of 1 million. Its old city (center) is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places on earth, dating to about 4,000 BC.
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Many Kurds have mountain homes, where they can retreat from the summer heat with their flocks and families.
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Maps were not available in 2010. This is the hand-made map used by the author during her road trips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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