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Soldiers on the Iraq Turkey Border

When we passed through this border checkpoint just north of Mosul, Iraq, I waved out the window of our taxi at these kids taking a smoke break. I think they were shocked to see us. They came over to chat so I had to put my camera away lest I be breaking any rules by Read the Rest…

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Crossing the Iran-Iraq Border II: At the Border

Euphorbia, tenacious and growing recklessly on the lower reaches of the steep hillsides by the side of the road, leaves glaring green in this dry, mountainous desert heat. Allium, like over-sized purple dandelion seed-heads, a border of color looking completely out of place in this forbidding landscape. Nothing left in shorn fields of recently cut Read the Rest…

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Crossing The Iran – Iraq Border: Leaving Sanandaj

It was almost 11pm at night when Murph and I left the tiny ticket office on the main street in Sanandaj, Iraq. We walked back out into a throng of people still bustling about doing their shopping in the warm evening. (These things are related by the way, in Iran in July it’s so ferociously Read the Rest…

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Bobby Sands St Tehran

“There’s a Bobby Sands St in Tehran”, Murph said as we walked towards the metro station. “No way!” “Yep. They renamed Winston Churchill Ave to Bobby Sands St”. How is it that my husband, who rarely cracks open a guidebook can find such a cartographical gem?

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Women in Tehran

“And she too?” The taxi-driver chatting to Murph in the front of the cab barely inclined his head towards me, headscarfed and in the back with the kids. They continued their conversation about where we were from and where we lived. I seethed, the knot at the pit of my stomach curling ever tighter. Was Read the Rest…

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Bukhara Uzbekistan

Genghis Khan sacked Bukhara Uzbekistan in 1220AD. The story goes that he chastised the citizens of the city saying, “If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me”. Whether he actually said this or not, you have to agree that it’s a great plundering conqueror line. But, even Read the Rest…

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What Does A Travelling Mom Look Like in Iran

“Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me!” We spent my most recent 25-yet-again birthday in Esfahan last week. Murph reckons that this is the 20th birthday I’ve spent with him – how’s that for making a body feel old!! No matter, his observation prompted a conversation that lasted all day where we tried (and Read the Rest…

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Khiva Uzbekistan

There’s little to do in the old center of Khiva, Uzbekistan except sit and admire the view. The dusty sand-colored buildings are ornately tiled in blues and greens. The minarets stand like lighthouses in the desert over an old town, frozen in time, and a new town sprawling out around the 17th-century walls.

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Community Based Tourism in Kyrgyzstan

I read about CBT Kyrgyzstan in my initial research on Kyrgyzstan. I filed it away as “Hmm, maybe, not sure it will work for us”. By the time we got to Western China, nine months into our trip, the idea of spending a few days with a driver and staying in homes with all meals Read the Rest…

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Osh Kyrgyzstan

I should have read the itinerary provided by CBT Kyrgyzstan more carefully. How could I have thought that a guided tour of Osh would be a good idea after six hours in the car? All we needed was a lazy walk to stretch our legs. The kids nearly flipped when they heard that we were Read the Rest…

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