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    is it one of those countries where you only get talk to the men ,all the women either hidden or silent ?

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    View from Hotel across lake Dukan 120 us a night. I was only guest there.....


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    Selling pigeons in Suleymaniya


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    Shoeshine boys in Erbil - 70c a pair - they give you flip flops to wear in the cafe opposite whilst you drink tea


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    Early morning tea in Erbil (500 dinars = 40c) - the shoeshine boys work the cafes here


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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    is it one of those countries where you only get talk to the men ,all the women either hidden or silent ?
    Yes. But that doesn't mean they're all gay, Blue.

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    Nice pics, but no women in any of them...thought there would be at least a few outside.

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    Divert valve at base of dam open.


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    You see women in shops - but never sat down drinking tea or travelling alone. Difficult to take pics of them too.

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    Here's one Holly! I cycled past their ramshackle petrol station about 40kms from Erbil and they invited me in for tea. Then brought me food out.


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    Lunch


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    Road from Erbil heading east. Was getting pretty knackered by this point and weather closing in.


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    Thanks for that. Was the food good?

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    park in Erbil


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    Great stuff. Keep the pics coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGoodhead View Post
    Thanks for that. Was the food good?
    Baked beans and rice. My favorite . Wherever I traveled people were without exception hospitable and generous. I was rarely able to pay for tea, juices etc at cafes.....

    These people just invited me in off the street. They don't get many tourists.

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    Is that 3 ltr bottle of white lightning 8% 'cider' ,to the ladies right ?

    Is that a real sofa behind them , or some Tromp l'Oeil style mural , painted on the wall ? hence the need to sit on the floor

    How was the accommodation on the road ,did you spend any nights sleeping under the stars ?

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    Note the cool cycling gear. It was a real bugger seeing where to go with that bag over my head too.


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    This was as basic as it got. I was invited to stay in the sports club dorm. Home of the Iraqi Triathlete Team. Had a ride with two of them and swim in the lake the next day.


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