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The Father: Truth Teller, The Mother: Aya granny, Daughter 1: Najma, Daughter 2: HNK.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

A trip to the north of Iraq

At the last weekend (we have two days break friday and Saturday each week), we make a trip tio the north. We was aiming Duhok, but the way to there is very crouded, we took another way which pass through Al-Sheikhan and then through a very beautiful road penetrating a mountainous area we reach Zaweta, a beautiful resort to the north of Duhok. Al-Sheikhan, the nearest Kurdish city to Mosul is about 37 km away from Mosul, previously I thought it is about 50 km, but this time I measure the distance with the car distance gage, it read 37 km to the border of the city. From there to Zaweta it is about 55 km avery wonderful road, well paved, and relatively uncrowded.
After spending little time at Zaweta we went to Duhok looking for A hotel, we found a good Motel, two rooms well furnished, a bathroom and a car barking. it cost $35/night. including the breakfast. Very cheap ! isn't it?
We took our lunch in our way from Zaweta, the food was great, very delicious, the amount served were too difficult to be finished by an ordinary people, they packed the remaining food to us so we can take it a way.

At the evening we went to a famous Super market called Mazi, we shopped and take our dinner there. It keep opened to late hour at night.

The night at Duhok is cool, we spend the night without airconditionning or even a fan. BTW the electricity is continuous day and night.

The most astonishing thing that we didn't see any American soldier or any American car, durin those two day we were in Duhok.

The people there were very polite and friendly. We feel as if we were in our home.
That give an impression that no one can break the ancient bond that tight the Kurds and Arab as brothers in a unified country called Iraq.


Blogger Ayoye said...

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10/02/2005 03:32:00 PM

Blogger Bill said...

Nice story..thank you for sharing ur weekend trip.

i think $35/night is very reasonable & breakfast also? yep

take care

10/04/2005 10:27:00 AM

Blogger TallDave said...

Great story, thanks for sharing.

10/04/2005 12:38:00 PM

Blogger Janice said...

The only ones that want America to stay are traitors and collaborators.

Kurds, Assyrians, Arabs etc etc who are citizens of Iraq are Iraqi before anything else.

Like in Australia there are many ethnic groups but we are all Australian.

10/06/2005 06:43:00 AM

Blogger waldschrat said...

TT -
I'm glad you got a chance to get away for a nice weekend holiday! It's good to hear that there are some relatively peaceful places in Iraq.

10/07/2005 02:26:00 AM

Blogger PubliusK said...

Hello. I am a 38 year American man with a wife and a son and daughter. I was introduced to your family and your blogs while reading the blog of an American soldier serving in your country. I do not agree with much at all that my President does in our country's name and this occupation of your country is of course our biggest shame. I love my country and would not want to live anywhere else. I have faith that we will find a way and soon to begin to bring our sons and daughters back home so that your sons and daughters can live their lives peacefully and without fear and we can begin to find some way to repair the damage done to all of us.

What a powerful tool the internet is that those of us who make the effort can reach out and see a little of the real effect of this 'war'. I thank you for sharing what you do and I hope that you do not endanger yourselves by doing so. I will continue to pray for the best and to let others know how to hear your stories as well. Getting to know you personally, even on such a small scale as this, cannot help but stop this horror.

Take care and please keep writing.

10/10/2005 02:17:00 PM

Blogger nope said...


I'm sorry for being intrusive in to your blog. But I am Melissa and I am a mother of two that is just trying to get out of an incredible financial debt. See my hubby is away in Iraq trying to protect this great country that we live in, and I am at home with our two kids telling bill collectors please be patiant. When my husband returns from war we will beable to catch up on our payments. We have already had are 2001 Ford repossessed from the bank, and are now down to a 83 buick that is rusted from front to back and the heater don't work, and tire tax is due in November.

I'm not asking for your pitty because we got our ownselfs into this mess but we would love you and thank you in our prayers if you would just keep this link on your blog for others to view.

God Bless You.

Melissa K. W.
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10/11/2005 10:22:00 PM

Blogger Sndibaad said...

Nice post and happy that you enjoyed your weekend in Dohuk, and actualy your post contradicts what many other arabs says that kurds in dohuk treats them badly.

I left Dohuk many years a go and happy that it is still safe and sound as I left it, my family still live in Mosul and they have decided to flee to Dohuk as the situation - they say is unbearable for kurds.

It looks that this world is getting stranger and stranger, however and back to your story and they way you described the road from shikhan to Zaweeta it touched me personnaly as I can just close my eyes and recall each and every pump on that road, every tree on the road side evry turn and up and downs

I remmber 4 years ago when I visited Dohuk there was a very good resturant near Mazi,Yet I dont recall its name but the kabab was just something that I still dream about, you should try that resturant next time

Salam for now


10/19/2005 07:10:00 AM

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Blogger mario said...

I am sure you have heard the song "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club but have you ever given much thought to its meaning? While on Earth, you are living in a world of reincarnation which is governed by the law of karma. Karma begins to propel you as Soul on a personal journey through the universe. Karma ends when you have reached enlightenment and fully realise that this physical reality and the Universe itself is just an illusion. When you reach a state of knowingness that there is but One all pervading essence and that essence or consciousness is You!
So what is Karma and how does it work? While in the illusion you have a soul. This soul lives past, present, and future lives. To grow in love, joy, and awareness, you reincarnate into a series of physical bodies to experience different existences. This road leads to the experiences of being both sexes, all races, religions, and ethnic types throughout many lifetimes.
Karma in its simplicist terms can be described by the biblical statement "as you sow, so also shall you reap". Karma is the principle of cause and effect, action and reaction, total cosmic justice and personal responsibility. It brings 'good' experiences as well as 'bad' - a debt must be repaid and a blessing rewarded.

A more indepth esoteric look at karma gives us the following distinctions: Sanchita Karma: the accumulated result of all your actions from all your past lifetimes. This is your total cosmic debt. Every moment of every day either you are adding to it or you are reducing this cosmic debt. Prarabdha Karma: the portion of your "sanchita" karma being worked on in the present life. If you work down your agreed upon debt in this lifetime, then more past debts surface to be worked on. Agami Karma: the portion of actions in the present life that add to your "sanchita" karma. If you fail to work off your debt, then more debts are added to "sanchita" karma and are sent to future lives. Kriyamana Karma: daily, instant karma created in this life that is worked off immediately. These are debts that are created and worked off - ie. you do wrong, you get caught and you spend time in jail.
As a soul, you experience a constant cycle of births and deaths with a series of bodies for the purpose of experiencing this illusionary world gaining spiritual insights into your own true nature until the totality of all experiences show you Who you really are - the I AM! Until you have learned, you will find that pretending that the rules of karma do not exist or trying to escape the consequences of your actions is futile.
Although it may often "feel" like punishment, the purpose of karma is to teach not to punish. Often the way we learn is to endure the same type of suffering that we have inflicted on others and also rexperience circumstances until we learn to change our thinking and attitudes.

We are all here to learn lessons as spiritual beings in human form. These lessons are designed to help us grow into greater levels of love, joy, and awareness. They teach us our true nature of love. Where we do not choose love, show forgiveness, teach tolerance, or display compassion, karma intervenes to put us back on the path of these lessons. Quite simply, the only way to achieve a state of karmic balance is to be love.
Before you incarnated into your present personality, you agreed to put yourself in the path of all that is you need to learn. Once you got here, you agreed to forget this. Karma is impersonal and has the same effect for everyone. It is completely fair in its workings and it is predictable - "do onto others as you would have them do unto you" is a way to ensure peace and tranquillity in your own life as well as the lives of those you come into contact with. The law of karma is predictable - "as you sow, so shall you reap" what is done to you is the net result of what you have done to others!
Karma gives you the opportunity at every moment to become a better person than you are and to open up to the realization that you are the master of your own fate.

The goal of karma is to give you all the experiences that you need to evolve into greater levels of love, joy, awareness, and responsibility. Karma teaches that you are totally responsible for the circumstances of your life. They keep you on the straight and narrow until you have mastered your vehicle and can ride freely on your own. Once you understand that you are the master of your own circumstances and that everything you experience is a direct result of your past actions due to your thinking and emotional responses you can overcome its seeming negative effects by creating only 'good' karma.
Karma forces us to look beyond ourselves (oneness) so that we can see ourselves as we truly are Whole, Complete, at One with everything. Once we truly understand ourselves, we can see our divinity and our unity with all life.
Karma drives us to service. Love means service. Once you accept total responsibility for your life, you see yourself as a soul in service to God. Once you do, you become a fully realized being, allowing God to experience the illusion through you.
Belief in karma and an understanding of its workings will lead you to a life of bliss. Only your own deeds can hinder you. Until the time comes when we release ourselves from our own self-imposed shackles of limitation and fully understand who and what we are we will live under the mantle of karma. So until that day why not create some wonderful experiences for ourselves by "doing onto others, as we would have them do unto us". hypnosis

8/05/2006 07:53:00 AM


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