Tag Archives: Travel

To Muscat!

If you look at Oman on any map of the world, the capital city Muscat will generally appear as the most prominent, or the only city. But Muscat itself is actually a tiny village tucked into a tight area between … Continue reading

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Where is an Israeli passport stamp a dealbreaker?

It’s said that having an Israeli visa stamp in your passport will prevent you from travel anywhere else in the Middle East. Is this true? Sort of. A number of countries will prohibit you from entry if you visit Israel, … Continue reading

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A Joppolo for 21st Century Afghanistan

From Robert D. Kaplan’s groundbreaking piece, Supremacy by Stealth, written in 2003: When I asked Major Paul S. Warren, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the Army’s Special Operations Command, what serves as the model for a civil-affairs officer … Continue reading

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Just in case you thought Saudis lacked a sense of humor

I had a fun trip to Saudi Arabia, by which I mean that I enjoyed the opportunity to see a culture of a country that is entirely unique. The only women I saw were in the lobby of my hotel … Continue reading

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Tally Ho! Curzon is off to Saudi Arabia!

In a few hours I will be leaving to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The “KSA” is not the first place on my list of countries to visit, but I am delighted to visit a country deemed to be … Continue reading

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Guns, Go-Karts, Ewoks, and Tony Soprano: The Lighter Side of Kurdistan

It’s been two weeks since my trip to Kurdistan, and I’ve been unable to properly recount all the great stories from my trip. I have yet more to write, but in the meantime, I decided to throw together some fun … Continue reading

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DIY Plane Repair

During a private “fly-in” fishing excursion in the wilderness, a chartered pilot and fishermen left a cooler and bait in the plane. A bear smelled it and destroyed the plane. The pilot radioed in for 3 cases of duct tape … Continue reading

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Two weeks too late!

Presently, the major air carriers that fly into Iraq are: * Austrian Airlines, from Vienna to Erbil * Bahrain Air, from Bahrain to Baghdad * Gulf Air, from Bahrain to Erbil and Baghdad * Gryphon Airlines, from Kuwait to Baghdad, … Continue reading

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The Kalashnikov-wielding Caretaker of St. Joseph’s of Ainkawa

I am home safe and sound after a long weekend in Iraq. The trip was great, and I was amazed at how safe, secure, and accessible northern Iraq is (although I did spend twenty minutes in the only expat bar … Continue reading

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Tally Ho! Curzon is off to Iraq!

I am delighted to be the second ComingAnarchy contributor to visit Iraq, and will fly into Erbil International Airport later today.

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