DLA Deployment to Erbil Kurdistan 2017

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DLA Deployment to Erbil Kurdistan 2017
~1 min read ### A suprise deployment to Kurdistan to support the Special Ops forces in Syria.
Erbil, Kurdistan Deployment May Through December 2017. For those who didn't know, I was asked to deploy to Iraq/Kurdistan to be the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA's) liaison officer this past summer. I left home at the end of May 2017 and returned the beginning of December. After all my deployments with the Marine Corps, this deployment with the Army was very different and very satisfying. I spent much of my time coordinating the delivery of humanitarian aid supplies for the dislocated Syrians who were affected by the fighting against ISIS. The last project I worked on before leaving was to provide winter clothing for thousands of people who would otherwise have no way to protect themselves from the freezing temps in the mountains of Syria. The pictures you see here are a small sample of the things I got to experience during my time in Erbil Kurdistan.
The afternoon cloud show in El Paso was always pretty. Despite all the clouds, it never actually rained while I was there. That's probably a good thing since we walked everywhere. This is the view from the airplane as we came in for a landing in El Paso. Oddly enough, the view is similar to what I will be seeing when I land in Iraq. Fortunately, the tempertures will be a bit more tolerable during my time here. I included this picture because I thought it was a great idea! Rarely is there a place where you can set something down in a bathroom that isn't totally disgusting. By having the folder holder up high, there's a pretty decent chance that it hasn't been contaminated by the usual selection of nastiness in a men's room. Every afternoon, I would walk up to the exchange/commissary area. This is the view of the mountains surrounding El Paso as seen from the parking lot of the commissary. I left the parking lot in the photo so you could see how big this place is. Fort Bliss is huge and so are their amenities for the soldiers stationed there. Another shot from the parking lot area. The exchange at Fort Bliss has a lot of extra stores that you usually don't see on base. I was told there are about 25 different restaurants and eating places. After walking around, I would believe it. There's a Buffalo Wild Wings, a Texas Road House and several other sit-down type restaurants. I guess they want people to stay on base as much as possible. Either that or El Paso has little to offer. This is the view from the little benches outside our barracks at Fort Bliss. It was warm during the day, but not too bad once the sun started going down. So, sitting outside was one of the few enjoyable things to do. Yet another view of the mountains. With the cloud show every afternoon, the view was great. As we were wandering around the Texas desert learning about IEDs and how to avoid them, this C-17 lumbered by. While we were learning about all new ways they have come up with to make IEDs and how we defeat them, this guy showed up to join the class. I hope he was paying attention. Some of the new IEDs are pretty scary, but how we defeat them is also pretty ingenius. Would you believe that leaf blowers are extremely effective at uncovering them without disturbing them? After landing in Bangor Maine, I needed some air. We had been on the plane or otherwise cooped up for way too long. When I got outside, two things surprised me. The temperature was quite cool and crisp and this little Wren was just hanging out on the ground. He was pretty brave. As I got closer and closer, to get a picture, he just sat there. As it turns out, he was very brave. I leaned over with my hand out and he hopped right up on my hand. When I tried to put him down, I figured out he was probably a little tired too. He tried to fly back up to me, but didn't have enough oomph. This was a good way to spend my time waiting for the next flight. I guess I can't stop in Bangor without having a photo of the local clouds. Finally in the Middle East. This is the CHU or Containerized Housing Unit that I was given when I arrived at 2:30 AM on the 4th of June. It's pretty civilized living, with all the amenities like shower, bathroom, TV, Desk, Bed, and most importantly, a Good Air Conditioner. This is what a CHU neighborhood looks like. They're basically 20' containers stacked on top of each other. Once they make a row, they bolt on some stairs and you're ready to move in. I'm sitting on the runway in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait as I take this picture. The C-17s would be a good way to travel, but unfortunately, I am sitting on a C-130 instead. They get you there, but much slower than the C-17. Erbil, Iraq. I think this is the first photo this time in Iraq. We're walking back from the Chow Hall and our path goes right along the airport apron. The planes are CV-22s, not an MV-22. The MVs are the Marine version. These are the Air Force variety. You'll see the moon poking out in a lot of the photos I have here. The sun comes up at just before 5 AM and doesn't go down until about 8 PM. That means there's a bit of overlap with the moon. You'll see the moon poking out in a lot of the photos I have here. The sun comes up at just before 5 AM and doesn't go down until about 8 PM. That means there's a bit of overlap with the moon. This is my lame attempt to take a night picture with my iPhone. It didn't come out the way I planned, but it is sort of a neat photo. A view of the new air terminal at Erbil International Airport (EIA)
I'm standing in the cargo yard, loading up a round of supplies for training up north. A view of the new air terminal at Erbil International Airport (EIA)
I'm standing in the cargo yard, loading up a round of supplies for training up north. I'm standing in the cargo yard, loading up a round of supplies for training up north.
As you can see, we're loading quite a bit. A large load for humanitarian aid could be as many as 40 trucks spread across several convoys. You can buy all sorts of things at the "general" store here on camp. While these bicycles won't win any races, they will get you where you want to go. Every time I look out across Erbil, I feel like I'm standing outside the Oakland California airport. The skyline and feel are very similar. Although there is a lot of room here, there are even more supplies sitting around, waiting for movement to their destinations. A night shot of the Erbil International Airport Every night, we walk past the Ospreys. They really are cool aircraft. An Osprey and the city of Erbil My wall locker for the next several months My wall locker for the next several months The accommodations here are pretty decent. They're better than any of the other places I stayed as a Marine.
The little green loops on the left are what I used to hold my iPad when watching a movie or something. Smarties!!!
Even in the middle of nowhere, you can still get some good snacks. A couple of the patches you can get at the local gift shop. We have lots of rental cars here in Erbil. It seems like every Specialist on up through the ranks has a vehicle. Everyone except me, that is. We have lots of rental cars here in Erbil. It seems like every Specialist on up through the ranks has a vehicle. Everyone except me, that is. A view of Erbil A view of Erbil A view of Erbil The area where our base is set up is just outside of the main city of Erbil. Like most big cities, there are a bunch of small towns jammed together and the whole area is referred to as "Erbil." It's quite built up. It's just hard to tell that from here. I took this picture because it is rare to see an Osprey with its rotors in the forward facing position while sitting on the ground. If you look closely at the rotors, you'll see why. They can't spin without hitting the ground. What you're looking at is a floodlight cart. Ordinarily, you would hear a loud generator running, but not with this one. If you look closely, you'll see both solar panels and a wind turbine. This thing runs entirely on the power it gets while sitting there. Considering there are hundreds of these things lighting our base, they're saving a lot of time and money. Nobody needs to fill up their fuel tanks with expensive gas. The Erbil International Airport sculpture The Erbil International Airport sculpture A view of Erbil You can probably count the floors in the apartment buildings you see. These are pretty big buildings and there are lots of them. Erbil is a big, modern city. A view of Erbil A view of Erbil A view of Erbil. As you can see, it is a pretty modern city with a lot of skyscrapers This picture shows a bit of the central downtown area. There are quite a few very large buildings here. One of the things that I really like about being out here in the middle of nowhere, if you can really call it liking something about the desert, is the wide open spaces when planes take off. There's just something really cool about watching a plane take off with nothing around it. One of the things that I really like about being out here in the middle of nowhere, if you can really call it liking something about the desert, is the wide open spaces when planes take off. There's just something really cool about watching a plane take off with nothing around it. Even in the desert, people find ways to make it a little more comfortable and homey. I'm guessing these plants do very well in this environment. I suppose one of these days, I'll have to learn to identify the little flowers I take pictures of. This one is actually pretty small, but colorful. The sunsets here really are something to behold. And fortunately, sunset means that the temperature starts to fall a bit. Not much, but a little. More of the local aircraft sitting on the flight lines here. Thistles always seem to grow very well in shitty places. If I could show you all the ones growing here, it might be a good indicator of how shitty it is here. When you get up close to them, they're actually pretty. I wouldn't want to try to to pick one, but they are pretty. The wind out here in the field is pretty strong, so getting a clear shot of one was tough. I had to develop a bit of sway to mirror the wind. This Osprey is getting a bit of work done on the engines. I'm waiting for a chance to get a photo of the whole wing stowed along the center-line of the plane. The helicopter noise here is incessant. They take off at all times of the day and night. Fortunately, my living space is right up against the flightline, so I get to hear most of them. Just a neat photo of the Ospreys lined up. While these porta-jons are about cleanest I have ever seen, they do have one unusual feature. They are made for sitters and squatters. Notice the foot outlines that are molded into the deck of the porta-jon. Fortunately, nobody who uses these outhouses is a squatter. I apologize for the view to the right, but this shows the footprints a bit better. This is what our dining facility looks like. This is the one called "coalition." I'm not sure why, but at least that name is better than what they call the other chow hall, "Danger!" I'm not sure eating at a place named Danger is a good idea, for a variety of reasons. These are the Middle Eastern versions of Coca Cola products. The cans are tall and narrow with only 330ml in them. I've taken lots of pictures of this sculpture from various angles and I still can't figure out what it is supposed to be. If I could get up to the base, it probably has a plaque that says what it is and why it is there… But it's probably in Arabic. The Erbil International Airport sculpture One thing I've noticed about all the diet drinks here is that they call them "Light" instead of diet. I'm guessing that is because diet is probably an American term for low calorie that nobody else will understand. Sprite Light anyone. This is actually pretty tasty. I don't know that I've had diet Sprite or Sprite Zero in the states, but this is pretty good. Hey! Tomorrow will be a little warmer than today. Looks like we're gonna be blessed with a little more sun. I included this just to show the range of temperatures for the next week. I'll show another one when we get a really good heat wave working. One of the things I really like about our forecast is that it says "Mostly Sunny." No Shit! At these temps, it isn't like it is going to be overcast and breezy." So far, it has only gotten above 116 once and that was only 117. Quick note though, 117 is one degree hotter than it was all summer last year. iPad Theater

This is how I set up my iPad to watch movies and other stuff. It actually works pretty well. Believe it or not, I can adjust the angle and get it just right iPad Theater 2

It's pretty functional. I can even plug in headphones too, since my wireless ones died about 3 weeks after I got here... Pieces of Crap! The Local Bazaar at Erbil International Airport. There's a coffee shop, a kabob place, a general store, electronics store, beauty parlor (I kid you not), and a bazaar that sells t-shirts and souvenier type stuff. The sunsets here in Erbil are always fantastic. Very few clouds, if any, and very colorful. Most importantly, it's beautiful because it means the heat is finally done for the day. The sunsets here in Erbil are always fantastic. Very few clouds, if any, and very colorful. Most importantly, it's beautiful because it means the heat is finally done for the day. The sunsets here in Erbil are always fantastic. Very few clouds, if any, and very colorful. Most importantly, it's beautiful because it means the heat is finally done for the day. The Erbil International Airport sculpture A view of Erbil. As you can see, it is a pretty modern city with a lot of skyscrapers Things that grow in the desert are tenacious. If you look closely, you'll see the thorns that cover this plant. By the way, they feel wonderful when you kick one while wearing flip flops on your way to the shower. Things that grow in the desert are tenacious. These things grow anywhere and everywhere. There's hardly enough dirt to hang on to and precious little water, but here they are. If you look closely, you'll see the thorns that cover this plant. By the way, they feel wonderful when you kick one while wearing flip flops on your way to the shower. A few of the aircraft sitting on the runway in Erbil A few of the aircraft sitting on the runway in Erbil The dust devils here are always fun. If you're not careful, you can get caught up in one. The result is that you look and feel like a sugar cookie with sand in places it definitely doesn't belong. Oh, and they're spinning from convection, so it's plenty warm inside these things. Oh good! It looks like we're going to be blessed with a little more heat. There are some helicopters around here that are very nice. This one is extremely quiet. I wonder who it belongs to. A typical weekly menu for our dining facility. What's for dinner tonight? As you can see, the food is pretty standard chow hall fare. It's not gourmet, but it isn't bad either. Why? Just Why? It is well over 110 degrees and there is no pool in sight. Why would you want to subject yourself to this. if you do your job, you naturally get a really good "Farmer John" tan. Most importantly, who's gonna see it? Most of these people are here at least as long as I am. 
I suspect brain damage!! And there it is. The new high this year. 117 is warm, trust me. Another nice warm week in Erbil Now this is what dinner looks like. This feast was at Dawa II in Erbil. And yes, it tastes as good as it looks!
This is a picture of the dinner table the night we went into town for dinner. As you can see, there was plenty to eat and all of it was delicious. Unfortunately, there was no way to eat it all. About the time we were about to finish a plate, they would bring us another. For the six of us, we paid $150. What a bargain! A view from just outside our dining facility. These walls are called "sniper walls." Sunsets here are just fantastic! Sunsets here are just fantastic! Erbil International Airport Sculpture
I looked at the base, but no plaque saying what this sculpture is. Erbil International Airport Sculpture
Some Say It Is A Torch Erbil International Airport Sculpture
Whatever It Is, It's Big! Erbil International Airport Sculpture
I'm standing directly below it and the thing is still a good 10 feet above my head Erbil International Airport A random boot I found while walking around the airport Erbil International Airport As the Kurds prepared for the Referendum vote, the main sculpture at Erbil International Airport is lit up with the colors of the Kurdish flag and the torch on top was burning away As the Kurds prepared for the Referendum vote, the sculpture here was all lit up and the torch on top was burning away Heading into the mall here in Erbil begins with a pass through metal detectors. A random display in the Family Mall, Erbil A random display in the Family Mall, Erbil The Family Mall in Erbil, Kurdistan A random display in the Family Mall, Erbil The Family Mall in Erbil, Kurdistan The Family Mall in Erbil, Kurdistan The Family Mall in Erbil, Kurdistan The Family Mall in Erbil, Kurdistan The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US. The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US. The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US. The Family Mall in Erbil, Kurdistan The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US.
This is a Huge Skylight. The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US.
This Skylight sits over a large atrium in the mall. The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US.
This is a Huge Skylight. The Family Mall in Erbil, Kurdistan The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US.
The skylight. Restaurants and butcher shops are a bit different here in Kurdistan Restaurants and butcher shops are a bit different here in Kurdistan Restaurants and butcher shops are a bit different here in Kurdistan The Family Mall in Erbil, Kurdistan The Family Mall in Erbil, Kurdistan Buy some soda, get a glass. Buy some soda, get a glass. Inside the Family Mall is a Carrefour store. It is similar to a Super Wal-Mart Inside the Family Mall is a Carrefour store. It is similar to a Super Wal-Mart These are candy bars made from all-natural ingredients These are candy bars made from all-natural ingredients Fresh fish in the Carrefour is very fresh Fresh fish in the Carrefour is very fresh Fresh fish in the Carrefour is very fresh All the bread you see in these photos comes from an oven like this All the bread you see in these photos comes from an oven like this This is the ceiling in the restaurant where we had a quick snack at the Family Mall This is the ceiling in the restaurant where we had a quick snack at the Family Mall The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US. The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US. The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US. The interior of the Family Mall is very nice and definitely different from what I'm used to in the US. 
The Skylight creates a nice ambiance as the sun goes down Now that's a serious hookah Another skylight over the food court in the Family Mall You spell Taxi your way, they'll do it theirs Traffic in Erbil is not too bad Samad restaurant family dining
Most of what you see is provided as "appetizers" similar to the chips and salsa you might find in a Mexican restaurant Samad restaurant family dining
There's a little bit of everything here. Samad restaurant family dining
That thing on the bottom is a piece of Naan bread. It is as big as it looks, about 18 inches in diameter. Samad restaurant family dining Samad restaurant family dining. These are lamb chops and absolutely delicious! Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Some of the things you see here are just a little off. Their English has its own idiosyncrasies. "Camery?" Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan
This area is also known as "Dream City." Do NOT take a right onto the Mosul highway. Erbil is only about 30 minutes from Mosul, but is definitely much safer than Mosul Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan. Also known as "Dream City." Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan. Also known as "Dream City." Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Now that is a piece of bread (Naan). For those spacially impaired, this thing is about 18 inches in diameter. The front entry to Samad restaurant. The food here is fantastic and a nice break from the dining facilities on base Now that is a piece of bread (Naan). For those spacially impaired, this thing is about 18 inches in diameter. Now that is a piece of bread (Naan). For those spacially impaired, this thing is about 18 inches in diameter. Now that is a piece of bread (Naan). For those spacially impaired, this thing is about 18 inches in diameter. LTC Paul McCullough seemed to enjoy his trip to Erbil, but I think he was exhausted when he headed back to Kuwait. Dinner at Samad was a real feast for all of us. LTC Paul McCullough seemed to enjoy his trip to Erbil, but I think he was exhausted when he headed back to Kuwait. Dinner at Samad was a real feast for all of us. LTC Paul McCullough seemed to enjoy his trip to Erbil, but I think he was exhausted when he headed back to Kuwait. Dinner at Samad was a real feast for all of us.
This was my dish, curry. Not as hot as I would have hoped, but delicious just the same. Gulan Road area of Erbil, Kurdistan. Also known as "Dream City." LTC Paul McCullough seemed to enjoy his trip to Erbil, but I think he was exhausted when he headed back to Kuwait. Dinner at Samad was a real feast for all of us. Lunch at "Classy" hotel in Ainkawa section of Erbil Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan
I don't know what this guy was selling, but he is all set up to do it. Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan Driving Around Erbil, Kurdistan I had to take a picture of this sign for Dana's grandfather who was a Seabee.
For those of you not up to speed, Seabee comes from their name, C - B or Construction Battalion The Sunsets here are just amazing The Sunsets here are just amazing The Sunsets here are just amazing Osprey in the down postion Osprey in the down postion A photo that got me into a little trouble. Apparently, some people get pissy about having their photo taken Pistachio candy... Trust me, they're delicious The Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan The Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan The Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan The Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan The Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan A Mosque at the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan This water jug was sitting outside a gift store at the end of the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan. Look carefully and you'll see why I took the photo.
I love bugs! These wasps were huge and really cool looking This water jug was sitting outside a gift store at the end of the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan. Look carefully and you'll see why I took the photo.
I love bugs! These wasps were huge and really cool looking This water jug was sitting outside a gift store at the end of the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan. Look carefully and you'll see why I took the photo.
I love bugs! These wasps were huge and really cool looking Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking out at the Bazaar from Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking out at the Bazaar from Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking out at the Bazaar from Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan.
The mosaic tiles were very colorful once. I wish I knew why this building was so ornately decorated Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
These creepy looking manakin heads were the real reason I took this photo Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
These creepy looking manikin heads were the real reason I took this photo Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This is a butter churn made from a whole animal skin. I'm guessing a goat or sheep Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
Here, we're looking down the stairwell from the second floor Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This is set up to look like a typical home from the period that these textiles were common.
(I think early 20th century, but don't hold me to it.) Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
An old phonograph record Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
An old phonograph player Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This is a wheat thresher Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This is a wheat thresher Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This is a wheat thresher Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This is a wheat thresher Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This is a wheat thresher Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This photo shows what the hillsides surrounding Erbil looked like at one point Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Various buildings along the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This Mosque was closed when we were there, but I hear it is quite ornate inside Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This Mosque was closed when we were there, but I hear it is quite ornate inside Literature was posted throughout the Citadel to tell you about its history Literature was posted throughout the Citadel to tell you about its history Literature was posted throughout the Citadel to tell you about its history Literature was posted throughout the Citadel to tell you about its history Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan The view from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan The view from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan The view from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan The view from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan This water jug was sitting outside a gift store at the end of the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan. Look carefully and you'll see why I took the photo.
I love bugs! These wasps were huge and really cool looking This water jug was sitting outside a gift store at the end of the main road in the Citadel in the city center of Erbil, Kurdistan. Look carefully and you'll see why I took the photo.
I love bugs! These wasps were huge and really cool looking Looking out at the Bazaar from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking out at the Bazaar from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking out at the Bazaar from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan looking out at the Bazaar from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan looking out at the Bazaar from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking out at the Bazaar from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking out at the Bazaar from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan The view from the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan The architecture in some of the buildings was amazing The architecture in some of the buildings was amazing The architecture in some of the buildings was amazing. This was inside the textile museum. The architecture in some of the buildings was amazing. This was inside the textile museum. Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan
This Mosque was closed when we were there, but I hear it is quite ornate inside Inside the textile museum on top of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan The architecture in some of the buildings was amazing. This was inside the textile museum. The architecture in some of the buildings was amazing. This was inside the textile museum. A butter churn. Look closely and you'll see that it is made from an animal skin. Sorry if this grosses some of you out a little. The Mosque on Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan Looking down the main road of the Citadel in Erbil, Kurdistan The view from the Citadel in the city center of Erbil Kurdistan The view from the Citadel in the city center of Erbil Kurdistan The view from the Citadel in the city center of Erbil Kurdistan The view from the Citadel in the city center of Erbil Kurdistan
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