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Feb 23rd 2013 11:27PM I loved the pics and all the details about the submarine. Those lights do make it seem the museum is underwater. Great post! :-)
Nov 27th 2012 12:06PM The minaret is beautiful, although the height would scare the heck out of me, too! What an adventure -- great post!
Nov 13th 2012 1:54PM Great pic! Most Westerners really don't understand that lying and corruption are endemic in Middle Eastern societies, and no one trusts anyone. However, you're lucky that the people are mostly lazy and don't want trouble (good pick-up on the attitude of the general -- he resents you 'cause you made some extra work for him). I may sound prejudiced, but my knowledge comes from 20+ years living in Egypt. Westerners including the US gov't have no clue what Middle Eastern mentality really is. I'm constantly surprised by their (the State Dept.'s) naivete. They believe the gov't officials they speak to rather than studying the average man-on-the-street and the sociological history.
However, if you were an Iraqi in the US and spoke to the wrong person or went into the wrong shop, you might have ended up in custody and grilled for hours or days by Homeland Security.