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A Quick Walk Around the Block

Posted in Day-To-Day by matt on Friday, October 16, 2009

Sulaymaniyah isn’t much like Bangkok at all. It’s become nearly impossible to avoid comparing Bangkok with everywhere else because, for us, it’s become our frame of reference for anywhere ‘foreign’.

One obvious difference is the climate. Bangkok’s located in a tropical flood plain and it’s currently the rainy season, whereas Sulay’s dryness makes Arizona seem soggy. And that dryness means dust – everywhere.

I didn’t mind the dust all that much, though, until Cayla and I went on a walk around the block yesterday and I slipped. My flip flops + dust + tile = a dislocated pinky toe. Don’t worry though, it popped right back in. Now it just looks like a nasty swollen vienna sausage thing (points for description?). I thought about sharing a picture, but I’ll spare you.

So, other than that silly little appendage, I’ve had a great time in Iraq. The food tastes great and actually manages to fill me up, the team has been warm and welcoming, and I’ve really enjoyed the tasks they’ve given me. It doesn’t take long to see how huge the need is here. There are thousands of kids waiting to get surgery or die, but the shortage of manpower, money, skills and interest is pretty disheartening. So much effort goes into Africa – why not the Middle East?

Anyway, I just posted a few pictures of a dinner we went to at Heran’s house. It was scrumptious. Cayla also posted some pictures of the house we’re staying in and the office we work in that you can see here.

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