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Anybody Been To Erbil Or Kurdistan?  
User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17420 posts, RR: 46
Posted (5 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

I've been looking for a place to go for Thanksgiving week next month, and then I saw this NYTimes article:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/travel/26next.html?ref=travel

"While much of Iraq remains mired in war, the semiautonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq has enjoyed relative safety and prosperity, thanks to a no-fly-zone imposed by the United States in 1991 after the first gulf war. So instead of repairing oil fields and burying their dead, Iraqi Kurds have been erecting shiny hotels, opening amusement parks and trying to figure out how to lure tourists.

There is even a Ministry of Tourism, with a staff of more than 400 and a bare-bones Web site (www.tourismkurdistan.com) with color pictures and links to the region’s thin infrastructure."

Anybody been? Anyone work those OS EBLVIE flights?


E pur si muove -Galileo
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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16857 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1830 times:

What's wrong with Maui?..


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11638 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 1797 times:

I met a British guy whilst travelling in that region who had been to Erbil and had loved it. Felt very safe apparently; locals friendly, no fighting, no hostility, cheap accommodation and interesting scenery and sights. He crossed from Turkey and travelled overland in minibuses or hitchhiking with truckers, very cool passport stamp I must say!


Dan  Smile



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User currently offlineBAPILOT2B From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 927 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 1786 times:

Looked into it about 2 years ago when OS started their VIE flights. Never got round to it though and would have most likely meant flying in and right back out again.


Jason Nicholls - v1images
User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17420 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 4 hours ago) and read 1752 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 1):
What's wrong with Maui?..

I like to go off-off-off-off the beaten path



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

One of my friends works for Halliburton and has gone to Kurdistan (Irbil, I think) a few times recently. He said he never felt unsafe in the least bit, despite the fact his delegations went with bodyguards. He said the people and society are more reminiscent of Istanbul than that of Kuwait or Dubai (where he lives). I'd just keep an eye on what the Turks are up to in relationship to Kurdistan than anything else.


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User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17420 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1668 times:



Quoting JCS17 (Reply 5):
I'd just keep an eye on what the Turks are up to in relationship to Kurdistan than anything else.

That probably rules an overland crossing into Kurdistan from the West...



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16857 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1665 times:



Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 4):
I like to go off-off-off-off the beaten path

So try Molokai or Lānaʻi, they're beautiful and way off the beaten path.



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User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1655 times:



Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 6):

That probably rules an overland crossing into Kurdistan from the West...

Yeah, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to be 50-100 miles away from where Turkey is conducting operations against the PKK. Either way, it seems tensions have calmed drastically. Kurdistan seems like a very interesting place, you'll have to let us know how it is.



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