election fever in iraqi kurdistan

The legislative elections in Iraq will take place on April 30, and throughout the entirety of the country, 328 seats are up for grabs....

religion in iraqi kurdistan: a poll

In Iraqi Kurdistan, the dominant religion is Islam, mostly the Shafi'i, Sunni branch of Islam. Christianity is also present and practiced by the Assyrian...

happy birthday: flying north turns five

On January 31, 2011, flying north was cleared for takeoff and went live. Since then, the blog has been read by over one hundred thousand...

paris, beirut, and the twenty-first century traveler

This has not been a good few weeks for humanity. As much as we have progressed in certain areas, humanity has the uncanny ability...

traveling to the uk this weekend? get ready for significant delays at passport control

As is being widely reported , several airlines including aviation powerhouses British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have issued a head up to passengers that...

taking a cruise can be a real drag – the kind with high heels

When I think about taking a cruise in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, I think of portable oxygen machines, shuffleboard, walkers and a feeding...

a tourist visa to saudi arabia? not so fast

Saudi Arabia is currently one of the most difficult countries to enter and/or be a tourist in.  That’s why it was peculiar news that...

seven in one: antarctica

On Monday, March 16th, 2015, I officially set foot on the Earth’s southernmost continent at 064° 83.33’ S / 063° 50.00’ W.  It was...

want to be jailed for fourteen days? travel to russia

Got a tattoo? How about an earring? What about a brightly colored shirt? A v-neck t-shirt? A man purse? Anything with a rainbow or...

flying out of the united kingdom? better power up your device

Those of you with iPhones know the pain of how unreliable the batteries on the phones sometimes are, in many cases going from a...

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