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Super Sour Surprise!

Lemon, sumac, unripe fruit, pickles… sour food is overwhelmingly popular in Kurdistan. Hannah and Colleen chat about all the foods that make your mouth pucker and water in Kurdistan. Go grab your jar of pickles and join us in the culinary journey through sour foods in Iraqi Kurdistan!

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July 14th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Super Sour Surprise!

Gender Rules in the Middle East – Men and Women in Northern Iraq

Hannah and Colleen share their experiences of the roles and rules around what it means to be a man or a woman (or boy or girl) in Kurdish culture. Expectations and limitations for both men and women are a bit different than our experiences in the United States and anyone thinking to visit would […]

June 23rd, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Gender Rules in the Middle East – Men and Women in Northern Iraq

Social Media in the Middle East

Hannah and Colleen explore the difficult and sometimes humorous world of social media in Iraq. If you’ve never had a new Facebook friend go through all ten years of your photos and comments and like or comment on every single one, you should check this out! If you have… that’s weird. But join us […]

June 8th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Social Media in the Middle East

Cleanliness is Next To Godliness – What is Being Clean in Iraq

Hannah and Colleen talk about the beautiful extravagance of Kurdish hospitality and walk you through what it’s like to go on a visit to a Kurdish or Middle Eastern home. Hospitality is a key cultural value and is both generous and overwhelming in Northern Iraq and sometimes even when we visit our Middle Eastern […]

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cleanliness is Next To Godliness – What is Being Clean in Iraq

HospitaliTEA – Kurdish Hospitality Knows No Limits, Also, Lots of Tea

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 39

Hannah and Colleen talk about the beautiful extravagance of Kurdish hospitality and walk you through what it’s like to go on a visit to a Kurdish or Middle Eastern home. Hospitality is a key cultural value and is both generous and overwhelming in Northern Iraq […]

March 31st, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on HospitaliTEA – Kurdish Hospitality Knows No Limits, Also, Lots of Tea

Crisis, Isis, and Corona Virus

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 38

Hannah and Colleen talk about how Kurdish people respond to different kinds of crisis. Some big, some small, some medical, and some military — the Kurds have seen it all and we have gained some perspective from them as we face new kinds of crisis.

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March 11th, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Crisis, Isis, and Corona Virus

The Cash Economy in Iraq

In the US we’re pretty used to using our credit cards to pay for things and we’re adding all sorts of new electronic payment methods. But in Northern Iraq, nearly everything is still done in cash. Hannah and Colleen discuss a few of the multitude of reasons for this, but more about the effect […]

December 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Cash Economy in Iraq

Sherma and Shame in Iraqi Kurdistan

Hannah and Colleen chat about several key terms in Kurdish language and culture: sherma, aiba, and haram. All have meanings that connect to honor, shame, and what is allowable and what is forbidden. Cultural expectations and norms are part of what can be a challenge for a westerner. This podcast explores their shades of […]

November 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sherma and Shame in Iraqi Kurdistan

Taking the Kids to Iraq – A Podcast Interview with Robin

Hannah and Colleen interview Robin, who (with her husband, Dave) took her two kids to live in Iraq. What did this do to her kids? Her family and their relationships? Listen to us ask her all about her stories and adventures from when she and her family lived in Iraq.

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October 24th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Taking the Kids to Iraq – A Podcast Interview with Robin

Getting a Visa in Kurdish Iraq

Hannah and Colleen chat about the various steps to the ever changing process of getting a visa in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. This isn’t the nuts and bolts, just the experiences from our perspective of foreign bureaucracy and how to walk through it. We are so grateful for our Kurdish friends […]

October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Getting a Visa in Kurdish Iraq