Sometimes I am astounded at my kids. This week has been… I struggle to find a sufficient adjective to describe the strange combination of blessings and struggles. One boy brought me a little charm of the American Flag. A girl brought me a necklace that she made herself out of little gold colored glass […]
Culture shock is a bit of misnomer, but we’re jumping in and using it to help everyone understand what they or their friends go through when living in a foreign culture for an extended period of time. Obviously not everyone has exactly the same reactions, but these are things we’ve experienced and are reported […]
After making Kubba months ago (and struggling with it!), we decided to try making Baklava, one of the most common desserts in Iraq and Greece. It was certainly more successful. Although it is a long and time consuming process with lots of fillo dough and butter!
Here’s the recipe we used: https://natashaskitchen.com/baklava-recipe/
One of the most exhausting things about living in Iraq is the travel back and forth to the U.S. For a lot of our team members it is almost exactly half way around the world! This means lots of time on airplanes, in airports, and some time in hotels too!
Our major take away today? […]
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 21
Hannah and Colleen rant a bit about the very annoying Americans they have met or seen in Iraq or in airports flying to and from Iraq. These are the cons of Americans abroad and then some of the good things we bring along with us too!
Join us […]
One of our favorite topics about Iraq is all the ELECTRICITY! Also, the lack of it. It’s one of those things that we in the U.S. definitely take for granted and see as our right. Not so in Iraq! Power outages are common and wiring is… creative. =)
(Also, there is conversation about the electric […]
History of Iraq – Part 1
Hannah and Colleen have another guest, SGI Director, Dave Dillard, on to talk about the patterns and history of Iraq. Part one takes us from the Garden of Eden up through World War I.
Answer these questions: Where did Iraq come from? Why is it so hard to understand? Why […]
Mystery and Minority Religions
Many people think that everyone in Iraq is Muslim. And it’s true that the majority are. Some people know of some of the Christians even. But there’s a long history and heritage of different minority religions in Iraq. Hannah and Colleen ran into a few themselves traveling around the area and […]
Is it Secret? Is it Safe?
Hannah and Colleen finally dive into the question you have all really been wondering about. Is it safe? What they really wanted to do was give you the statistics about how much more likely you are to be killed by car accidents, falling pianos, or even your own clothing… […]
Keep Your Shirt On: Clothes in Kurdistan
Hannah and Colleen address one of the most commonly asked questions about living in Iraq: “Do you have to cover your head?” And they give a rough overview of women’s clothing in the Middle East with a focus on what they saw and wore in Northern Iraq. Then […]