Mostly I have only dreamed of travlel. Until about a year ago when I met Simon. Since then things have been a very exciting series of changes, starting with my job....which he helped me get...and God willing this will be only chapter 1 of many adventures! But for now we are indeed at the beginning....every good travel plan starts by nesesity with funding....so here I am in Iraq. I hope that one day the people of this land will have peace. When that happens I will be able to come back as a visitor and explore all of the wonders of this biblical place. The land seems very barren we are lucky to be near water so we do have some plant life and of course desert animals. I was amazed at how many creatures live in this barren land....jakals, many types of birds, jack rabbits,mice, lizards and four of the five types of snake are deadly poisionous, there are also deadly scorpions and the infamous Camel Spiders...rumor has it they get as big as trucks!!, I unfoutunatly have only seen jackals, jack rabbits, wild dogs, lizards and some facinatiing birds. One is, I believe, a desert Warbaler and they are very entertaining...after four months here most anything is...these birds have what looks like a mohawk on the top of their heads and their song is loud and strong...they are not afraid of people and many of my evenings are spent on top of a bunker watching as one particular Warbaler pearches near me and sings his little head off....I love it ! During my R & R's I will be traveling to see many other exotic and interesting places. I am not into the very touristy things and would much rather be able to see and experience how the local people really live and seeing the country, not just the places all fixed up for tourists. There is not much to do here so I will have ample time for putting my travels on here after my trips. My first trip will be chapter 2 and I'm going to Belize and Guatemala. I leave in 8 days!! I'm so ready!! Chapter 1 pictures are of this place, the ones I feel safe posting, if peace ever blesses this country I will be able to post more of the pictures I have of the base. Happy travels to you. Leave it like you found it so the next traveler will feel like the first person ever to see it!