We stopped at a few local landmarks, visited the market for last minute shopping and the main mosque in Baghdad.  The blog will focus on what I will remember most vividly of this visit.

There is the scenery:

Even though Iraq is a lot more than sand – there are the green hills in the North and the wet marshes in the South – it is the sand and the yellow-beige color that will dominate my visual memory.  And it is the haziness, the absence of a blue sky, the low visibility – even though for a few days we did have a clear blue sky – that will stay with me.  It is the taste of dust in my mouth and the realization how hard life is in a climate like this for the people there year round.  We were there at the “peach” season.   This was just the beginning.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY