Journey to Erbil, Iraq

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I was for a reportage journey in Erbil, Iraq. After work I ventured out to the center of the city and enjoyed the lively street scene at the place of the Citadel. Here I had some tea and watched people and vendors passing by. In the nearby bazaar I got some typical oriental sweets. Delicious! I talked to the people and when they got to know that I am German they were very enthusiastic about my nationality.

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Qaysari bazaar is a type of covered bazaar typical of Kurdistan and Iraq. In Erbil it is just south of the citadel in the center of town. The Qaysari is entered through numerous alleys.

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Once inside, visitors walk through a maze of narrow paths between the shops, underneath a roof of corrugated metal. Most alleys feature an unique product that is sold by a majority of the vendors in that location. The northeast corner of the Qaysari contains a north-south alley offering honey and dairy products, such as yoghurt and cheeses.

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I guess I was the only tourist in town. Erbil is Kurdistan and gets controlled by the Kurdish Peshmerga and military police. The front line where the fights are is 140 Kilometers away. I considered the town of Erbil as a safe place. Just outside of it there is another world and I wouldn’t recommend anybody to leave the city.

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