Day 10. I’m in amazing Erbil, Kurdistan.
I start the day with a visit to the hospital to take a PCR test for Jordan. My flight is tomorrow morning at 5. Image
*It’s day 9 actually
PCR check done. Should have result by 8. Yes you’re getting to see everything.
Quick visit to the Netherlands Consulate in Erbil to talk about my trip with @maaikekeizer from @nlinkri. Image
I’m at the most amazing antique shop where they were blasting German schlager music through the speakers. Funny experience.
I came in touch with @vvanwilgenburg, a Dutch journalist in Kurdistan. He took me to this amazing antique store in a basement in Erbil. Saw so much interesting stuff here. The owner super friendly, offering drinks and telling about his stuff, some are 500 years old. ImageImageImageImage
Incredible collection ImageImageImageImage
It's almost a museum and actually, the owner wants to create a museum about this. @vvanwilgenburg wrote an article about this:…
Jalil Khayat Mosque in Erbil ImageImageImage
We had a break at this lovely chai and shisha shop in the heart of Erbil. @vvanwilgenburg ImageImageImageImage
If I come back here I'm going to buy one of these pretty rugs for my home. ImageImage
Ended up at a BBQ organised by @vvanwilgenburg. Real Kurdish night with a singer playing the bağlama, shishas and a lot of Kurdish hospitality and friendliness.
Becoming Kurdish. Thanks for the great gift @vvanwilgenburg! Image
The unavoidable flight. See you Kurdistan, that was an unexpected amazing adventure. Definitely will be back!
In Amman in 2 hours. Image
Arrived in Amman, Jordan. Before departure you needed to book a PCR test online. When arrived at airport you need to show your QR code and there were like 30 test boots and the nurses were all young models. That made the nose swab definitely more enjoyable.

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13 Jan
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Day 7. I’m wearing thermal underwear. Suat is bringing me from Dogubeyazit to the border. I’ve been in Dogu before, and had some problems here, on my way to Australia by EV. Suat already helped me back then. Let’s see if we can enter Iran today. It think my chance is 5%.
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Unlike in Netherlands where the mentality is: not mandatory to wear a mask? Why do it?
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