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I Traveled To Iraq To See What It’s Really Like And Was Amazed (17 Pics)
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I Traveled To Iraq To See What It’s Really Like And Was Amazed (17 Pics)

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Growing up, as most people in Europe, I was really afraid of Iraq. I mean everything I heard about the country certainly didn’t make it look like a great place to visit.

However, during my full-time travels over the last 6 years, I learned that quite often the places we’re most afraid of aren’t actually as bad as we might think. So I packed my bags, went to the Northern part of Iraq, called “Iraqi Kurdistan” and spent two weeks traveling all around the place, which completely astonished me.

I met some of the friendliest, kindest and nicest people I’ve ever met in my life and became even more convinced that the world is generally a much better place than we tend to see on the news. Let’s make peace. Not war.

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Growing up, as most people in Europe, I was really afraid of Iraq

But during my travels over the last 6 years I realized that sometimes the places we’re most afraid of aren’t actually as bad

So I packed my bags and went to the Northern part of Iraq, called “Iraqi Kurdistan”

And spent two weeks traveling all around the place, which completely astonished me

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I visited amazing markets

Beautiful nature sights

Thought-provoking museums

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Got destroyed at football by the super friendly local kids

Shared meals with the incredibly friendly local people

Went camping in the gorgeous mountains

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And even walked on abandoned tanks, what?!

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In Iraq I met some of the friendliest, kindest and nicest people I’ve ever met in my life

And became even more convinced that the world is generally a much better place than we tend to see on the news

Let’s make peace. Not war.

Watch this video to see all of my adventures around Iraq

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A location independent entrepreneur traveling the world. Life's short. Why waste a second?

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A location independent entrepreneur traveling the world. Life's short. Why waste a second?

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Vėjūnė is a community manager who helps artists all over the world introduce their artwork to Bored Panda readers and in that way, become more popular. Since she was always fascinated by the art world, she studied Culture Management and Cultural Policy at Vilnius Academy of Arts where she expanded her knowledge about it. Now she's using all this knowledge to showcase its beauty and help others dive into the fascinating world of art.

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Vėjūnė is a community manager who helps artists all over the world introduce their artwork to Bored Panda readers and in that way, become more popular. Since she was always fascinated by the art world, she studied Culture Management and Cultural Policy at Vilnius Academy of Arts where she expanded her knowledge about it. Now she's using all this knowledge to showcase its beauty and help others dive into the fascinating world of art.

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Andrea Purzycki
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if a woman would have had the same positive experience.

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Victoria Pitt
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just to answer some of the comments below on this, as a woman and solo traveler we must use extreme caution traveling almost everywhere. As a woman on your own you are a walking target for crime and unwanted advanced, and in certain countries not as respected unless traveling with a man. Many will try to take advantage of you. This would be my concern if traveling alone anywhere in the middle east.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sure it was fine for you as a man. But I wonder if it was a woman just how different would the experience be...

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Andrea Purzycki
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if a woman would have had the same positive experience.

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Victoria Pitt
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just to answer some of the comments below on this, as a woman and solo traveler we must use extreme caution traveling almost everywhere. As a woman on your own you are a walking target for crime and unwanted advanced, and in certain countries not as respected unless traveling with a man. Many will try to take advantage of you. This would be my concern if traveling alone anywhere in the middle east.

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sure it was fine for you as a man. But I wonder if it was a woman just how different would the experience be...

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