Dating practices in iraq
When I was traveling, many Kurdish mothers took me under their wings, invited me in for dinner, and ceaselessly interrogated me about America.If you ever have the chance, spend time with Kurdish families, and come hungry for dinner!
As a female outsider, you have many things working against you; you don’t have a family to vouch for your good character, you don’t have a man (father, brother, and/or husband) to protect you, you don’t speak the language well, and you are largely ignorant of the culture.
Many laborers are Pakistani, and the only brothels in the area are Chinese, further lowering opinions of Eastern women.
In fact, an Indonesian-American teacher in the capital was raped during my time in Kurdistan.
While conflict roils along its borders, the Peshmerga are invested in keeping the conflict outside.
The only trouble I had was with men, and I developed safety measures for myself: I wore long clothes and dark sunglasses, I avoided eye contact with men, I didn’t take taxis late at night, I ignored catcalls and stopped answering the “are you single” question, and I did my best to travel with friends, especially male friends. When I was there, most passports could obtain a free 10-day tourist visa upon entry.She has studied in Scotland, taught kindergarten in Iraqi Kurdistan, and backpacked through Central America.