15 pictures; one story. Not even shut.
Erbil and its historical past will want greater than 1000 clicks of the digital camera to seize its pulse and its life. Sure, it’s acquired each life and pulse, and it’s additionally acquired hospitable folks and the world’s finest peanuts.
It additionally has historical past – an extended one.
For historical past’s sake, then, Erbil, additionally written Arbil, is the capital of the Kurdistan area of Iraq. It has been claimed that Erbil is without doubt one of the oldest constantly inhabited cities in historical past. Positioned someplace within the north of Iraq, they are saying it’s not even a state. They’ve their very own parliament although, with its personal authorities places of work and currently it’s been beneath improvement, since many international (American primarily) corporations have been flowing in to speculate.
That is the way it was once…
Okay, so it’s not fashionable, nor fancy, and also you don’t depart saying “wow, what a metropolis!” It’s not Paris, it’s not New York, it’s not Athens. Nonetheless, it’s acquired its personal persona, its personal photos, and its personal colours. Three many years of battle, hardships, worn-out faces, and uncared for neighborhoods; that is their actuality. That is what your eyes see.
It’s them you bear in mind, as a result of they’re heat, hospitable, and happy with their start city, which makes you marvel, however they’re. They love their city and there’s nothing they get pleasure from greater than displaying you round, taking you to the citadel, the open markets, and the museums. I mustn’t neglect to say the meals: these pies, the dolma (mmm these dolma) and their spices.
I’ve discovered myself in Erbil not as soon as, however 9 occasions. 9. I do have a small historical past there.
A bit story in photos
The traditional citadel of Erbil
The statue of Ibn al-Mustawfi, which guards the principle entrance of the Erbil citadel
The market under the citadel partitions.
A few of its folks.
The Textile Museum with its heirlooms and its hand-woven artifacts.
And a TAKSI, as a result of I discovered it extra attention-grabbing than TAXI
This world exists.
It’s acquired life, it’s acquired soul, and though it’s forgotten, it is aware of about love and hospitality. In order for you, return to the start of the article and also you may really feel one thing.
Such journeys are stunning, aren’t they?
Which is the strangest place you could have been in?
Translation from Greek to English: Maria Coveou
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