Virgil on October 12, 2012

Baghdad Grill – Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center Four Maudies – Recommended It is perhaps ironic that my last meal in Iraq was destined to be my best meal in Iraq. It was also the only opportunity to actually eat real Iraqi food I had while in Iraq. None of my friends and co-workers I asked […]

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Virgil on September 16, 2012

When one works in an inhospitable place like Iraq and eats at a mess hall all the time, certain relatively simple things can really make your day or week.Well, today, it is cooking an entire pig that we got from the PX. Not an animal one would find in an Islamic country normally. Then there […]

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Virgil on September 10, 2012

See the first post in this three part series: Failaka Island, Kuwait, a unique experience – the Heritage Village. This is part two. We could walk anywhere we wanted on the island, so the first day we were there we strolled around in the old town near the Heritage Village. The next day we took a […]

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Failaka is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited. Not the most beautiful, not the most exciting, but certainly worth going to for a unique experience. The island is 20 km off the coast of Kuwait City and accessible via public ferry and private high-speed catamaran ferry. Plan to spend at least […]

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Virgil on August 26, 2012

Turkey, as compared to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq, uses a lot more “loaf” bread. In the aforementioned countries one sees mainly leavened flat bread (nan) made in a circular oven (see Afghan Flat Bread – Nan-e Afghani Made Traditionally for one type of oven in use by the Afghan National Police at a very remote […]

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Virgil on June 13, 2012

This post was originally going to be about survival cooking. Survival in the sense of trying to occasionally find an alternative to mess hall food here in Iraq. I will say that the mess hall where I am run by KBR USA is a lot better than when the Army was contracting with KBR UK. […]

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Yesterday, I flew from Baghdad to Basrah, Iraq. One of my favorite things when flying during the day is looking out the window at the landscape below. Landscapes and weather determine how people interact with their environment, including means of livlihood and subsistence, particularly in poorer countries. You can only work with what you have. […]

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Virgil on December 4, 2011

It is interesting to be in Iraq now, to say the least. The soldiers are almost totally gone and the State Dept has taken over. The Army treats US citizen contractors pretty poorly, but we are really second class citizens under State. I love my tax dollars paying elitist government employee salaries. That is all […]

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Virgil on November 23, 2011

I made a comment on Facebook as my wife was getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner at home that I was soooo looking forward to the Thanksgiving swill we will get at the mess hall here. Not. Yet, on Monday, our little group had a Thanksgiving dinner I was not expecting and it is some of […]

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Virgil on October 26, 2011

  Big changes have come my way over the past couple of weeks. After six months in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, with infantry units from the Big Red One (1st Infantry Division) and Polish 17th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, I have just arrived in Iraq for a change in job. It was my choice to move. A […]

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