10/22/12 - Last year I forgot this and after reading the first paragraph again of this young woman's last post as what she said has become even more important - well because it was Syria her family fled to along with hundreds of thousand other Iraqi families as well. The paragraph -
Syria is a beautiful country- at least I think it is. I say “I think”
because while I perceive it to be beautiful, I sometimes wonder if I
mistake safety, security and normalcy for ‘beauty’. In so many ways,
Damascus is like Baghdad before the war- bustling streets, occasional
traffic jams, markets seemingly always full of shoppers… And in so many
ways it’s different. The buildings are higher, the streets are generally
narrower and there’s a mountain, Qasiyoun, that looms in the distance.
We all know what Syria is like now. I do not think this girl made it nor her family. If she has this is one person I would very much like to meet. Amazing stories and insight this young lady had. What this country has done to literally millions around the globe is beyond despicable. They are crimes against humanity and I will always want those responsible to be held accountable!
The third year has gone by and the message remains the same and the
light will stay on in the hopes this young lady and her family survived
what our country did to theirs. I want to hear the rest of her story and
as long as this blog exists this will be the post for October 22.
A post from a year ago with the same feeling as then maybe more. And the light will remain on for another year.
One year ago today was Riverbend's
last post. Many of you have read her posts I'm sure and I for one
looked forward to every new one. As things deteriorated in Iraq her
postings became less frequent and her family made the decision to leave
Iraq for Syria.
I learned so much from this young women
things you wouldn't find anywhere else. A perspective of life in Iraq
that was so very negatively affected by our invasion that was close to
normal before our intervention even with Saddam at the helm.
wanted to acknowledge this date. The light and the link stays on in the
hopes that she is okay and that the next time I visit there will be a
new post. That would make it a good day if that happened and hope very
much it does.
4/16/17This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.
I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"
Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.