I crossed the Iraqi border at Zakho at around 10 am this morning. This was one of the most straight forward, comfortable, and easy borders that I have ever crossed.Chaya and I awoke this morning to find a taxi driver knocking on our hotel door. There is only one reason to go to Silopi in the southeastern Kurdish borderlands of Turkey, and that is to go to Iraq. From the time we set foot off the bus last night everybody was asking if we wanted to go to Zakho, which is the town just over the border in Iraq, which was only around 20 km from where we were.

So I did not find it odd that a taxi man was knocking on my door saying "Iraq? Iraq?" We were spotted from the moment we walked into this town: everybody knew what hotel we were staying in and where we wanted to go. Shuttling travelers over the Iraqi border seems to be one of Silopi's biggest industries. I can not say that I saw much else going for this little border town.

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com in Dahuk, Iraq- March 30, 2009

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This is good news, I was thinking about crossing around here and it's good to hear that it's relatively low key.

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