A weekend well spent. I explored a couple new roads on the back of my new bike, and hiked to a popular vantage point overlooking Duhok, complete with a large painted Kurdistan flag.
Thursday evening, shortly after getting out of school (my weekend, and almost every workweek setup in the Middle East is Sunday-Thursday with Friday and Saturday off), I took the bike for a spin along a service road that I’d noticed just south of Duhok. Duhok has an oblong shape when viewed from above, as the city is hemmed in by steep dramatic mountains to both the north and south. Although not particularly tall, the mountains make a rugged backdrop to any view in the city, and provide ever-present natural beauty.
The following day, Friday, I hiked one of the most popular views to the south of Duhok with some colleagues of mine. The hike was relatively short (distance wise) but very vertical, and we took our time so as to enjoy it as much as possible.
And once we’d all worked up an appetite I ended the day with a sheep brain sandwich. Simply because it was offered.