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An Average Iraqi

An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.

Location:Baghdad, Iraq

My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers BiographyUpdated November 11

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Trip to College

  Today I took my trip to college, I study Civil Engineering in the department of building and construction. The way to college takes roughly about an hour and a half, depending on the traffic and army convoys, which travels much slower, will not take any one passing them, and will shoot any one who doesn't take the hint.

  Even so, that is not the worst thing, because the convoys actually move, unlike another situation. Imagine a very busy T intersection which barely moves whith the precence of traffic control, now take the traffic control out, what will you have, the answer is CHAOS.

  The way back is a bit better because the traffic is lighter since most people are already home back from work, it's beggining to get dark, and NO ONE goes out in the dark unless he's got some kind of a death wish. Since most hijackers are out in the night and most of the fights between americans and terrorists occur at night, and believe me you don't want to be there when it happens, bullets will be flying all over the place, explotions here and there, see one and you have seen them all.

  Now I'm drifting off point, so back to the trip. One time during the gas/gasoline shortage the car actually ran out of gas, great just what i needed. And it picked the greatest place to stop, it was over some bridge so we couldn't just leave it there we had to push it down and find some place to park it, the driver went to get some gas but we couldn't wait for him, there just wasn't enough time. So we went on our own that day. But it seems he managed to get some gas and picked us up on our way back.


Blogger Hassan said...

P.S: I'll be going back to college on Sunday.

3:00 PM  
Blogger cile said...

i could have some advice: avoid T's, the dark, convoys, bridges, crossfires and explosions, and take enough gasoline with you.

if you however are moving around, passing all these obstacles and dangers, well, then, it sounds like a daily 'voting' iraqi style. it takes courage, and it takes even more to not get used to it, to not start to see this all as 'normality'.
but yes, do take care (and the gasoline though)

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