Ehlen w’sehlehn, as they say here. (“Welcome.”) To which I should probably reply, “Thanks… I think.” I’m back in Iraq’s capital after two and a half months away, and in that time I faced upheavals in my personal life, and three weeks in Beirut. The two are more or less unrelated. But Baghdad is almost exactly the same as when I left, despite the fact that there’s been a monumental election here — the full import of which has yet to be felt.
I have been on a long break, the longest since I moved to Baghdad in May 2004, but it is soon to end. I will be returning to Iraq at the end of this week, looks like, assuming my passport issues get resolved here at the embassy.