Author Archives: Mystery Tramp

Mumbai Outliers

“Check out that view,” Johnny said. “Many Bombay locals have never seen this place, even though it’s right on their doorstep.” But I was already absorbed in the breathtaking scenery gliding past my window on the southbound Western Railway train. We were crossing the Ulhas River at the point where it feeds in to the Arabian […]

F!re!

Every year on November 5th arsonists across the United Kingdom celebrate Bonfire Night (aka Guy Fawkes Night). It is the only festival I know of which involves enacting the immolation of a would-be terrorist, and the traditions and rituals associated with it are observed with an almost religious fervour. I love Bonfire Night because it’s […]

Walking Spanish

London is a Country

London is a country coming down from its trip -Danny in ‘Withnail & I’

The Other Iraq (Conclusion)

This is the concluding part of a four-part series on Iraqi Kurdistan. If you haven’t read the preceding parts and would like to do so please click on the title of my blog to be referred to the archives. Alternatively you can just read this as a stand-alone piece. ‘Kirkuk! Kirkuk! Kirkuk!’ It was 7am […]

The Other Iraq (Part 3)

Human beings can be truly abominable creatures. As if you need to be convinced or reminded of that let me tell you the story behind the Amna Suraka (Red Security) Museum in Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq. The museum is housed in a former Baathist intelligence headquarters and prison and it is here where Saddam Hussein’s henchmen […]

The Other Iraq (Part 2)

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq given the security situation. Travel within Iraq remains dangerous. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated January 19, 2012, to update information on security incidents and to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns for U.S. citizens in Iraq, including […]