Sunday, January 31, 2010

Leaving My Second Home

Though going home is definitely an exciting time, there are certain aspects of Iraq that I will miss. This is definitely not a complete list, but it should provide some insight into the parts of Basra that will be hard to leave behind:

  • The comraderie, friends, and knowing that you are never alone
  • Structure, schedules, and defintive plans
  • Free laundry service, food, fuel, pop
  • Workout facilities, with no monthly dues
  • No need to worry about what to wear on a given day
  • Free travel (even though it is only around southern Iraq and Kuwait)
  • Feeeling of job security
  • Winter weather, which is quite nice. Note that I will have no trouble leaving behind summer's weather
  • Sense of purpose
  • The area in general. Despite being a desert, there are many beautiful marshes, structures, etc., that provide a sense of belonging here
  • Our Iraqi partners. I know they are in good hands with our replacements, but it will still be bittersweet to know that I may never see them again