This Jew spent Easter Sunday in Duhok (a Kurdish city near the Turkey-Iraq border), where Newroz decorations were still up.

Prayer beads for sale in the Duhok bazaar.
Prayer beads for sale in the Duhok bazaar.
Small waterfall in Suhok, near the dam.
Small waterfall in Suhok, near the dam.
Newroz decorations (Kurdish flags) are still up.
Newroz decorations (Kurdish flags) are still up.

She spent Friday at Lake Dukan at a seyran (Kurdish all-day picnic) with 30 Kurds from work.

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A veritable Kurdish feast at a seyran (picnic).
A veritable Kurdish feast at a seyran (picnic).

A week ago she finished up her 2-week travels in Athens, having gone to Greece (Delphi, Nafplio, Mycenae, and Lesvos) and Turkey (Diyarbakir, Selcuk, Kusadasi, Serince, and Ayvalik).

in Selcuk: She was harvesting some plants when I asked her for directions to Ephesus.
in Selcuk: She was harvesting some plants when I asked her for directions to Ephesus.
The Library at Ephesus
The Library at Ephesus

Now, she is desperately trying to catch up on sleep and eat a few home-cooked meals before resuming her weekly Friday day-trips.

She is very, very happy.

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