Friday, December 05, 2003

Friday, December 5, 2003 12:56 pm Austin Technology Incubator

We left Baghdad at 6 am on Weds. via GMC and arrived in Amman around 6 pm after spending 2-3 hours waiting for gas and at the border. For the past several days Iraq has suffered from a severe gas shortage and we weren't sure that we would be able to find enough to get to Amman, even though it's only 20 dinars (about 2 cents) per liter (about 7 cents per gallon) at the "official" government gas stations. Satar, our driver from before, drove us to Amman.

Once there we rested from the cold and damp (several of us had minor colds).

Thursday, we left the hotel at 6 am for an 11 am flight from Amman to Chicago. Everything went according to schedule and we arrived in Chicago about 5 pm where I caught a 7 pm flight to San Antonio, arriving 10:30.

It's nice to have returned. I've already received an email from Amal Alwan who was making sure that we arrived safely. The story of Thanks-giving in Iraq was published in the Houston Chronicle yesterday (12/4).

Next up: speaking, showing photos and videos to groups, writing additional articles, and involvement in the many activities over here to help bring an awareness of the current conditions in Iraq to Texans.

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