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D.C. Expats: Iraq

MR. ROB SACHS

13:37:47
And now, let's hit the road, or globe rather, with some more Washingtonians abroad.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:37:52
Earlier in the show, we played a couple of voicemails from D.C. expats living in England. Next up, a dispatch from Iraq. The recording is a little fuzzy, but you'll get the idea.

ALIA

13:38:04
Hi, my name is Alia. I moved to D.C. right after college and lived there for three years. I left in March 2010 and then (unintelligible) the Kurdish region of Iraq in the city of Sulaimani, working at the American University of Iraq. Washington is a really person friendly city, big enough to have diverse, secluded neighborhoods, and for everyone to have their own circles, but small enough to walk around, ride a bike, use public transportation comfortably, or in my case, drive a Vespa around town.

ALIA

13:38:31
I also miss the monuments, very much. Whether on a weekend day at dusk, or in the middle of the night, exploring the memorials is a spectacular experience, every time. What I don't miss about D.C., and I know this is somewhat cliché, is the obsessive desire to meet more people for professional advancement, that intruding urge to climb the ladder and meet smart, powerful people.

SACHS

13:38:51
That was Alia (sp?) in Sulaimani, Iraq.

SHEIR

13:38:54
Later on in the show, we'll hear from one more expat who called in from China.
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