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El Genio de Baghdad

Is Baghdad making a comeback?

Is Baghdad making a comeback?

The banks of the Tigris River wind through a new spirited landscape where residents now enjoy new restaurants and a little drink every now and then.

The last time I ran this image of Baghdad was in 2006, nearly nine years ago. It’s hard to believe how much time can pass by, time filled with car-bombs, suicide vests and other signs of war, war that shook the world, bringing forth the ugly ISIS aftermath.

Take a time-machine back to when Baghdad was a city of intrigue and wonder–Arabian Nights and antiquities, stories of one thousand and one nights that brightened the Tigris with the dawn of the Golden Age of Islam. Enhanced literary text– repetitive designation and self-fulfilling prophecy–plumed out of a bottle, turning literature into anticipation.

There’s sure to come a time when the ancient land upon which Baghdad sits becomes a revered travel destination.

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