So it looks indeed likely that i will be going to Iraq this summer for the American Voices Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) Academy in Kurdistan. I will spend about a month in Kurdistan, by way of Turkey. I am looking forward to a return visit to Istanbul. I will probably not get to the rest of Iraq. I can get a visa on arrival in Kurdistan, but the rest of Iraq is a bit trickier (and dicier) to visit. Anyway, I am excited.