The Sun is raising some time between five and six in the morning. I am opening my tired eyes and the first thing what I notice is the city sign of Tikrit - somewhere here we can find the birth village of the notorious dictator Saddam Husain. I am just passing the area which was occupied by the radical organisation...

Karl May once wrote adventure novel called Durchs Wilde Kurdistan even though he had never been there before. We went to the center of that area in nowadays Iraq, straight to the mountains. Is Iraqi Kurdistan really wild? Let´s see.

You will not find many places on the map where you will not meet tourists. The places are mostly forbidden, localities and regions when the journey takes as long as vacation itself or conflict zones about which we hear only negative reports from media. Our lives are often formed by prejudices - that is why I am visiting countries where...