The Palestine Hotel, where I lived and worked in Baghdad for 7 months
The Palestine Hotel "bell boys"
The view from the balcony of my office - the 14th of Ramadan Mosque and Firdos Square.
FIrdos Square was the location of the statue of Saddam that was toppled in the early days of the occupation in a much-publicized media event.
Firdos Square at night. I'm not sure why it's called a "square" when it is actually "round."
The view from the 18th floor of the Sheraton Hotel (across the street from the Palestine Hotel), where we ate our meals.
Inside the Green Zone.
Inside the former Republican Palace.
Outside the former Republican Palace.
The pool behind the Republican Palace.
Soldier relaxing by the pool behind the Republican Palace.
Much of Baghdad is not a pretty place.
Two of the Bradley Fighting Vehicles protecting the hotel compound.
The Palestine Hotel from the 18th floor of the Sheraton Hotel. I believe the Sheraton is the tallest building in Baghdad.
The view from my room at the Palestine Hotel.
Brewin' up some sun tea on my office balcony.
Gurkha guard at the Republican Palace.
The Palestine Hotel pool
Ibn Taymiyyah Mosque
This was my first car bomb experience. It was LOUD.