To paraphrase Dubya: Mission accomplished. For the sixth time in three years, I've walked away from Baghdad in one piece.
The first thing I did when I got to Amman was take a long hot shower and long nap on a real bed in a real hotel, then went swimming in a real pool and laid out on a real balcony overlooking a real city booming with construction and tourists. Hard to believe there's a war going on just 90 minutes flight away from here.
My habibi (Arabic for "my love") is joining me in Amman tomorrow and we're going to take a few days of R&R, exploring two of Jordan's main tourist attractions: The Dead Sea and Petra. This will be Mrs. Crab's first trip to the Middle East. Woo hoo!