EPISODE SLICE #59: I Have Iraq in My Shoe
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Goody, goody gumdrops. Today’s episode slice is nothing short of fantastic. Why, you ask? American Gretchen Berg, the author of the hilarious yet informative book titled, I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion, is on the show. If you haven’t read the book, read it. You will laugh. A lot. And, she’s talking to me from her closet! What’s not to love?
In a nutshell, Gretchen was in a lot of debt, and her shoe-obsession didn’t help. She ended up teaching English in northern Iraq (Kurdistan) and paying off all her debt. Then, she wrote a book about it. In this interview, you’ll get a little taste of what life was like for her there.
Here’s just some of what we discuss:
- How she ended up in Iraq in the first place and why she decided to go there
- Safety as an American female
- Benefits of teaching in Iraq
- Major cultural differences between genders and the inequalities she witnessed between men and women
- What a typical day was like for her
- The students she taught (many of them had family members who had spent time in Saddam Hussein’s prisons)
- How her book idea emerged
- Tips for people interested in moving to the Middle East
There’s so much more that we don’t cover in the interview that’s in the book. Click on the picture below to buy it!
Special thanks to Gretchen Berg for coming on the show!
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