Zina, I'm heading out in a couple weeks for a couple-four months.
I'm one of those people who use computers a lot, so I'm usually inside the fence inside the fence. I've never been shot at, unless you count rockets. Year before last, I was one of the few Americans in Basrah, so I worked with a lot of Brits. It was.... interesting. I used to wig them out by remarking (in August) that the weather was nicer there than at home. That'd usually get a raised eyebrow and "Where the hell are you from??" See, even down south, the humidity isn't but 30%-40% and it's only 50C as a high - at home it's 45C and 90% humidity.
I'll be having fun - I'll just drop out of sight for a while. But I'm taking my knitting, darnit! wonders how much yarn and pointy sticks she can stuff in her luggage Maybe I'll embarrass my boss by making him ship me yarn.