Greetings from Iraq!
My name is Tom (Brit) and this past year I have currently been working in Erbil, Kurdistan, North Iraq for an NGO.
It's wet and windy now but we had temperatures brushing the 50C mark during July and August last year. Just to stay fresh I was going through 2 pairs of underpants a day, but luckily, after washing they took approximately 5 minutes to dry in the sun (just to reassure members I did have more than 2 pairs of undies and was not running some extreme challenge).
Anyway - I have inherited an office with 3 fantastic banana trees in it, but in this climate of extremes they are looking very dishevelled. I'm here to pick some brains!