Cool Iraqis ©2005 by Trici Venola. Ludwig's Rooftop Restaurant, Asmalimescit, Istanbul. My dear friend Emine introduced me to this dynamic quartet of creative people. Two were living in Istanbul, and two were trying to bring up four kids in the middle of Baghdad in 2005. The first thing we established was that I, too, hated Bush. After that the conversational ball just bounced along. I hope they're all doing well.