I thought that was so funny when we were in Nasiriyah last year, that the “napkins” on the dinning room table were actually boxes of Kleenex in pink and blue. They fall apart in your hands when you use them to wipe your mouth but man–o-man they are better than nothing when it comes time to do that.
The first couple of meals here in Najaf at our guesthouse were definitely consumed in the absence of any form of napkin-like material. Awkward….someone finally said something about not having any “tissue” and within minutes two rolls of humble toilet paper showed up at our table.
I guess that’s just how they roll here in Najaf.