Holy city: Chris Reynolds asks ‘Where am I?’

Los Angeles Times staff writer

You’re in a mostly Shia Muslim holy city. You tiptoe toward the Homa Hotel, which wears its anti-Americanism in big brass letters. The U.S. State Department says terrorism is a problem here, but allows Americans to visit. But what to do when this grinning beefy fellow steps up with a welcome and an offer to carry your bags?

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