Live From Kabul

I’m thrashing this entry out very much on the back of a fag packet.  I have a ten minute gap in my day and wanted to rest the old Nomadic kit bag for a moment and pause for breath.  I’ll shower in a moment.

 

I have arrived in Kabul.  The sun is shining brightly and the city actually looks as if it is sparkling, traffic is moving, bicycles, blue burkha clad women shopping with their children at stalls bursting with fresh fruit, vegetables, cooking pots, rows of car exhausts (? A bizarre impulse buy), alongside the streets we drove down. The mountains loom over the city providing a backdrop of small houses like brown cardboard boxes dotted up the slopes.  Well more on that soon enough.  The cynicism will kick in, in about…..oh….ten minutes, so enjoy the romantic description whilst it lasts.

 

My journey here was uneventful.  The Kam Air flight didn’t crash into a mountain as feared (although it is odd flying through valleys with peaks either side of you).  In fact the most distressing thing was not getting to watch the end of North by North West which was interrupted by the captain of the Emirates flight to Dubai saying we should prepare to land.

 

More later, of course, but loved ones rest assured – the Taliban may blow up mobile phone masts, but the power of the internet is a force to be reckoned with (at least in those VERY well protected parts of town, and where people can afford a connection).  Nuff said.  I will be in touch.

 

PS – Apparently there was a suicide bomber strolling around town this morning, suffice to say he didn’t detonate anywhere near Nomadic……

 

 

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4 responses to “Live From Kabul

  1. You are an incredibly brave woman! I wish that you have a good and safe time at your destination, achieve the goals of your visit, and SAFELY return home! In the meanwhile, I will look forward to new interesting posts! Take care!

    Natalie

  2. Reports of my bravery have been wildly exagerated! I have been welcomed by lovely people, good food and in a pretty place to stay. I feel a bit of a sham! But thanks anyway x

  3. Hile, traveller!

    Afghanistan is a country that has fascinated me for years. Rich culture, sad history and immense landscapes. I’ll be watching this spot closely for more news. 😀

    Travel safe out there and post pictures.

  4. What an interesting and intriguing life you lead! Our very own “Christiane Armanpour”. Thank you for sharing! Keep safe – Nards

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