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This is my second go around in the country of Afghanistan. I was deployed here for 6 months last year. This time will be for at least 1 year. It has been a challenge being away from family and friends.
The job we are doing here is very rewarding. The people are hard working and devoted to their country. The landscape is very beautiful and diverse. It is unlike any place on earth I have ever been before. I will post photos as time permits.
Ah... downtown Kabul. Anybody who has ever been here will know what I am talking about. It is a magical and bizarre place. There is so much hustle and bustle going on, you'd think you were in NYC.
DO NOT think that you can just leisurely drive through this city! To ensure there is a next ime, you must remain alert and constantly be looking out for everyone and everything. The rules of the road are much different here than probably anywhere else on earth. Pedestrians with the right of way...I don't think so. Whoever has the biggest vehicle has the right of way. Sad, but true.
Another thing to watch out for are the street vendors. Appearing from nowhere, these vendor and their carts will tye up traffic for several minutes. Drivers in Kabul will honk their horns at EVEYTHING. It is almost comical. I think they also import some special kind of horn. They sound like a cross be tween an 18 wheeler and old time circus organ - very loud and obnxious.
The people are truly what make Afghanistan. They are a resourceful lot that can tackle anything. I have seen a chunk of metal rod turn into a new tie-rod right before my eyes.
National pride is everywhere. As evident from the recent Presidental elections. Afghans citizens were willing to risk everything for the chance to vote. The rest of the world could take notes on that. "My vote doesn't count"...that lame excuse didn't work here! Everyone in the U.S. that didn't vote should be ashamed of themselves.
Democracy isn't free, the cost is just different for each of us.
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