Published: November 19th 2009April 27th 2009
KAF!!! One word, DUSTY!!!!!!!
This place is huge!!! I would say 95% of the population here are guys, and by far, the Americans are the worst when it comes to chasing down women. At first it felt good to have all the attentions, the stares and the waves, but now that I have been here for over three weeks, it does gets annoying. I have a nice comfy room, and I plan on sleeping in a sleeping bag on my bed for 6 months.
I would have to say that, I work very hard everyday, and that I officially hate Tim Hortons.
Half way done
Since I've been here...let's see...I have witnessed the pavement of the roads...less dust thank god!
I met a very nice Canadian man who works the flight line security. I had 2 days worth of VIP tour of the flight line. Got some really nice pictures of the airplanes. I even got the oportunity to play around inside the blackhawk and got my picture taken with the U.S army in front of the blackhawk! It was awesome!!!
I think KAF is a very random place. One minute we are driving
dusty dusty road
around the airfield and 5 minutes later, we are driving down the airfield with a minefield right next to us. Oh yea and did I mention that I saw a couple of flight attendants on the boardwalk a few days ago??? Yea totally random!!!
Pete his name was...also showed me inside the Comkaf headquarters. I think it's awesome inside and out. I mean there is so much history inside that place. There was hundreds of bullet holes on the walls from when the taliban was there years ago and it felt so surreal to be in this place.
The boardwalk...AKA. "downtown". Yup that is the place where everyone hangs out...buy food, go shopping, people watch, whatever to pass the time. It's amazing what you can find in this place.
Burger King, Subway (very gross btw!), Green Beans, Tim Horton's, Ice cream shop and Pizza Hut. Funny to say but the prices are very reasonable unlike back here in Canada where a sandwich can cost you 5$ and they expect you to tip! Hey! Where else can you find slush for 1$???!!!
The gym....I am
My side of the room
such a genius...I brought so many gym clothes thinking..." oh im going to have so much freetime so im gonna go to the gym more often" YEA RIGHT!!!!!! The gym in KAF is not like the gym back home...oh no no...it is so different. Let me compare the gym back home to the gym in KAF.
The gym back home, the people who goes there are not fit, don't look really good and they don't stare at you. The gym in KAF, the guys there are hot, fit and they stare at you. Get the picture? I went once, was too intimidated and never went back again. So my gym clothes became my PJ's.
The Dining Facility (D-Fac), there was many different ones to choose from. The Niagra which caters to North American taste. The luxembourgh is belgium. Cambridge is Indian/British and Far East which is supposed to be Asian food but taste nothing like asian food. Luxembourgh was my favorite as the food there seems to be more fresh and better cooked. In the end though, everything pretty much taste the same. Can you believe it cost the tax payers 55$ a day
Riding on the Herc
to feed me? It cost about 17$/ meal to eat in there. The food certainly isn't worth 17$!!! Many people eventually complain about eating in there after a few months in KAF, but really...I couldn't care less, it is edible; yes it is repetitive but c'mon! Were miles from home and lucky to be eating actual food and not rations!
Role 3 Multinational Hospital. I had the opportunity to visit this hospital thanks to my friend Jacob who is a medic at Role 3. I had the chance to meet a young boy about 12 who was brought in for treatment as he got blasted by a mine. Seeing him really touched me and once again was reminded where I was and stuff like this happens everyday.
I love my country! Canada has the best benefits in the world and I would never trade my citizenship for anything! I get 35 minutes every week to call home and of course if I don't use those minutes it keeps adding up. Free internet. The only thing that I hate is that there is a 30 minutes limit on the computers so
At Role 3
if I want to stay longer then I would have to log in and out again. But I guess it's to let other people have a chance on the computer.
24 days leave (inc. travel time) with a 3000$ allowance to go wherever you want in the world!!!!
When I want over the counter medicine, I just show up at the role 1 clinic, fill out some papers, ask for what I want and I shall get....for free!!!!!!!!! Free DVD rentals with new releases every month.
And a BBQ and 2 beers once a month. Life is good!
So how did I celebrate Canada day in KAF? Let's just say that it was a hell of a party!!! Tim Horton's closed early ( yeah I know!!!! shocker!!!) there was activities all day long followed by a huge BBQ with beer for all the Canadians. There was dancing and prizes to be won. It was a crazy fun day only to be interrupted by a rocket attack...yeap Taliban decided to crash the party, sucks that we had to end it early. But here's the thing...how come they decide to crash our party and not the
I keep my friends and family close
July 4th celebration??? How is that fair!!!????
July 10th - Aug 2nd 2008
WHooo hooo I leave for my well deserved HLTA!!! Maldives, Egypt and Crete here I come!!!
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