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Asia » Afghanistan » East » Jalalabad April 28th 2011

(I'm not in Jalalabad - but I can't get the computer to bring up Vietnam!!!) Well OK folks, you'll be pleased to hear that the holiday is back on track after yesterday's unpleasantness. Today I had the whole day to myself and I played the lazy hours like they were a saxophone. (I can't claim credit for that line I'm afraid). Anyway decided good policy decision for the day was to cover up as much flesh as possible as sunburn still pretty angry (don't tell my Mum). So I indulged in a little light browsing round the shops of Nha Trang - virtually burka clad apart from a bright, red nose peeling great tracts of skin. And a very pleasant morning it was as I doffled gently around the shops. Late morning I discovered a fabulous ... read more

Asia » Afghanistan » South » Helmand March 23rd 2011

I blinked and missed spring. It had been cold here. Not the biting cold of Kyrgyzstan, but chilly nonetheless. The chilly winter broke into bright balmy days with cool nights. For about 2 days last week, it was absolutely beautiful. I daresay breathtaking, if you can ignore the bland barren brown landscape dotted with flies. I even saw a couple of girls in the bathroom who thought it would be a great idea to lay out in the sun from 11-1 in tiny shorts. Needless to say their legs looked like lobsters in the bathroom. A-- it's a desert, B -- they're very white to begin with, and C -- they're taking doxycycline, a medication to prevent malaria, which also happens to make you very sensitive to the sun. Not the brightest stars in the sky. ... read more
Does anyone have a saddle?
Happy St Patty's Day!
Fun Coffee Grinder

Asia » Afghanistan » East » Kabul March 2nd 2011

In urma cu o luna am sarbatorit ziua micutei in Dubai. Pe motive de boala (sotul meu a facut o pneumonie foarte urata) a trebuit sa plecam din Kabul, in cautarea unui loc mai cald si cu aer mai curat. Cred ca prima data cand mi-am dorit sa ajung in Dubai a fost in urma cu 20 de ani. Un vis mai vechi, care s-a metamorfozat intr-o amintire aparte. Am asista la o cursa de cai, am vazut cum se antreneaza camilele pentru curse si am fost extrem de surprinsa sa descopar ca un soim are un GPS atasat printre pene. Citeam undeva ca un baiat continua sa se joace odata devenit adult, doar valoarea jucariilor se schimba. Dupa experienta din Dubai, am ajuns sa cred ca seicii au poate cele mai scumpe jucarii din lume. ... read more
piscina in desert
soimi
resort

Asia » Afghanistan » South » Helmand February 19th 2011

Month 2 is coming up quickly. Not much has changed, but we're all settling into our routines a little more. Mine now includes a panini for lunch pretty regularly. Maggie and I have it down to a science. We do some "shopping" at the DFAC, where we get wraps, ham, pastrami, turkey, swiss and provolone cheese. For hers she gets some other weird stuff she adds (chinese noodles, green apples, raisins, pickles. Weird!) We've found that the secret ingredient is pesto! Once the pesto is on the grill and cooking, the aroma it sends out is like a siren for everyone around us. People come to investigate, and we end up making extra paninis. It's been fun though! The highlight of the deployment, for some of the people. The only limiting factor for a really amazing ... read more
British Medicine
Sea Monkeys!
Awesome Cake!

Asia » Afghanistan » South » Helmand February 9th 2011

First, I have to warn you that this is a long blog entry. This covers the first month of life in Afghanistan, and the current conditions here. I’ve been here a month (as of Jan 30) and have settled into a routine. Life in the ghan is much as it was in Al Asad last year. There are some key differences, but deployment life is slow and relaxed (for medical, anyways) and I have lots of time to attain personal goals. Last deployment, my goals were to get my FMF pin, run a marathon, and get my MCMAP (Marine Corps martial arts) belt. I did 2 out of three (the first two) and had a decent deployment. This time, my goals are to do some research, and not run another marathon (haha). Seriously, there is one ... read more
TOA
Me and Merrilyn
Me and Merrilyn

Asia » Afghanistan » East » Kabul January 29th 2011

In primele mele zile în Kabul mă deplasam timid în linie dreaptă de la apartamentul nostru spre şcoală şi înapoi, făceam cumpărăturile la magazinul din colţ, ceea ce însemna că nici măcar o stradă nu trebuia să traversez. Pe partea „mea” de stradă treceam pe lângă un bărbier şi un „propriety dealer”, nici magazinele de pe cealaltă parte a străzii nu le cunoşteam. Prima „escapadă” a fost să trec strada, să descopăr magazinele de pe partea opusă (un magazin foto, unul cu maşini de cusut şi accesorii pentru croitorie, brutăria, o croitorie, magazinul unui pictor) iar apoi, cutezătoare, m-am extins spre stânga, tot în linie dreaptă (spre o croitorie). Împreună cu soţul meu m-am încumetat să merg pe jos pană la „French Bakery”, un magazin cu produse de panificaţie şi lactate, ceea ce deja însemna „ieşire” ... read more
magazinul foto de peste drum si proprietarul lui
in fata magazinului din colt
interioriul magazinul din colt

Asia » Afghanistan » East » Kabul January 24th 2011

Vanochtend kreeg ik een curieus verzoek van een aantal studenten. Er is vorige week een groepje studenten uit Uruzgan aangekomen in Kabul die hier een opleiding gaan doen tot leraar in het landbouwonderwijs. Na een opleiding van 2 jaar gaan ze terug naar Uruzgan om daar les te geven in een nieuwe landbouwschool die we dit jaar gaan bouwen. Deze groep (het zijn allemaal jongens, in de leeftijd van 18-24 jaar) heeft 6 jaar middelbare school gevolgd in Uruzgan. Maar de kwaliteit van het onderwijs in het zuiden is zo slecht dat ze eerst een inhaalcursus krijgen in Kabul, en daarna instromen in de 2-jarige opleiding voor leraar in de landbouw. De provincies Kandahar, Helmand, en ook Uruzgan, zijn de bakermat van de Pashtun en van de Taliban. De jongens zitten nog helemaal vast in hun ... read more
Russische gevechtshelicopter
Hoofddoeken
Eten op z'n Afghaans

Asia » Afghanistan » East » Kabul January 11th 2011

După 2 luni petrecute în Olanda, iată-ne din nou pe drumuri. De data asta, zburăm via Dubai. Îmbrăcaţi ca pentru -5 grade, ieşim din clădirea luxoasă a aeroportului Dubai să respirăm puţin aer proaspăt, ora locală 1 noaptea, şi ne trezim într-o dulce noapte de vară, cu 22 de grade. Câţiva „şeici” cum îmi place mie să le spun, de fapt tineri plictisiţi pentru că trebuie să muncească la controlul paşapoartelor (un fel de „armată obligatorie” de pe vremuri, pentru că altfel aici localnicii nu trebuie să muncească), ne-au ţinut frumos în rând aproape 45 de minute. Panourile publicitare, care-mi arată acelaşi film la infinit, promit o vacanţă de vis celor care vor să petreacă şi măcar o zi în Dubai. Aş vrea şi eu, sinceră să fiu, după ce simt căldura nopţii, să mă „retrag” ... read more
lumanari

Asia » Afghanistan » East » Kabul January 11th 2011

Toen we na Nieuwjaar terug gingen naar Kabul dachten veel mensen in Nederland dat we weer naar de warmte zouden gaan. Niets is minder waar. Als je van Nederland naar Afghanistan gaat, ga je wel een beetje richting zuiden, maar vooral naar het oosten. Afghanistan heeft een landklimaat, met hete zomers en koude winters. Daar komt bij dat Kabul hoog in de bergen ligt, zo’n 1800 meter boven zeeniveau. Dan koelt het ’s winters snel af. Als overdag de zon schijnt komt de temperatuur soms net boven het vriespunt uit, maar ’s nachts vriest het dat het kraakt. De huizen hier zijn niet zo degelijk gebouwd als in Nederland, en van isolatie hebben ze nog nooit gehoord. Sommige huizen hebben een schoorsteen, maar de meeste huizen hebben dat niet. En ook geen ingebouwde verwarming uiteraard. Dat ... read more
gaskachel
koken bij kaarslicht

Asia » Afghanistan » East » Kabul December 14th 2010

Wat weten wij eigenlijk maar weinig van de Islam, van haar cultuur, en van de verschillende opvattingen over de Islam in de Islamitische wereld. Dit jaar begon op 7 december Muharram, de eerste maand van de Islamitische kalender. Komende donderdag, 16 december, is het de tiende dag, 10 Muharram dus. De moslims vieren op die dag Ashura. Het Arabische woord “ashura” betekent letterlijk “tiende”. De eerste 10 dagen van Muharram vormen een speciale periode van voorbereiding, zoals we bij het christendom de adventstijd hebben voor Kerst, of de stille weken voor Pasen. Ashura is de dag waarop de Islam herdenkt dat de kleinzoon van de Profeet Mohammed, Hussein ibn Ali, is gesneuveld bij de slag om Kabbala. Daar vocht Hussein ibn Ali een veldslag uit tegen Yazid de eerste. Dat was een heerser die volgens de ... read more
taxi met vlag
ereboog bij het kruispunt
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