Which year were you in Afghanistan, John? I would like to go there as soon as it becomes safe enough. Dont know how long that will take though.
It was 1969 and even then the countryside was dangerous.
I was travelling on a bus between Kandahar and Kabul when it was hailed by a group of people at the roadside. The bus stopped to pick them up but, when the first two people got on board, they hauled two people off the bus and shot them at the roadside. The bus then drove off as though nothing had happened!
It wasn't all bad though. I'll tell you the story about the Kandahar Police Band and me and ganja when we meet! I loved Afghanistan and the people I met there.
Who else could have a proverb that says:
When the stone falls on the egg - alas for the egg. When the egg falls on the stone - alas for the egg.
I read some of what Tony Wheeler(Lonely Planet owner) says about travelling in Afghanistan in the 60s and what His Dudeness
says about travelling there now. It seems so exotic, untouched and troubled. I want to see what it is like for real, but certainly I dont want to be there when it is as dangerous as it is right now.
....when the first two people got on board, they hauled two people off the bus and shot them at the roadside. The bus then drove off as though nothing had happened!
That is the sort of think I hope I never witness. I dont think I could bear to see horrific things happen and not be able to do anything about it.
Do you have blogs about Afganistan? If so, would you post the links here. I would love to read more about what it was like there in 1969.
A link to Bedreddin's Afghanistan, Finally
. His writing style is pretty controversial at times in most of his blogs, and all experiences differ from one another, but nonetheless it's a recent account of time spent in Afghanistan that I enjoyed reading.
I am certainly going to read that one Jon. I will wait until it is safer before I go there, but in the meantime I will enjoy the experiences of others.
Warzones remain stigmatised long after they become peaceful, but soon after the war ends many tourists arrive who are curious about what happened before. Take Sarajevo for example, or Rwanda. The trick is to pick a time when it is perfectly safe to go there but while people haven't cottoned on to that fact.
I think this guys blogs will be interesting to follow, since he is stationed in Afghanistan at the moment.
I am a medic in the Illinois National Guard currently serving in Afghanistan.
Since I am new to the forum so I don't know much of this forum, I am a local and well travelled in my country if any one has any question or looking for any info on a particular area please feel free to post. I would be happy to share my first hand travel experiences and info with you guys on the forum.