How’s this for entertainment? We go mountain climbing. Ok, lots of people go mountain climbing, but do they do it with guns and on the lookout for insurgents? Kabul is at 5,900 feet above sea-level, which is supposedly the second highest capital city in the world or darned close. The mountains that ring Kabul are an additional 2,500 – 3,500 feet higher. We typically climb with our Brit buddies, some Afghans and some of our own troops. Now if we were being forced to do this as part of training, we’d bitch the whole way. For fun? That’s different.
People selling things are everywhere. Produce vendors are on almost every street and for the most part the produce looks pretty good. I had some local melon yesterday at breakfast and I eat local eggs almost every morning. The tomatoes are particularly good.
Kabul is crowded. The city has grown six times its prewar size. Prewar population was 700,000…current population is 4.5 million. These “cliff houses” are actually the more traditional form of Afghan housing. With almost everything on the valley floor spoken for, people have built up the steep hill slopes that rise from the middle of the city.
Goats. You see them everywhere, even in the middle of busy traffic circles.
More later. I’ve got a busy day of writing and visiting other blogs tomorrow. It was nice that our Muslim “weekend” coincided with our 4th of July Holiday this year. But for us it is just a single day off. On Saturday the new Muslim work week begins.