Thursday, August 28, 2008

Some Early Morning Views in Kabul

Here are some pictures I took Thursday morning (28 August) around 6 AM. The city is coming to life as the sun rises. By 6:30 it is downright busy!

I done thought I woke up in the mountains of east Tennessee!
Look at all the tires on the rooftops!
This is a row of about ten different tire shops.

The waterboys.
I was once asked about how the water gets up to the cliff houses.
Well, it starts at the well where virtually anything that can carry water is filled.
Then the containers are slung on poles and carried up to the houses.

The sun hasn't quite touched the Kuchi camp yet, but the goatherd is already out.

A quiet residential neighborhood. A great shortcut since there is less traffic.
Note the open sewer on the right of the picture.

Kuchi Dog.
In general, Muslims don't keep dogs. They are considered "unclean."
However, given how healthy and well-fed many dogs in Kabul appear,
the dogs are not doing too poorly.
The Kuchi may not "keep" dogs, but they seem to appreciate their presence.
Dogs like this one move with the Kuchi, providing early warning from threats.

Old cemetary in "Old Town."
This is all that remains of the grave markers, however the locals know what lies beneath.
This is one of those empty parcels of land that squatters and vendors do not set up upon.

Just look at that produce!
Cauliflower, red cabbage, green cabbage, ginger, onions, potatoes, egg plant, zuchinni, cucumbers, roma tomatoes, okra, green beans, yellow beans, lemons, limes, turnips, plums, squash and a cucumber-like local vegetable.
I like the way the shadow landed on this stand.


Vodka Mom said...

Your site is STUNNING! Just stunning. you've earned a bookmark, and If I can find a MINUTE a spot on the blogroll!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Love that farmer's market pic. Great overall though. Glad you were up to get them. I'd probably still been asleep. Although come to think of it I've been up early all days this week.

J. L. Krueger said...

Vodka Mom,

Thanks...I shall reciprocate. And I found your site quite humorous! I'm always looking for funny blogs and yours didn't disappoint.


That market picture took me by surprise with the way the colors came out. I hate mornings, but oddly enough I've spent my adult life in an occupation that "does more before 9AM than most people do all day."

I eat the produce too. It's great! The melons, tomatoes and other fruits are particularly good.

The Muse said...

Hi J.L!

The pictures are awesome! I always love to see early morning shots. The shadows, the sun, the color...Beautiful! I especially love the photos with the mountains in the background.

With all that's going on in the country, it seems soooo serene.

I hope you have a good weekend!

Ello said...

Your pictures are just amazing! OK I have a request. Can you take a picture of a typical meal in Kabul? I would love to see an authentic meal if possible.

I would even want to see the mess hall food pictures! You know I love food!

Vodka Mom said...

pssssssst. Waiting for more photos!!!