March 6th, 2014
No one cares about birthdays or saying kind things or even giving the person a congrats. Shameful really. I think this country would be a bit more positive if people acknowledged each other on their day and said, “hope you have a nice year.” They don’t know how to cut the cake, serve it and enjoy.
Very sad really. Kids don’t know these things and adults could give a rat’s ………………………..
February 11th, 2014
I’ve watched both summer and winter Olympics in Afghanistan many times. Time ticks away and the number of months and years that I have logged in AFG lengthens. for that I am happy and proud. I wonder when I will start dreaming in Pashtu.
February 6th, 2014
Kabul has finally gotten a deep pile of barf.
We have been waiting and we are all happy.
January 29th, 2014
Just over a week ago Kabul was rocked by the attack on a restaurant killing 21 people. Within this week several bombers blew themselves up against Afghan Police forces. Lots of “posturing” to let people know. In the meantime Karzai says he won’t sign the agreement with US to keep troops here and security strong unless the US stops giving money to the Pakistan government. Each day at work, we sit and think about how to plan programming and staff location with the upcoming election on April 5th. Who stays in country? Which internationals leave for some time? How do we handle programming in the field during that time. School would have just started for the year, and then elections, with many polling places located at schools. Will the Ministry of Education begin school early? Will they just wait until the whole election process is over? Everything is a moving target here. Makes one work on Plan A, B, C, D, E, F……………………….
January 17th, 2014
The bomb could be felt from 10 blocks away. The small arm fire fight was just as clear.
14 people have been killed so far.
Kabul favorite restaurant amongst the foreigner crowd, was attacked with a body born bomb attack followed by lots of small arms fire.
foreigners and nationals dead
If you have ever eaten at La Taverna, you will join me in hoping that the little boy who begged every night in front of the place, come rain, wind or shine, didn’t get caught up in the event.
January 11th, 2014
Well the yearly frozen pipe, hold off on a shower season has arrived, but of course, the 6 inch flood I arrived home to after vacation happened before the deep freeze moved in.
December 31st, 2013
The grow them good down here
December 14th, 2013
Wow – what a place. I get my energy from the ocean, yet I am refreshed by those big hills.
Kathmandu for a training in Early Childhood Education. Good Stuff. I wish I could set up a preschool in every village in Afghanistan, full of great toys, dress up corners, blocks, sand and water tables and craft corners.
Anyone want to help?
November 28th, 2013
For the past many years, a few friends and I hosted a huge Thanksgiving day meal, fresh turkey and all. They have moved outside and so tonight I sit here cooking Raman noodles, wondering why I am alone in the world. Thankful i’m healthy. Thankful I have friends somewhere in the world. Thankful my mom is healthy. But eating Raman noodles alone watching BBC news.
November 25th, 2013
It housed the most VIPs this past week. I returned now that it’s safe here, and the amount of dust, pollution, traffic, and people horrifies me.
Anywhere But Kabul or Bust (a lung with garbage air)