Musings in Kabul......
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The weather is getting colder here, last night was 1 degree, only to get worse......last night I arrived from Dubai later then expected as the window on tbe left side at the cockpit was cracked, we had to turn back after half an hour out of Dubai.....only to leave at 8pm. Now Kabul airport closes at 9pm.....so they reopened it for our aircraft to land at 11pm......how cool is that? :) Flying into Kabul at night is not a great idea though :(
Great party at Koepke last night, Inga was going away for good after being here for 16 months, back to Georgia. I used to work in an international airport but I must say being here has me meeting from all corners of the world! First time I ever met a Macedonian was here too.
They started a huge bonfire for those who prefer to stand outside(namely smokers) , nice ambience though the smoke smell sticks to everything! Had a really good time last night, takes time to know people, even though I've met them a few times already................
The weather has been better than I expected, was told by now it'll snow.
I decided to go to an company that makes 'proper' bread instead of buying it from the shops....this company provides for military places & foreign businesses...now I presume this happens only in Kabul...I bought 2 loaves of bread & some crossaints, for US19 & had 4 invoices! Computer generated, stamped & signed like I had purchased electronics or something worth more....after walking across the compound to pay, I had to come back & collect the stuff.
Apparently a lot of stealing & pilferage happens at these places, thus the 4 invoices. Expats & locals alike has stolen from time to time, even absconded with huge sums of money. Such is the drama of buying bread!
Today marks the first snowfall in Kabul.....big fat snowflakes!......Bomb blast near Bagram Air Base today........2 killed....
The New Year's party at Rumi was quite happening......of course people were drinking, smoking & doing way too much weed, but it was good by Kabul standards.
Zoran's birthday party on 22nd Jan was like a Balkan party :)...they are so fun.....even though they may have met each other(in some case) for the first time. Most of the former Yugoslav state people get along fine, Serbs, Croatians, Macedonians etc.....some may have fought each other at some point but here in Kabul, they bond over songs, cuisine & dance.
Coming home last night we were stopped at our turning by the military, they flash a green light from a distance to make vehicles stop. We were by the roadside for a good 15 minutes as a convoy of about 30 military vehicles from trucks to tank came by on the other side of the road. Coming from Singapore the only time I see such a display is on National Day....:).......very interesting indeed....
I was invited by a close colleague to dinner at his family home, his wife has been asking for me to come visit for a while now. It was very nice of them, the wole family (3 generations) stayed in an apartment, his parents, his brother & sister, his wife & kids.
They had quite a spread for me, it was so sweet of them & his kids are adorable. It was the first time I've been to a local household & I must say that they are very hospitable, warm & welcoming. They welcomed me like a member of the family, suffice to say I shall be back for another visit but I am cooking this time :):)
On Friday I had lunch at my friend's sister's place, this family is so affectionate! Lots of hugs & kisses exchanged between the different generations, I am very happy to see this.
We visited a cemetery close to the mountains after lunch, to pay respects to Mitra's(my friend's wife) late mother, it's obvious that she misses her mom :( her mother passed away 2 weeks after coming back from Haj 2 years ago. The cemetery goes up the side of the mountain, with the poor living at the top of the mountain, they carry water in buckets all the way up.