Saturday, December 27, 2008

On the Road Again

So the other day I found myself on the road to Bagram. There's a pretty regular shuttle flight from Kabul to get there, but since I hardly ever get a chance to go out and see what there is to see in Afghanistan, I'd rather drive.

Traffic in Kabul is always a bit of an adventure. This trip was pretty mild. There were no especially frightening moments. We did have a near collision in one of the traffic circles. Then, moments later, a passing car tried to merge into us. Along the way they snagged our front bumper cover and pulled it almost all the way off:
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Once we kicked the bumper cover off, the rest of the drive was thoroughly uneventful, so I'm afraid I really don't have all that much to say about it. I did snap a bunch of pictures on the way:
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Scattered along the sides of the road in construction zones were dozens of small boys who I'm told make a few cents here and there by filling potholes:
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I've made mention of all the dogs I keep seeing on the roads out here. So far this is by far the healthiest one I've seen (probably because of his exercise regimen):
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On the way back into Kabul, I spotted yet another burnt-out Soviet tank:
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And when we were finally in town again I caught a few more random scenes. Here's a typical Kabul commuter:
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And someone's less-than-effective security wall. Patchwork like this can be seen all over town:
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And because it wouldn't be Afghanistan without it, here's a shot of an open sewer:
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To wrap it all up, here's a bus with a political message:
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More to come. Stay tuned.

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