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    Kabul, Kabul & Eastern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    Les fêtes des ONG n'ont rien à envier aux soirées + de 28 ans de l'Amnésia. C'est une ville dangereuse (kidnapping, attentats suicides et à la voiture piégée, brigandage), hygiène lamentable, femmes seules : évitez de voyager, et pour le transport : prévoir pas mal d'inchallah, activités : boire du thé l'après-midi et faire du shopping à Chickenstreet et pour les têtes brûlées le triple saut dans les champs de mines du Shamali.
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    Kabul, Kabul & Eastern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    Never walk alone !! or you risk being raped/kidnaped/stabed/muged/murdered/shot/blow up...can happen in a group...or bitten by a crazy dog....other than that a freaking great place to visit !!! =)
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    Feyzabad, Mazar-e Sharif & Northeastern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    The poppyfields on Final Approach to the runway is something to be seen. Also, the runway is a metal plate runway...not great for soft landings. Generally, i wouldnt want to spend more time there than I really have to.
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    Kabul, Kabul & Eastern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    Fabulous Darling, like no place else I've ever been. Hustle and bustle on the dirty streets with open sewers and bullet ridden and dilapidated buildings gives way to peaceful green serenity once you step inside the gates of a walled-in compound. There you are met with green grass, blooming flowers, understated but warm smiles, a helping hand, warm tea, and a thick wall to block out noise from the street.

    True, the occasional land mine detonation and heavily armed locals hired to be security guards add to the mystique but don't forget to look up in the trees and spot wayward kites left by kite runners or catch a glimpse of the stunning mountains surrounding the city. Note: best not to venture up INTO those mountains as they could have left-over mines in them, best just to imagine what that beautiful trek might be like...

    There is so much more to Kabol that someone who lives there could tell you but these are my there-10-days impressions.

    Favortie Things: Food. Food. Food. People.People. People.
    Least Favorite Thing: Driving next to a military convoy - target!

    The airport looks like chaos but make no mistake, everyone knows what they are doing there just follow the lines and smile. Act like you know what you are doing.

    Check out the fortress/palace outside of town but as per the signs please refrain from taking pictures (unless you just can't help it).

    No PDA with the opposite sex unless you want to look like a freak show. Same sex affection in public is common and you will see men holding hands as they go.

    Where to stay? Guest Lodge, guest lodge, guest lodge - the fancy Western hotel while stunningly beautiful and modern is a terrorist target and was bombed this last year. Try Kabul Lodge: MOB 079423562 070271821

    Street shopping is fine and novel but if you want some nice, expensive authentic threads with a western twist try Tarsian and Blinkley (on the web for more info).

    If you start giving out money you will soon become very popular with the beautiful local children who will ALL break your heart if you don't unload your pockets - best to give to an organization or entity that provides releif.

    ANY attempt at the language will be MUCH appreciated but hire a guide/driver to get you where you need to go and help you find your way around the city. Just try not to make 'em drive you into a part of town that has ethnic clashes with their own people group - it's not really fun to see your GUIDE anxious and sweaty.

    It's COLD at night and everything is heated with propane gas space heaters so bring warm clothes/socks/hats to sleep in starting in early fall.

    Pack a roll of TP just in case but be sure NOT TO PUT IT DOWN THE TOILET - trash can is best. There ARE western toilets but a little hand sanitizer might come in handy as soap is not really part of the deal.

    Um, nightlife - suggestion: don't really try and go out too much at night unless you are being taken by a local or expat living there. Wandering foreigners are frowned upon and considered vulnerable. A local will take you to a nice restaurant or lounge and know when its time to go.

    P.S. Women, cover your head for pete's sake! No need to don a burqua simply use a long scarf to cover hair and neck. You may pull it off when going into a Western Compund. Pants under skirts are the deal (long skirts if you are older, shorter if you are young), cover up but by all means, wear your makeup and don't look like a slouch. Eye contact with men is not really part of the culture so keep it to a minimum and keep it all business. Expect to be separated to women's quarters if socializing with locals, not such a big deal in western circles. No one expects you to know all the rules just give it your best shot!

    Enjoy!
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    Kandahar, Kandahar & Southern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    watch you step and keep it moving
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    Kabul, Kabul & Eastern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    Wear gloves. ALWAYS wear gloves. Unless your eating at an actual eating establishment WEAR YOUR GLOVES. Trust me, nasty diseases and whatnot lurk. The local markets are a good source for small cheap relics going all the way back to the days of Alexzander the Great. Remember that they do not have traffic laws. 4 deep on a two-lane is not uncommon. And if your one of the chosen to drive in convoys, never, EVER let anyone cut in between or pass. But you probably already know that. Go to the French camps for wine, German Camps for liquor, and American camps for food. Unless you like curry with every meal. Oh, and shop around for a good tailor, you can get some pimp suits for 40 or so dollars. WASH YOUR HANDS
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    Bagram, Kabul & Eastern Afghanistan, Afghanistan
    I would hate to be stationed here since alot of the stateside military politics will carry over (dunno if it's the brass or the branches...). Otherwise, I great place to visit after being in some more hairy parts of Afghanistan. Get some burgerking, check out the BX/PX. The market is pretty slick. If you know the right people there, you can trade in the M-16 musket they gave you at your home station for an M-4. I, however, was not one of those lucky people, lol.... Also, if your just catching hops from one place to the other, you shouldn't have to spend more than 12 hours here. Ask about the mail flights and helo flights.
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