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PHOTO : One Of The Mountains, During End Of Winter.
During my first visit, the problem can be seen. USSR can say they are gaining foot hold there. Nearly 50% young officers and army technicians were trained in the USSR. Economy and development of this country running by USSR representatives....further more in educations, USSR shown their color. To late to look back, I think. The machine of the KGB was already moving in his direction.
Written Aug 24, 2002
PHOTO : The Rugged Surface Tography Of One
Location In Afghanistan. Advantage In Gurilla Warfare.
At last US have to put their hand there via a *covert source*. This action taken to safe guard their intrests at IRAN and Sub Continent of INDIA...the cold war still at the peak. Marxist-Leninist try to penetrate along Iran and Turkey border. Maoism ( communist party of China ) will go down to Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and India.
Written Aug 24, 2002
Favorite thing: Hi,
I have found some best quality Afghanistan websites which contains only Afghanistan materials free of charge, No Adult content.
here are the links of it.
Afghan Jokes http://www.AfghaniJokes.com
Afghanistan Photos http://www.AfgPictures.com
Afghanistan Forum http://www.AfghanistanForums.com
Afghan Complaints Board http://www.AfghanComplaints.com
Written Aug 2, 2010
Favorite thing: I just got back from Kabul, Herat, Baghlan, Mazar and Ankoi. (see my pre-travel post dated December). Kabul and Afghanistan are very expensive. You can thank the NGOS for that. Their company pays the expenses, and no-one seems to care about high prices, or cant do anything about it. And there may be a security premium added to the price. The one I stayed at was good concidering circumstances, with good security. ($80.00 per day). I do not want to mention the name , but if one wants to correspond by email I may. Outside of Kabul you can expect $30.00 to $80.00 with less security. Conditions in Herat are better. Most NGOs and expats in Kabul are not allowed to walk the streets. Their companies forbid it. If you are traveling on your own, like I was you can do whatever you want. Businesses that cater to foreigners don't have any signs, so it's a bit difficult to get around at first. Taxis are cheap and convenient, but don't take any taxi that approaches you (for obvious reasons), you need to approach them. And they will have no idea where you want to go. My first five days in Kabul saw three IEDs, but it's a big city, and your risk of getting caught in one is small. Take a lot of money, or better, several ATM cards. Is a cash society. A few ATMS take plastic and dispense USD.
Fondest memory: i missed food, good clean food.
Written Jul 4, 2008
Favorite thing: This is Afghan side of Pak-Afghan Torkhum border. Most of the travelers are using illegal channels to travel in Afghanistan like from Dera Ismail Khan into Paktia and Paktika as such are bit safe and short distance and as there is no rule of law inside the country so one only need to keep some extra money in the pockets to give to the officials wherever one is going to be questioned same on this route too however. But as it is still bit dangerous and lengthy, most of the frequent visitors travel from the other sides. But those who do not have any familiarity with the country and are going for some genuine purpose are strictly suggested to get a real visa from Afghan Embassy in Islamabad instead of 15 days permit letter and use this proper way of Torkhum border (if intending for Kabul) or Chamman border (if intending for Kandhar). Something one must to remember, everyone from the first person (immigration officer), who will put an entry stamp on passport to all the rest will expect some money, and they will not feel shy or sin.
Written Nov 7, 2004
Favorite thing: So, I thought I'd share my getting a VISA experience if anyone would find it helpful.
The Afghanistan Embassy in Peshawar, is close to Saddar Road (it has recently moved, post Taliban).
As a US citizen, the VISA cost $30, which seemed to be what other European counties would be charged as well.
You need to drop off the VISA application in the morning (9a-noon) on Tues or Wed, and the process takes 2 days, though the guy was nice and did it 1 day for us. You have to go through a little interview to answer where you plan to stay in Kabul, etc.
You pay the fee at a bank close by, and then come back with a receipt.
Well, I found the staff at the Embassy to be very friendly.
I had to get a reentry VISA to Pakistan in Peshawar as well, as I originally entered on a single entry VISA. This cost $100, but was processed same day (though it seemed they might have had us come back, but we got lucky); it took 1 1/2 hours, and was not as friendly, but more procedural, and a bit amusing.
Definitely stop by the tourist office in Peshawar for help/advise on visiting Afghanistan, as they are very helpful (and you are not obligated to pay for their jeep service, which is a bit pricey)
UPDATE (Feb 2005) I heard from another traveler that the border from Peshawar is now closed to foreigners; he tried crossing 6 months ago. I think he still got a visa there however and snuck across the border. Nuts.
Updated Mar 3, 2005
Favorite thing: About the single and most important activity in Afghanistan, I believe it's the soccer game held every Friday in Kabul stadium, which used to be the public execution place during Taliban regime. With the arrival of the new administration, however, it has returned to its due function as the public garhtering and sports activities. In 1970s, the stadim was also the first place for all kinds of national celebrations such as millitary inspection, independence celebration. Anyway, you wll feel amazed when you stand in the middle of the stadium, which is equivellent to the middle of Afghan history.
Fondest memory: The friendship between Afghanistan and China apperas just before my eyes, though it sounds far and empty from books. The vast majority of Afghan people with whom I met , no matter high-profile goverment officials or ordinary citizens admires China for its non-involvement in the Afghan politices and the humanitarian assistance from China. One interesting story is that a taxi driver did not accept the trval fare when he knew I am from China, saying that it's the honor and obligation of Afghan people to entertain their good friends. Such true and sincere friendship can hardly be found in other countries.
Written Feb 25, 2003
Favorite thing: Walk around the city. Open your mind. Discover the Afghan culture.
Fondest memory: Its people. I don't know why life here is so special. Hard to believe, but is magic.
Written Oct 4, 2005
Favorite thing: PHOTO : Season Mujahidin With Kalashnikov 47. One Of The Best Service Arm, Proofed In V/Nam War By Vietcong. Simple Maintenance, High Fire Power And Accuracy First Class.
Updated May 24, 2004
Fondest memory: Afghan Refugees Stream Home.
Aid Groups, Officials Unprepared for Return of 600,000 Since November.
Updated May 24, 2004
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