hmm- restaurant??: the mess
the army mess-- fixed time for meals of course- airconditioned- guns on the floor- diet pepsi cans in hand- huge big men in uniform and a few women- going chomp chomp...
a bit too early for me usually- each meal. later i would end up feeding upon the packed MRE meals that were lying around at the media room...
not a great many options...
while figuring out ways to get from kabul to kandahar, there were two modes to consider- road and air.
by road, it takes almost two days, and we were advised not to venture out without a band of armed guards. that option was quickly consigned to the bin...
by air- some journalists often take a ride on american military helicopters and airplanes flying out of bagram air base... however, seats are never a sureity. besides, you run the chance of bieng asked to vacate your seat at the last minute in favour of an official who may need a seat.
UN flights are frightfully expensive to get a ride on.
it then turned out that there was this organisation- `air serv' which flew NGO groups to places like kandahar, islamabad etc. we got a ticketed flight on our way out and had to charter the flight on the way back...
Kandahar Off The Beaten Path
chopper in chopper out!
i was told that servicing a helicopter can take upto a month back in america. here they turn them around in just a few days...
blackhawk, chinook, and apache helicopters are usually lying there opened up and bieng worked upon.
PHOTO : HALF NOMADIC TRIBE...
Favorite thing: PHOTO : HALF NOMADIC TRIBE VILLAGE NEXT TO THE RIVER. They will a way temporarily, looking for the Green for their animals. Come back again to the old village after the Green grows there.
DOWN here I can't feed you a reader, which Hotel to stay, where the best Restaurant to dine or which Night Club or Disco the best in town. They are almost not available at all. If there is a aggrasive enterpranuer to built up all this, he / she will be long time six feet under ground. DEATH PENALTY by Taliban Group...that the only alternative LAW here, * ALSHARI'AH* Taliban Version not mine.
PHOTO : AFGHANISTAN'S POLICE....
Favorite thing: PHOTO : AFGHANISTAN'S POLICE. LOOK SO CALM AND PEACE, CRIME RATE VERY LOW TOUCHING ZERO PERCENT.
PHOTO : TWO LITTLE KIDS...
Favorite thing: PHOTO : TWO LITTLE KIDS CARRYING A WATER FROM NEARBY CANAL FOR DAILY CONSUMPTION.
MAJOR economy activities are farming. Still using traditional method , human been and animal to work at farm site.