Sunday, November 23, 2008

In Afghanistan

I arrived at Kabul International Airport Wednesday morning to take on a month or so of work here in Afghanistan. It has been a goal of mine to get here for the past several years. After over a month of planning, I finally made it--just in time for winter to start.

I have had the great fortune of finding a place to stay with a friend rent-free, for the moment. I am being careful. In Kabul these days that means I don't get to walk from place to place, and if I am out of the car, I am not alone and it's quick. The place where I am staying is guarded, as are many guesthouses, hotels and restaurants. Roadblocks, checkpoints and barricaded streets are part of life here. Power outages are common.

It's all taking some getting used to. Luckily, there is a cadre of supportive and experienced journalists and aid workers here who have been endless founts of information and assistance.

One of the most unexpected things for me is how much this place reminds me of Montana. It may be the cool mountain air or the thousands of stars filling the night sky. I sleep in my sleeping bag and use my flashlight frequently. My hiking boots are my preferred footwear. Whatever the reason, I am thankful to feel a connection to home.

More to come...

7 comments:

ingrid barrentine said...

I'm glad you are safe and living the dream, Holly.

As for the template - it wasn't you, it was Blogger. If you want to know how to make images bigger again - send me an email and I'll return the blogger hack favor ;)

Lido Vizzutti said...

Holly - Wow - glad your goals are becoming realities and glad to know you're safe. Let me know if there's anything you need done State side. Also - If you need the html hack to make your pics bigger - just e-mail me and let me know.

cheyennejack said...

Wow, congratulations on making it out there and achieving your goal. However stay safe! I don't want to have to come over there disguised as a mountain Yeti to make sure everyone stays in line.

Erin said...

Congrats Holly on making it to Afghanistan! Cannot wait to read your posts. Be safe & warm. I'll think of you as I am knitting a ... well... quasi-scarf, maybe??? in Beantown & dreaming of Montana!

Olliver said...

Hi Holly! Glad to see you are doing this.

Send some pitches to the Monitor!

Stay warm and keep your head down. Also, don't read the new book by Dexter Filkins if you're having any sleep problems over there... it's sure to give you nightmares.

Jim

Worthy Oriental Gentleman said...

stay safe, and feel better soon. save a photo essay for the magazine

robin said...

Willie said it was like Montana, too. A small comfort of home is nice to have so far away.