Understanding travel in Afghanistan
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In 2016 I took a journey to Afghanistan to try and understand what was going on and if there was any real beauty left in this war torn country. A country that has been fighting within itself as well as foreign forces fighting there for hundreds of years. So I expected to find nothing except from sheer devastation. I really wanted to try and understand Afghanistan and how people travel in Afghanistan.
KIA – Kabul International Airport
So my first destination was flying into KIA – Kabul International Airport. This place was heavily fortified by different nations armies so I felt pretty safe. KIA was enormous as well. It had loads of military kit shops, fast food shops, little cafes and also clothes shops run by local Afghans. An experience I will remember was competing in a football competition that was run here in KIA. When you are inside KIA itself you can see parts of Kabul city which surrounds the airport.
The majority of the Afghan locals I came into contact with seemed relatively friendly and sometimes you could even get a good laugh with them. I would interact with locals everyday when I went about my daily business if that meant buying a coffee or buying some football trainers. Although you did get the very ignorant local who wouldn’t talk to you but would certainly take your money.
These were some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. The view you could see at the top really was amazing. You could see for miles, into neighbouring villages and you could even see a relatively big compound system that looked abandoned but was pretty cool to see. However the climb up the mountains were pretty intense as the ground wasn’t the best but well worth it.
The weather was surprising when I was there actually. I imagined it was going to be really hot but instead we had a lot of rain and even snow on a few occasions. The weather could change very quickly as well so carrying waterproof jacket was a must.
Strangest thing that happened
The strangest thing that happened to me was on a cold night. Nothing was happening and then all of a sudden it felt like the ground was shaking and buildings were moving but I thought nothing of it as I was quite tired. Then the next day someone said it was an earthquake. I was astounded to have witnessed this first hand. A real life earthquake.
Have you considered travel in Afghanistan? Thinking about travelling the world?
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