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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

In Kabul

Departure screen
Dubai International Airport
Wednesday, March 26
(arrow indicates my flight)

Welcome sign
Kabul International Airport
Kabul, Afghanistan

it's 3 p.m. wednesday here in kabul, about 3:30 a.m. u.s. pdt, 6:30 a.m. u.s. edt, and 7:30 a.m. in argentina... i've been here for a few hours going through a security briefing which is the first crack out of the box for all the newbies... i'm dead on my butt since i only had 4 hrs. to sleep last night and didn't sleep but an hour and a half of it... the kam air flight from dubai was a 737-800, packed to the rafters, mostly with contractors like me... sat next to two guys, one of whom works for dyncorp (kind of a blackwater-type outfit) and the other for a computer tech contractor, and we had a pleasant chat...

driving around kabul (in an up-armored toyota landcruiser), i can see it's desperately poor, very crowded, exceptionally dirty, and parts are still devastated from the soviet and taliban regimes not to mention the shellacking it took under the "coalition" forces...

i have some pics of the terrain flying in (we flew in over part of iran) and the kabul airport (which includes an azerbaijan airlines, russian vintage, 727-type aircraft... (i've seen 'em before in belgrade... if it wasn't for the tail assembly, you'd mistake 'em for a 727...) i'll be posting some later...

anywayz, i'm safe and sound but won't be good for much of anything until i've had a good night's sleep... besides, i see you've all been in good hands with brother tim...

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