You may have heard (although who are we kidding, you probably didn't) that President Karzai established a High Peace Council to engage with the Taliban (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11188294). The HPC is relatively new and has mixed reviews, but I was still pretty excited to meet with the women members of the HPC a few days ago at the Prime Minister's Palace.
No, there is no Prime Minister in Afghanistan, but yes, there is a Prime Minister's Palace. It's a giant building covered in white marble, and apparently the plumbing on the fountain is broken.
The ladies of the HPC, drinking Mountain Dew:
Another cool (or not so cool) issue that came up: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/world/asia/01afghan.html
And some scenes from driving around the city:
Flashback to a different time on Valencia Street
6 hours ago