Friday, February 25, 2011

Carpets!!

Today is a BIG day for me in Kabul because I just bought my first carpet! It's about 3'x5' and made of a silk-wool blend. The silk was dyed with saffron for the orange coloring. It was $400, which seemed really expensive to me, but I have no idea how much it would cost elsewhere. Regardless, it's my birthday present to myself :)



Also, here is a picture of the old section of Kabul taken from my car. It's a terrible picture, but it's interesting to see some of the old buildings from the early 20th century. The buildings are built along the Kabul River, which is practically dammed up with trash.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bird's eye view of Kabul

Here are just a few more pictures from the past week or so in Kabul. I've been really busy, since we work six days a week and only get Fridays off, but I've still managed to get out every few days.

View from the car, somewhere in downtown Kabul:


I went to a memorial service for a member of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, who was recently killed. Lots of press coverage.



A few days ago we were allowed to go up to the rooftop of an Embassy apartment building to take pictures, since it had just snowed and the air was really clear. Beautiful views of the mountains and the city below.

This is the tomb of Mohammad Nadir Shah, who ruled Afghanistan from 1929 until his assassination in 1933. Also my camera lens was apparently dirty.



I think that's a picture of Massoud on the billboard, but I'm not sure.



This is the view from the other side of the Embassy. I think this picture is looking west, and the previous picture is east, but not quite sure. Regardless, we're surrounded by mountains. I have no idea who is portrayed on the sign.


The city.

U.S. helicopter, flying over houses built on the hillside.

Me, on the roof, with Kabul behind.