I thought I was going to be able to add a picture a day, but clearly work interfered with that plan. Anyway, this is a picture of the giant Russian granary in Kabul. I don't think it's still in operation, much like the other remnants of the Russian occupation, including the giant bombed-out, bullet-ridden shell of the former Russian cultural center. I think the only vestiges that are still semi-operational are the old Volga taxis and the AK-47s. Behind the granary you can see the ubiquitous hillside slums.
I think that soft-focus and focal black-and-white can look a little cheesy, but I like it here. I just wish that I could make the picture bigger, as it's so hard to see their faces. This is a few blocks from the Embassy.
Spring isn't quite here yet, so the city is still a little dreary and rainy. Only the major roads are paved, so once you turn off them into neighborhoods, you begin off-roading. Even the most upscale neighborhoods, like this one, do not have paved roads. However, the dirt roads bely the richness of the houses that are behind the walls lining the roads. Once you step through the gate in the wall of the compound, the house inside is generally very comfortable. There's no indoor heating though, so you normally huddle around a space heater and hope it doesn't give out before the meeting ends!