I’d never planned to visit Afghanistan on this round of Central Asia (and indeed remember assurring several people that I wouldn’t… sorry guys), but after visiting the Wakhan Valley’s border market a quick visit to Afghanistan seemed much more reasonable than so many years of hearing negative media portrayals of the country had ever lead me to believe.
Three short days after having the idea in the first place, and we were in! And you know what? It was entirely unexciting. Normal, even. We talked to people, shopped in the bazaar, made friends, and got invited into somebody’s house for tea at least once every hour or two.
Come back later for stories about hitchhiking, homestays, and heavy discussions of war and life and death. For now, though, 51 of my favorite pictures from Afghanistan!