Sunday, June 25, 2006
I’m feeling better. Not sick anymore (shukur) but I am hiccupping like I have just found it in Kabul’s outdoor bazaar, ‘mandayee’, bargained for 30 minutes and then put it in a thin pink plastic bag and proudly carried it home. Yes, that is how I’m hiccupping. With flair!
I’m alone in my office, eating my sandwich, writing this entry and gazing at the following website: http://chocolateandzucchini.com/. Oh, and hiccupping too.
I’m slowly getting used to Kabul. I am still homesick but not as sad as I was last week. I’m slowly getting in the rhythm of Kabul. It’s different from last time and it’s taking some time to reconcile the Kabul in my head with the Kabul of my life. Also, I haven’t been walking around the city, so that’s just odd. I am driven from location to location. It’s the fastest and most efficient way to get around, of course – but I miss my walks. I should start them again.
Last Friday, I helped paint an Aschiana school outside of the city. It’s part of Love Kabul, Clean Kabul. Once a month, we do things like paint schools or orphanages, plant trees and etc. It’s always a good group of people. I’m uploading a picture of my paint-splattered hand to prove that I actually worked. A certain relative of mine equates messiness with efficiency so perhaps he will understand that I merely washed up sooner than he did.
I'll try to update more often. I am not looking at Kabul with traveler's eyes anymore. Which is a shame, but perhaps it's a sign that I'm settling in?