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Kabul in October

Now that the war is over, I'm thinking of taking the family to Kabul for the Fall school break. I'd like to get a jump on all the American tourists that will surely be rushing to get there next year (Think Prague early 90s).

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Flights look pretty good. Turkish Airlines seems to be the best way from ZRH but am open to alternatives.

Lodging: airbnb seems to have many good options for self catering. Any opions on the Shahre Naow neighborhood?

Dining/shopping: Would be interested in restaurant and butcher recommendations.

Driving/Transportation: I imagine that we'll just uber around the city. Might rent a car for some excursions into the countryside. Maybe better to hire a driver?

COVID: We'll be fully vaccinated. If we have to quarantine, a list of best restaurants that offer delivery would be appreciated.

Must-sees: Would love to hear suggestions for places/neighborhoods to visit. I'll be checking out tripadvisor soon but any personal tips would be great.

Buzkashi: My daughter would be keen on participating in this. Where might we find a pickup game?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Old 28.08.2021, 20:13
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Re: Kabul in October

The British have left behind many translators, it seems. They should be a great help to you…
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Old 29.08.2021, 14:09
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Re: Kabul in October

Please come back with a list of the best local artisanal distilleries!
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Now that the war is over, I'm thinking of taking the family to Kabul for the Fall school break. I'd like to get a jump on all the American tourists that will surely be rushing to get there next year (Think Prague early 90s).

Logistics:

Flights look pretty good. Turkish Airlines seems to be the best way from ZRH but am open to alternatives.

Lodging: airbnb seems to have many good options for self catering. Any opions on the Shahre Naow neighborhood?

Dining/shopping: Would be interested in restaurant and butcher recommendations.

Driving/Transportation: I imagine that we'll just uber around the city. Might rent a car for some excursions into the countryside. Maybe better to hire a driver?

COVID: We'll be fully vaccinated. If we have to quarantine, a list of best restaurants that offer delivery would be appreciated.

Must-sees: Would love to hear suggestions for places/neighborhoods to visit. I'll be checking out tripadvisor soon but any personal tips would be great.

Buzkashi: My daughter would be keen on participating in this. Where might we find a pickup game?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Re: Kabul in October

Hellish living conditions are the new Kabul reality.
By Tori Richards, Sun August 29 2021, Washington Examiner
After reading this you might want to reconsider.!
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Old 29.08.2021, 22:38
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Thanks in advance for your advice.
Sure.

Have a bit of decency and show some empathy with those caught in the middle of this crisis. If you can't manage that, best say nothing.
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Sure.

Have a bit of decency and show some empathy with those caught in the middle of this crisis. If you can't manage that, best say nothing.
I think it's a decent idea to go there and to spend money to fund recovery of the economy.

The crisis was created by Americans and British, I don't see you addressing them for some reason.
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Hellish living conditions are the new Kabul reality.
By Tori Richards, Sun August 29 2021, Washington Examiner
After reading this you might want to reconsider.!
I have no interest in living there; just holiday for a few weeks. Thanks for the article though. It sounds like the new government has a good plan with dealing with petty crime that has plagued the city in recent years. It also sounds like the night time power conservation measures will be a benefit to stargazing. Looking forward to it.
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Re: Kabul in October

It must not be so bad, and you will find some pals

Between 100 and 150 UK nationals will also be left in Afghanistan, although Defence Secretary Mr Wallace said some of those were staying willingly
I wonder how many are there to help family, and how many are there to help the Talibans.
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It must not be so bad, and you will find some pals

Between 100 and 150 UK nationals will also be left in Afghanistan, although Defence Secretary Mr Wallace said some of those were staying willingly
I wonder how many are there to help family, and how many are there to help the Talibans.
But that would mean that many are left behind not willingly!
Shocking.
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Re: Kabul in October

Related side question: Is going "brown face" considered non-PC in Afghanistan? Don't want to offend. Working on what clothing to pack. Also, I won't have enough time to grow out my beard so I may need to fake it a bit.

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Re: Kabul in October

By the way, which instagram account you'll use to publish the memories and impressions of your trip?
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'cause they won't live to tell the story?
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Related side question: Is going "brown face" considered non-PC in Afghanistan? Don't want to offend. Working on what clothing to pack. Also, I won't have enough time to grow out my beard so I may need to fake it a bit.

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You can always decide to switch gender. A burka may help hide your weak spots, you may want to take one along.



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Is that picture from Team America? Perfect match!
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A burka may help hide your weak spots, you may want to take one along.
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Is that picture from Team America? Perfect match!
Yep. I'm planning on watching it again to brush up on my jihadi speaking skills. Derka derka.
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Yep. I'm planning on watching it again to brush up on my jihadi speaking skills. Derka derka.
Perhaps spare Paris this time, they're still busy rebuilding Nôtre-Dame.
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But that would mean that many are left behind not willingly!
Shocking.
Don’t worry, I am sure they planned with uttermost respect for the current pandemic situation, leaving behind only the novax people: handicapped, pregnant women, minors … all the people that the new government already said will peacefully take care of.
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You can always decide to switch gender. A burka may help hide your weak spots..
I thought that was a strong spot
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Re: Kabul in October

The cynicism aside, Afghanistan is a beautiful country, the Hindukush is mesmerizingly stunning.

Never been there, just have memories of the 8mm films our Chemistry teacher showed us, from the 70s.
Absolutely breathtaking.

If the Taliban don’t mess it up this time, there’s actually a chance of tourism happening again.

Pro tip: book through a Chinese operator. They‘re not going to bite the hand that feeds them, this time, hopefully.
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