04 Jun 2005 | Good to be back

Coming down

The second day of the weekend and me fully recovered after dragging myself out of bed at 11am, we visited Kharga dam again, where the water had risen some 15 meters since our last visit, kebab shops were doing good business and guys were actually braving the chilly water.
We now had to pay a 20 afghani entrance fee for the car, for what now could aptly be called 'Kabul beach'.

Giovanni made a remark about a patch of land he had spotted last year, in Paghman valley, where he had found potatoes growing together with marijuana. We decided to find the spot of land again, meaning we had to drive to the end of a dirt road going into the mountains, park the car, and walk besides a stream for 40 minutes.
We found the patch of land, on which, again, potatoes were mingling with this very popular weed and I felt good about having earlier decided to wear slippers, not shoes. I crossed the stream, to a road, making walking back to the car much easier. Not a problem, even though I had to wade through the stream, disappearing in it up to my knees.

It was another fantastic day, beautiful weather, a light breeze, fantastic scenery, good food and it felt good to be back.

Tagged with: Afghanistan Kargha dam Paghman


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After obtaining an M. Sc in maths, Babak Fakhamzadeh started with an office job at a major blue chip company but soon realised he'd do better on his own. Babak is a traveling web guru with a penchant for doing good and a love for visual and experimental art. Together with Eduardo Cachucho, he won the World Summit Award in the m-Tourism and Culture category in 2012 for Dérive app. With Ismail Farouk, he won the Highway Africa new media award in 2007 for Soweto Uprisings . com. Check out Babak's CV.


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