2012
05.21

SYNOPSIS:  ABOUT THE LIMITS OF MY NEW WORLD AND THE BABY-STEPS BEYOND:  A VISIT TO THE GOETHE INSTITUTE AND THE SUPERMARKET AND A DINNER OUT.

It isn’t so much a bomb attack you would have to fear in Kabul these days but the kidnapping.  A visibly foreign woman like me should not walk the streets without anyone accompanying her and certainly not any time after dark, really, after 6 PM.  That seems the protocol around here for visitors and NGO’s.  Since I booked my tour with ALT, I need to abide by their rules:  I can go out, but I will be driven and picked up everywhere I go (and that costs, of course).  ALT seems to have a good reputation around here.  The taxi drivers at the airport were delighted to hear that I was taken care of by ALT, and two more people confirmed this.   Muqim started out less than ten years ago with three old cars which he fixed and maintained all by himself.  Today, he is running quite an operation, over 15 brand-new vehicles, and quite a fleet of drivers, mechanics, and administrators.  He provides transportation and escorts, and a lot more than that.  The heart of the group is the four brother-team Muqim, Wahid, Najid and Mubin, my future guide, whom I have not yet met.… VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY