Blue Mosque of Mazar

Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan July 5, 2019 The crown jewel of Mazar-i-Sharif is the famous Blue mosque. The four gates lead into the vast inner courtyard, dwarfing the people walking, sitting, chatting on the marbled floor. Thanks to shrines added onto it over time, it does not have the rigid symmetry of Islamic architecture and is perhaps … More Blue Mosque of Mazar

City of Screams

Bamiyan, Afghanistan July 4, 2019 Entering Bamiyan from the east, a small hillock is visible close to the center of town. This, all locals will tell you this is the Shahr-i-Ghoulghoula which translates as the City of Screams. Their eyes light up as they tell you the ghoulish tale. Some add pregnant pauses and dramatic … More City of Screams

Lakes of Band-i-Ameer

Bamiyan, Afghanistan July 3, 2019 Leaving the town of Bamiyan, the road goes west toward Band-i-Ameer. Asphalted for the most part and a dirt track for the rest, we drive past small villages, past the occasional fort-like old buildings. As little as a couple of generations, people still lived in these buildings. Plots of land … More Lakes of Band-i-Ameer