A Glimpse of Herat

Herat, Afghanistan June 28, 2019 Persepolis in Shiraz has detailed carved reliefs of the peoples of Herat in stylized Scythian dress. I remember them well. They are also found carved on the tombs of Naqsh-e-Rustam and in the inscription of Darius. Herat may well have a history that goes back further but by the time … More A Glimpse of Herat

Playing Postman

Unwitting Terror Alert! August 2, 2015 Starting at the ungodly hour of 6 am,  we drove to Ishkashim. I had photos that I had promised to send to the villagers in Afghanistan and had added a few things to the parcel. I just had to figure out a way to do so. We stopped at … More Playing Postman

In Afghanistan

Sultan Eshkashim July 24, 2015 I am in Afghanistan! Duly stamped out by a bored young guard on the Tajik side, we walked over to the Afghan side. A grizzled veteran bid us welcome and asked us to put our packs down. The men were given a short lecture about their lack of chivalry in … More In Afghanistan

I Need A Man

Khorog July 20, 2015 I have been dithering about going to Afghanistan all along this trip. Talking to other travelers, some days I am convinced that I should go and other days I think it is not the best idea. Most uncharacteristic of me, but now that I am in Khorog, I have decided to … More I Need A Man