Afghanistan-A-Go-Go

A Reservist's Tale Of A Tour

Welcome To Kabul

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After a long trip, I’ve arrived in Kabul. I was impressed that despite the long travel time, and the time change of 8.5 hours, I actually didn’t feel a great deal of jet lag.

Stepping of the plane at Kabul International Airport I was struck immediately by the sight of the snow-capped Hindu Kush mountains, which surround the city. Then I got my first few breaths of the air – thin at 5900ft above sea level, and not exactly fresh. But medics assure us that while winter air quality is poor, due to people burning just about anything for heat, the spring winds deal with it, and it’s not that bad according to testing.

KAIA is a busy place, and we were shepherded off quickly to start inclearance.

I managed to sleep on most of the flight, which probably helped. And every time we stopped along the way, we got fed, which coupled nicely with the NyQuil I was popping to make sure I slept.

Prior to leaving we’d heard that there was challenges with heat where we were sleeping, about long delays and not enough food along the way, all of which turned out to be false.

I’m still “in transit” to my final destination, but getting into the swing of things. The one problem we have is that so much is changing that everything I thought I knew about the next few months seems a little unclear. But that’s how things go. There’s a saying in the military: no plan survives contact. So I’m not surprised. I’ll just roll with it all.

Written by Nick

February 25, 2012 at 1:17 am

4 Responses

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  1. We’re happy to hear you arrived safe and sound.
    Best regards, Bruce & Joy

    Bruce Cowan

    February 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

  2. Semper Gumby Nick!

    Ross

    February 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    • I keep telling myself that! There’s been some clarification now, so I think I’ll be alright to stay almost as long as anticipated. In a pretty awesome job it looks like. Now I just need a permanent room.

      Nick

      February 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm

  3. Thanks for the update, Nick.
    Catballou

    Cat Ballou (@Catballou)

    February 28, 2012 at 5:29 am


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