No trip to Pakistan is complete without the side trip to Afghanistan. After all it is so close, why miss it with it's unique architecture, warm loving people and abundant fauna and flora. Did I forget to mention outdoor sports?
From our location at Fort Freedom, we approached the border by going thru Parchinar and on thru Ali Mangal. Ali Mangal in the early days of the Russie / Afghan war was a true wild west town. Though on the Pakistan side of the border, there were few if any Pakistanis for some miles. Only Afghanis, armed to the teeth. There were stores packed to the ceilings with boxes of ammo for every weapon as well as grenades, mines and other vital camping equipment. Sometime in the late 80s the Russies bombed it back to the proverbial stone age and it was not to my knowledge rebuilt. Let our journey begin.
Bob Brenner and I make a trip to one of the small communities to confirm our decision to soon make the Freedom Medicine Architectural Award of Excellence. With so many wonderful homes to choose from, it's obviously going to be a difficult choice.
I can't begin to tell you how many times I've asked them to just keep the front yards free from unsightly items. But my words seem to fall on deaf ears. These homes won't be in the running for any awards this year. Disgraceful not to mention very upsetting!
Hunting and the out of doors is a major part of every Afghans life, so it's only natural for them to want to display their favorite sporting or hunting weapon.
Odds and ends.