Category Archives: Shopping

The crossroads from Asia to Europe is still alive.

The End of Chicken Street

Myself and Friend Nawab standing at the entrance to Chicken Street As I’ve stated in earlier posts, Afghanistan was once famous as a passage from East to West for trading empires.  And Kabul, while an ancient city, was not really … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Shopping!!!

Afghanistan actually owes its existence, as a national entity, on trade.  It lies astride the famous “Silk Road” that ran from China to Europe, ending at the stone bridge, or “steinbrucke” in modern-day Regensburg, Germany.  Odd fun fact: our family … Continue reading

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Signs of the Times

When I arrived in Kabul for the first time in January of 2009, I was struck by how interesting the city view was.  A mix of old and new, with traffic of all kinds, everywhere, mostly sitting still, waiting for … Continue reading

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Wool, Yarn, Skeins, Looms and Carpets

Wool, Yarn, Skeins, Looms and Carpets.

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Wool, Yarn, Skeins, Looms and Carpets

On the streets between Qala-i-Bahadur Khan, Qala Khazi and Dasht-i Barchi, in the southwest outskirts of Kabul, there is a new vibrant and growing community.  It appears to be an admixture of ethnic groups; Hazara from Dashti Barchi to the … Continue reading

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The Bookseller of Kabul

The Bookseller of Kabul.

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Women in Afghanistan (Or, I get by with some help from my friends)

In response to the “Typical day in an Afghan Village” post, reader gumiii asked the following question: “Do women have some sort of informal gathering among themselves too as a way of socializing or is this outright banned?” I think … Continue reading

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