#11 Life in Afghanistan :: OrdinaryPosted: October 11, 2013
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This month I’m combining FMF with my 31 Day series. So let’s see what I can come up with today.
A list of things that may seem strange, funny, crazy to you; but in Afghanistan they are just plain old ordinary.
1. Stepping over blood and guts of butchered animals on your walk to work.
2. Being told to stay home indefinitely and taking it in your stride.
3. Finding pieces of moldy bread all round the office, because it’s sinful to throw it out.
4. Stepping over open sewers to cross roads.
5. Knowing what the weather will be for the next 3 months.
6. Waiting for the government to announce the official day of the annual national holiday… the day before it happens.
7. Sitting in the airport all day waiting for your flight, and never actually being told that it’s been cancelled.
8. Carrying around a communications radio.
9. Knowing the phonetic alphabet and reeling it off without thinking. Alpha, bravo, charlie
10. Hearing about an explosion and nodding calmly because it was a whole 30 mins away from where you are.
11. Never having seen your close friends hair.
12. Living in 50+C without A/C.
13. Living in -20C without central heating.
14. Getting sick because you breathed in dust.
15. Not having internet because it snowed, or it’s cloudy, or it rained too hard.
16. Getting excited about the sound of the fridge because it means the power is back.
17. Drinking tea, all day, every day.
18. Freely asking people if they are literate, and being surprised when they say they are.
19. Big solider men with big guns walking down the street holding hands.
20. Asking permission from your boss to go anywhere, even on your days off.
This is part of the 31 Day series