Friday, October 22, 2004



Fridays are our "day-off". Of course, it's not like there's much to do. In fact all that means is we come in a bit later and we wear civilian clothes. So we come in and work, albeit at a slower pace.
The other big diversion is the Bazaar. Local merchants are screened and brought to a road just off the compound. There you can buy anthing: rugs, blankets, leather goods, jewelry, Afghan crafts, hand made suits and DVD/CD's. It is a nice break and the prices are very reasonable. You just have to get used the aggressive tactics of the merchants...."Mister, you want (insert item here)? You haggle over the price and walk away happy.
I am told the prices are starting to rise, so economics in Afghanistan is flourishing.

I don't have an account so have to post anonymous. Doesn't matter because I hope you know how much most of us back in the States appreciate what you (and Maj Jim and the rest) are doing over there. Elections! Wow. The bazaar looks cool but I would still be worried of terrorists sneaking in. The important thing is you know you are doing a good thing and I hope you never forget how much so many people back at home are praying for each of you and are thankful for the job you are doing. Pay no attention to the warped media reports. Thank you!!!
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