was watching this TV series "homeland" last night with brandon. i gotta say parts of it are shocking to watch while being here in afghanistan, and knowing the ignorance of islam back in north america. the scene where the main character (the terrorist) enters the garage, and everyone is thinking "oh he's going to build a bomb!" but instead he unfurls a red bathroom mat and proceeds to pray... it's quite eerie the message that that scene conveys. that if someone is in an islamic country for 8 years, previously not religious (we assume by his comment at dinner "we say grace now?"), converts to islam, then OF COURSE dude is a terrorist. i dunno. still like the show though. 


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welcome back to snowy kabul. away in cambodia for 2 months, then on a nice holiday holiday in australia, and back to this wonderful place. yes wonderful.

snow is supposed to be a rare surprise during a kabul winter. but the ground has been white (well, greyish brown) since i got here. here's a photo i took the other day of some shops that collapsed under the unexpected snowfall. the blue guy is a checkpoint cop that i accidentally got in the shot too.

besides that my days have been filled with sick people (ie. pneumonia), nightly baking by the B-nice and J-dawg duo, annie hall, skating to keep the blood flowing more than anything, chai (green), and lots of great people that i am very happy to know.

the chilblain's are making a late season comeback but i'm fending them off by sitting in a sleeping bag at my desk. seems to be doing the trick.

here's a great quote i came across by khaled hosseini, author of the kite runner, the other day:

“There are a lot of children in Afghanistan, but little childhood.”

besides that been checking out rumi and mark twain quotes, the usual. reading a john le carre book and wondering how we're gonna get our hands on the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy movie that just came out and is based on one of his books.

Peace out.