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Afghanistan - turning back the clock 100 years!

Posted Sep. 11, 2013
We're all aware of Afghanistan's troubled past and its rich history being a focal point of the Silk Road.  Urban civilization may have begun in the area as early as 3,000 to 2,000 BC., but then partly destroyed by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and in more recent times by the Russians and Americans. The 1990's civil war and life under the extremist Taliban government made life unbearable for the Afghan people. I have found nothing but the greatest hospitality here, in particular in the village of Shughnan and further south near the town of Ishkashim. I was treated with the greatest respect and as Western tourists are extremely rare, I was treated like a celebrity, albeit an alien. People came up to shake hands (men only) and hardly anybody (men only) refused my request to take a photograph. Young women turned their backs on me as they are not supposed to look at strangers. I slept on the floor with a local family and ate bread and tea for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After all, in these mountain village lives has been standing still for many many years. READ MORE... Photos of Afghanistan