I had to make a quick trip to Kabul and thought I’d better to go to the dentist while there. You would think that being in Herat Afghanistan going to the dentist would be a major problem.
A simple e-mail to the clinic Guardian International (www.guardianmedevac.com) located at Green Village in Kabul and I had an appointment.
I am fortunate to be working under a State Department contract so I am to travel on the State Department Air Wing. With almost daily flights, gone are the days of waiting endlessly for a Military Space “A” flight. An hour and half flight on a Dash-8 aircraft I am in Kabul and get picked up and off to Green Village. During the flight, it is easy to see how vast and rugged the country is. The entire flight was over mountains some still with snow on them. In some of the valleys you can see small settlements completely isolated.
Green Village is run by a company Stratex (www.stratexfs.com ) and is Western oasis in warn torn Kabul. Green Village is where life support is provided to Western contractors, NGO‘s , UN personnel and EU personnel. The compound is secured by a force of Nepalese Gurkas and former European Military members. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=34.54565587443474,69.23199285572424
In addition to the medical clinics there are a couple of restaurants, coffee/pastry cafe, gym, sauna, shops, WiFI and bar. The atmosphere was akin to that of a college campus. I even saw a couple of woman wearing skirts which is unheard of anywhere else in Afghanistan on or off base.
The dentist was from Romania she was very nice and efficient she fixed my issue.
The city of Kabul is a city filled with activity; lots of crazy traffic with hordes of white and yellow taxis. Interspersed with this traffic are armored Land Cruisers transporting, NGOs, the wealthy/powerful Afghans, NATO military, UN and me.
The is also a hustle bustle of shops and markets with people going about their business as if there was no brutal civil war of Muslims against Muslims. The Taliban which favors targeting civilians in it’s a struggle to return Afghanistan to the Stone Age.
Here some pictures I took on the way to Green Village from the airport. I hope you enjoy seeing a little bit of Afghanistan outside of the new reports of IEDs.