Meanwhile, continued adventures of Larry in Kabul.
DEMONSTRATIONS. I was supposed to take a car to the Export Promotion
Agency this morning but I was asked to wait because there was a
demonstration. Apparently, there was a local TV program last night that
reported NGOs and security companies are trying to convert Afghans to
Christianity. This morning there was a demonstration in front of Parliament. The aftermath
of the demonstration was the worst traffic I've experienced in .
KREMROL. At the office, they usually bring in bulani for breakfast. It's kind of like of a scallion pancake in a Chinese restaurant. Today, they brought in kremrol, a local breakfast pastry. It was a round pastry with sweet white stuff inside ... a creme roll.
NOT ALL YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TECH SAVVY. When I work with young people overseas, even though they are not native English speakers, I can direct them to any English-language website and they are instantly more facile with the websites than I am. It's intuitive to them. They all know "BFF", "LOL", "WTF" and all the other texting symbols that I never learned.
Not here. The folks here have mobile phones but many don't have regular access to computers. I asked a young economist studying for his Master's degree to look up some statistics online. It was a challenge for him.
ROSETTA STONE SHAME. I asked our IT guy, a local, if there was a spare
computer that I could test my pirated
EASY HOURS. People work some easy hours here. Government working hours are 8:30-3:30. Get out at noon . To be fair, some offices require workers to come in six days per week. Lots of coffee and smoke breaks.
Jirga lockdown begins tomorrow. The Afghan staff is psyched. 4-day weekend!
YOU MAKE ME WANNA SHOUT. Security uses a lot of military jargon -- ALPHA, TANGO, CHARLIE, etc. I live in Alpha House. Being an fan, I am disappointed I don't live in . SSS, there is a Delta House. During the peace jirga, we should have a jirga party... "JIRGA! JIRGA!" (Apologies to the non-Animal House fans.)