What have been the highlights of your time in this country? Best trips or experiences?

R&Rs are great here. You get three in one year and can be out of the country for 65 days. I was in Tajikistan a few tours ago which is very similar to northern Afghanistan. I would love to come back here and tour the country when it becomes peaceful again. I think it would be pretty special to see Badakhshan Province, Bamyan, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif and other places. Sadly, you cannot do that now. - Jul 2019


The close relationships. . .for better or for worse, the atmosphere is like college all over again! I have met amazing people on this tour and there is a sense of "we're all in this together." However, working long hours and living on a small compound surrounded by colleagues can be challenging for introverts. - Jun 2014


The Afghan local staff are great. If you get to leave the embassy compound for meetings, they can be quite interesting. Some of the issues are fascinating but the bureaucracy -- idiotic and unlike anything I could ever have imagined -- throws a wet blanket on any hope for excitement. - Jul 2013


You work with some generally good Americans. Otherwise, this has been my worst tour by a long shot, and this is not my first danger post. - Mar 2013


Working with some really great folks, getting involved in some of the local orphanages and being able to spend any free time I had out there teaching English and just hanging out with the kids. - Dec 2010


Travelling around Kabul and to other provinces (especially Bamiyan). Afghan food. Carpets. Melons. Wood carvings and embroidery. Lovely old Afghan houses with fruit trees and Afghan hounds. Feeling like my work was important. - Aug 2010


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