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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Make way for the Kabul Nomads!

Monday, July 09, 2007

It all started when I got an email from my friend Jezza. He told me he'd bought a bike and was "lovin it". I replied "Yeh I'll get bike too when I get there, a bicycle bike." But after seeing his beaming smile and how much fun he was having, I reconsidered. bought a my Super Kabul that same week.


So the first thing you do after getting the hang of riding is to pimp up your bike, new bullbar and head lights. Im so glad I dragged those knee high boots all the way over here.

Then I found this priceless number plate for my "Lolita". The Afhgans didnt get it.

Jezza got the model up from the super Kabul, the Corolla! Bigger, beefier and complete with "Chips" headlights. He is still searching for the visor.....

He also found an Asian Princess for his bike ( Gladys)

Of course this kind of horsepower always attracts others. This dude came along to show us his clean machine (Afhgan's wash them everyday). The brand name on his bike is "Better". The Chinese are such creative people aren't they.
So after some adventures in outer Kabul's little villages of corrigated roads, we had our first puncture. No worries, there is repair guy on every corner.

The Kabul Nomads have already grown in membership and now includes Ollie and Shazza. We ride every Friday (religiously) and talk shop through the week. I know, I know, I hear you saying "Oh my God, Trav's turning into a rev head. But i need to tell you its different here, In relation to rules I have the same freedom on my motor-bike as my push bike in Australia, but now I have indicators, lots of chrome and an eagle on the front mud guard!

Cool......
posted by Travis, 6:59 pm

14 Comments:

I always read your adventures and I'am well impressed about what you're doing over there. Beautiful pictures and honest news about a foreign area to me. But because of the work you do and photos you make it becomes more or less a part of me as well. Knowledge is always breaking down boundaries and I hope you get more theachers over there to work with your students;
For knowledge that goes the other way around as well! Good work Travis and all the luck for you to go on!
Cheers, E
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we might just have to make you up some patches for the leathers!!! dave
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