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Kabul Korrespondence

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

One of the boys own story…..

Friday, May 23, 2008

Nabil Tanha:

Two weeks ago me and Mirwais were coming back from skating it was around 9:00 and we stopped a taxi and asked him to drop us to Klola Poshta the taxi driver who was around 40 to 45 years old, told us 40 afs (80 US cents). This was little bit surprise for us as we usually we pay 60 afs from there or if you bargain them down it will be 50.... so we sit in taxi and taxi driver start conversation with us and he tells us that he is very happy to see us with skateboards in our hand and he wants that all young Afghans start this sport. He really likes to watch this sport on Dish Satellite on the Extreme channel. He told us that he is watching Skateboarding for hours and he really enjoys it ... When we arrived back at my office, he asked me if I can show him a trick. As you know there is not a good place for skating in our streets, so i take him to my yard where I have set up some carpet to practice my tricks on and i just show him how to do Casper ...

The taxi driver is very impressed by our tricks and we talk more about in Afghanistan and how there are 3 sports that usually afghan youths do ... Body building , Karate ,Taekwondo, Kung fu (I mean martial arts) cricket and Football .. this is ok, but there is nothing else. We like to do something extreme and more fun and skateboarding is perfect for us........

KK
posted by Travis, 8:27 am

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