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Great PaulVDV 2022-04-21 14:25

Hello Gert,
The carpets look inviting to linger for a while.
No idea whether at the time it would have been allowed as a foreigner to sit on it.
Maybe if you have a chat with one of the men first.
The street scene obviously looks very appealing to a visitor from the west.
You've probably said it before, but I don't remember. Was contact with the local population easy in Afghanistan? Did you have many language problems there?
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Old 04-22-2022, 08:08 AM
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Thank you Paul for these comments.
I had surprisingly few problems in Afghanistan (except for a robbery). People were extremely helpful and hospitable and far more persons than I had expected could speak some English. I had picked up some extremely rudimentary Persian, which also was to some use. I actually found it more easy to get around in Afghanistan than in Iran.
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Thanks Gert,

I was in Iran many years later than you (in 1996). But never had any problem with travelling and no communication problems.

It's surprising that in such a remote country as Afghanistan, at least at the time, quite a lot of people spoke English.
I had a similar experience in 1988 in North Yemen. Unbelievable that everywhere there was at least one person who spoke English.

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