(Day 3 in Kabul)
If there is one thing that could take off our mind from work and to some extend, the country that we been in now, it has to be food.
As Afghanistan is emerging from years of war and in-fighting, businesses has been booming and restaurant business in most towns especially within Kabul has been growing too. Most hotels offers great choice of food during the buffet at breakfast, lunch and dinner. If we do not take care on what we are eating, we might be adding couple of kilograms to our belly without we realising it.
When we first arrived in Kabul, we had lunch at one of the newer hotels in Kabul and the choice was simply great! Kebab, curry, briyani rice was one of the usual item on the menu. Couple that with newer Western food like fries, sausages and salad – the choices seems endless. At work place, there is endless “supply” of nuts, raisins, biscuits and soft drinks. My colleague, known for his great appetite is often seen busy munching something in his mouth whilst at work.
There are alot of food stalls by the road side but for security and more importantly for hygienic reasons, we dare not stop and check. Often with one guard riding at the back with a fully loaded AK-47, we usually zoom pass the traffic and make a quick exit from our hotel or from our workplace. It is not that it is not secure to stop but nobody want to take any chances. After watching CNN and BBC in the morning, who wants to anyway? But in reality, it is safe to walk even at night since there is lot of soldiers and police on guard at the front of most government and private buildings. There is many more at the road junctions. But sometimes common sense prevails and it is for the same reason, I don’t walk at night even in KL. To me, certain part of KL seems more dangerous than Kabul simply because it is rare to see policemen on patrol.
Looking at the choices of food on the menu in the hotel, it seems like there is more mutton than chicken and beef. Mutton is heaty and too much of it is a bad thing for your heart as well. So, although there is plenty to pick from the menu, a self control of what we are picking onto our plates is self imposed. Perhaps in Kabul, this may be the best place to eat more healthier food and for once, succeed in reducing the extra baggage around the waistline.
A wishful thinking in Kabul…
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