Today we decided to take a road trip to the land of my forefathers and experience the beauty of its nature.
We piled my cousin Azim jaan's kids in the back of the SUV (complete with Afghan carpet :)) and us up front. We took a detour for me to see Deh Sabz which has so far eaten up $80 Million in design alone to build a new modern city with capacity for 3Million people. This includes government buildings, universities and modern city planning. If this was implemented from the very beginning, I think the security problem would have been minimized and the city would have flourished. What's amazing is that as soon as we leave Kabul, 30 minutes into Deh Sabz the air quality totally changes. The polluted dusty and diesel fled unbreathable Kabul air changes into the freshest clear air that I remember from decades ago before the chaos that is now the reality of life in Afghanistan.
We passed by Chaikal Robaat which was know to be inhabited by bandits that used to stop travelers and loot every possession they had.
Lunch at Panjpeeran was amazing. Fresh sweet Panjshir river fish and kabob.
Massoud's tomb was an amazing site to reflect and appreciate all the struggles our people has been through in order to be free. It's a clean, earthy light grey/white monument under construction. Beautifully designed parking lot, library, museum and mosque are laid out in perfect symmetry with two pools flanking the plaza. I was so happy to see such an elegant and tasteful design smack in the middle of Panjshir.
I was shocked at how infinite and vast the mountains are. They just never finish. There are 90 valleys departing from the main road with the river running parallel to the road. The air quality is exquisite and it's absolutely suffocating when the car leaves the countryside and enters Kabul's polluted dusty air :(.