The tour of Afghanistan is close to wrapping up with only one more stop in Kabul now, so we should get over 700. Not all are usable, but it's still far more than we expected to get and some are just stunning. Now the challenge is getting them all translated and subtitled, which is a task far greater (and expensive!) than we had planned. We have only a few completed so far... and it has taken all our extra time. If anyone knows how to help (fluency in Dari and Pashto (and English) essential), please contact!
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
We were able to get permission to set up the Truth Booth right at the base of the Buddha which was dynamited by the Taliban in 2001. It was the largest Buddha sculpture in the world at 175 ft and took 100 years to build between the 4th and 5th centuries. Bamyan, which lay on the ancient silk road, was at the time the epicenter of Buddhism and housed over 4,000 pilgrims in the tunnels and caves around the sculpture. Buddhism first spread west to here, then east to China.
We had to bump up our style (and disguises) in Afghanistan so we got fitted with some Afghan casual wear (the ubiquitous Shalwar Kameez) in Mazar-i-Sharif. This was our tailor who hooked us up!