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Dung cakes

Cow dung cakes are used as fuel for cooking. Here they are drying in the sun.

Cow dung cakes are used as fuel for cooking. Here they are drying in the sun.

Dung cakesbeing used as fuel in a tandoor oven. The oven is used to make Afghan flat bread.

Dung cakes being used as fuel in a tandoor oven. The oven is used to make Afghan flat bread.

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This farmer is growing saffron, the most valuable spice in the world. Last year 1kg of safron earned him 250.000 Afs which is equal to approx. US$4825 or 3925 Euro.Saffron is a spice extracted from the flower of the saffron crocus. Afghanistan is trying to promote saffron cultivation as an alternative to opium poppy.

This farmer is growing saffron, the most valuable spice in the world. Last year 1kg of saffron earned him 250.000 Afs which is equal to approx. $4825 or €3925. Saffron is a spice extracted from the flower of the saffron crocus. Afghanistan is trying to promote saffron cultivation as an alternative to opium poppy.

Here the farmer is explaining how the saffron is harvested from the crocus flower.

Here the farmer is explaining how the saffron is harvested from the crocus flower.

Saffron from last year's harvest.

Saffron from last year’s harvest.

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Kite season

These days when I look outside my window I see dozens of kites all over town, it’s a beautiful sight. Kite flying is super popular among Afghan boys and men.

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Spring has started in Afghanistan and this means picnick time! Afghans love having picnics with family or friends amidst stunning nature and beautiful landscapes.

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To get from Kabul to the agricultural project where I work in Pul-e-khumri you have to drive through the Salang Pass, it is the major mountain pass connecting northern Afghanistan and Kabul province.

The pass crosses the Hindu Kush but is now bypassed through the Salang tunnel (see photos), built by the Soviet Union in 1964, which runs underneath it at a height of about 3,400 m. The road through the pass has carried heavy military traffic in recent conflicts and is in very bad repair.

On February 9, 2010, the pass was hit by multiple avalanches. According to press reports the road through the pass was hit by 17 avalanches, killing dozens, burying miles of highway, and trapping the vehicles in the Salang tunnel.

The road is very bad but still very much worth the drive because the views are stunning, especially now with the mountains  covered in snow.

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Source used for this blog: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salang_Pass

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Rome

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All the photos posted on my blog are owned by me and they should not be used without my permission

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