"I Grew My Boobs in China" and " Backpacks and Bra Straps"
26 year old Canadian, Dutch resident travelling to every country in the world (111 so far) to become the first Canadian female to visit them all. Bestselling travel AUTHOR and founder of popular #TRLT Twitter chat.
As some of you may have already heard, I realized after sitting down to get serious about Vol. 3 in the Sihpromatum series, that it is going to take a miracle to reach my deadline. I want to send my manuscript in to the editor at the beginning of April so I can release the book in October for my Canadian book tour. To give you an idea of what that means, at best odds, I can get a single chapter in a polished, finalized state each week but in order to achieve my goal, I will need to complete and polish 4.5 chapters every single week….I know, it hurts.
It goes without saying that I will be extremely busy in the coming weeks, especially because I have some travels planned in that time too, which will take away from my writing time. I don’t want to go silent though, so I’ve decided to post weekly PHOTO ESSAYS, in alphabetical order, of the countries I have visited. I will post every Friday and this series will be called the #FridayFotos. This way I will have more time on my hand to WRITE Vol. 3 and still give you some entertaining material to keep you busy while you wait for the next volume of Sihpromatum.
I had so many things in mind for this year on the blog, but will have to wait until I catch up before I will announce them.
Before I head back to my writing cave, I leave you with these few selected photos from our time backpacking as a family through Afghanistan in 2006!
A daunting journey over the Khyber Pass from Peshawar, Pakistan to Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul
The endless and treacherous landscape we expected to see…
This is when you start praying on “The Road Less Travelled”
Into the mountains and snow.
A reoccurring sight on the country highways of Afghanistan. Luckily none were ever the ones we were in.
Gorgeous scenery of Afghanistan leaves us breathless…
Meeting curious local children on our walk through Kabul
A garbage filled river in Kabul.
A local harem. Not an uncommon site in the streets of Kabul.
More stunning scenery we never expected.
Meeting the people on local buses and their hospitality was unforgetable.
Exploring the streets of villages outside of Kunduz.
Fighter helicopters and abandoned tanks are a common sight in the countryside.
Outside of Kunduz, boys and men riding down the dusty roads…
….stop to insist we ride their donkeys!
Local family, eager to welcome us into their home…. and into the homes of all their relatives.
“Mr. Big” Our host, the father and husband of a very large and wealthy Afghan family.
These are just six of his 18 children from his wives. (with 2 more on the way)
Tea, honey and naan offered to us at every visit to a new family members home.
In the courtyard of Mr Big’s large family home
Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I wouldn’t be here without YOU! Stay tuned for next week’s #FridayFotos on ALBANIA.
Reblogged this on maggiethemom and commented:
Great idea I look forward to each Friday.
Great photo essay! Love the pics, especially the ones through the Khyber pass
Thank you so much Ajay!!! So happy to hear you enjoyed it. See you on #TRLT 🙂
Ah I got excited when you said Afghanistan and was about to ask why/how you went there this year; but I see it is 2006! Beautiful photos either way though : )
Thank you for the compliment! Yes, it was a very interesting trip, especially as a backpacking family! We took local transport from Peshawar, Pakistan (with an armed guard) to Kabul. Then again, local bus to Kunduz where we crossed by boat over the river into Tajikistan.
It must have been an amazing trip 🙂
Sure was!! One I won’t soon forget 🙂 Thanks for your comment
OMG this is so brave a trip for your family to have done as I am guessing the country was in the midst of Taliban turmoil. It is a country which looks truly beautiful and has been tainted by so much conflict.
This is such a brave trip to take particularly given that the country was in the midst of Taliban turmoil at this time. What a fascinating journey though!