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Rickpops’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012

Location: USA

MapMerry Christmas from Kabul!

Can't say that I'm super happy about being here on Christmas day, but there really are a lot of good people here working hard, so it makes being here more bearable.

So I'm here in Kabul because my co-worker is back in virginia with his family, for the first time in three years at christmas. I feel good about getting him home and holding down the fort. So its me and our office of 4 local national Afghan banking experts. Obviously being Muslim, Christmas isnt a big deal for them, so I thought I'd try to add a little US culture to their plate this morning.

I wasnt really sure what i could get them, there isnt a lot to shop for out here, and i already gave them Moms cookies, so what could i leave on their desk wrapped up nice as a little christmas surprise? I noticed every one of them smokes, and they share one old broken lighter in the office, they click it like 100 times to get a flame, it bugs the heck out of me. So I hit the base exchange and got them 5 packs of good ole USofA Marlboro reds and a disposable lighter each. Not exactly the greatest christmas gift, but i thought pretty practical. I also left a note on their desk with the present, I took a picture and will tell you to go to the christmas photo section to see what Santa said!

Hope you all are having a Merry Christmas. After listening to some of your stories, I'd say i have it not so bad in war-torn Afghanistan! Somebody is getting a puppy christmas morning(i wont say who!) and the christmas gift is pooping all over the house of the gift givers the week before!

The holidays can always be tough, but I'm really doing fine over here, thank you for all the good wishes and my co-workers in Camp Leatherneck said my desk is filled with boxes right now so i need to get back there in the next week to see what Santa left me!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,