August 20th, 2008 at 12:58 am (Afghanistan)
My team and I have arrived in Afghanistan. And, um, wow. Its NOTHING like Iraq. We are in a valley, surrounded by beautiful mountains and the weather is cold compared to Iraq.
Its so much more rugged here then where I was in Iraq. In Iraq I worked in Baghdad near Saddam’s old palaces. Because of all the media attention that Iraq has seen over the last two years, money has been poured into the country, while Afghanistan has been on the short list of attention.
Living conditions are extremely poor. Ex: My showers are only open a couple times a day for an hour. My team is living in a tent with a bunch of TCN (third country nationals). While living conditions may be sh*tty compared to Iraq, I feel like this is where we can do the most good. The job makes it worth dealing with some inconveniences, such as where I lay my head.
Here in Afghanistan I live by an airfield and I get to see A-10s daily flying over my head. The word that immediately came to mind upon seeing them was cute; my co-workers didn’t appreciate my choice of vernacular very much. They said I should be calling them ‘bringers of death’. As if! I may be working in a mans environment but I’m still a girl!