Payvand Seyedali: Stimulate Yourself
Huffington Post - over 4 years
As I leave the U.S. again for Kabul, I wonder if the reason I go is honestly and solely to be part of progress in education and other social systems.
That's the official line. But the unofficial line, just as true, is I go to be stimulated. I am enthralled by the lifestyles of locals and expats both in this intense and dynamic environment: the motivations of war profiteers, the visions and vibrations of entrepreneurs and artists, the energy of young and old Afghans changing their government and economy, the gall and cynicism of journalists, the misery and might of many military men, the mystery and power of Afghan women, the passion and pain of those in the development industry. Street food, people without food, and restaurants made just for expats and the rich. Zen homes, mud huts, and barren military compounds. Blue Afghan eyes.
Stimulation is everywhere.
Traveling or living abroad, especially in a developing country, is a quick fix way to make our soul strings vib
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