I landed in Kabul on Friday 13th sitting in row 13 of the plane, counting myself fortunate not to be overly superstitious. As I landed, I thought back to other arrivals over the years.
In 2001 I flew into Pakistan and managed to get a visa from the Taliban in Peshawar and fly from there with the UN into Faizabad, a beautiful city in northern Afghanistan. In the years that followed, I would fly in to Peshawar and then go by vehicle through the Spin Ghar mountains, following the wild and formidable Khyber Pass that links the valley of Peshawar at Jamrud with the town of Landi Khotal, Afghanistan. It is part of the ancient Silk Route and an important trade route between Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. Throughout the centuries, Pashtun tribes have regarded this area as their own and levied tariffs off travellers for safe conduct.
Read more about Sarah’s latest visit to Kabul HERE.
Sarah us CEO of Afghan Connection