2002
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Worth Repeating:
Shaking and baking on the road to Kandahar

from CBC.ca archives | Wed, 19 Jun 2002

From a column by Mike Vernon

After driving from Kabul to Kandahar, I�ll never complain about Saskatchewan roads again.

David and I decided to undertake this legendarily bad drive because the other option was waiting up to a week at Bagram Airfield north of Kabul for a military flight back to Kandahar. We knew the drive was possible because a colleague had done it recently in 14 hours. He said it was �hellish.� We thought he might be exaggerating just a little. So we decided to go for it.

Our pre-trip preparations were pretty basic: music and junk food. We had quite a selection of the latter, purchased at a premium price on Kabul�s Flower Street, a neighbourhood catering to people with U.S. dollars. Music was more problematic. I had to visit a dozen market stalls in order to find some western music cassettes that weren�t Celine Dion or Michael Bolton.

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