Heading Back to Kabul

Oct 22, 2011   //   by Hameed   //   Uncategorized  //  2 Comments

Today is my 11th day here in Bamyan. It’s 8:35 in the morn­ing and a beau­ti­ful day here. I have packed every­thing and sit­ting on my bed in my hotel room. I am leav­ing for the air­port in half an hour. When my col­league and I were com­ing to Bamyan we booked round trip tick­ets with Part­ners in Avi­a­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­o­gy (Pactec). They have flight to Bamyan on Sun­days and Wednes­days. The prob­lem is that I am going to par­tic­i­pate in an inno­va­tion lab in Islam­abad, Pak­istan. After I bought the round trip tick­ets for fly­ing back to Kab­ul on the 26th, I found out that my flight to Islam­abd is on the 24th from Kab­ul Inter­na­tion­al Air­port. I tried to change my flight with Pactec to Sun­day the 24th but I could­n’t do so. Then I met this lady from the Provin­cial Recon­struc­tion Team (PRT) here in Bamyan and she said that I show up at the airstrip today in about 30 min­utes to see if she could get my on an Embassy Air flight. It’s a fun­ny way of fly­ing some­where. When I go to the dirt air­port of Bamyan, I need to talk to the pilot and tell him about my prob­lem and then they’ll decide whether I can get on it or not. I know it’s fun­ny but if I get it it’ll be my first time in a heli­copter. If could­n’t get on this Embassy Air then I will have to take the dan­ger­ous road tomor­row to make it to my Islam­abad Inno­va­tion Lab on the flight the fol­low­ing day. Now I need to ask the hotel man­ag­er if I can bum a ride to the air­port which about 10 min­utes from my hotel. I hope I get on the heli­copter flight today. 🙂