Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Macro Shots

I had to post these two from today. I woke up this morning and stepped outside of our hooch about to head to breakfast. My buddy was smoking right out front and called me over to look at this bug on the wall. I was able to get really close to it without it moving and took this shot. I have no idea what type of bug it is, but it looks like some large grasshopper.

After work I took this shot of the razor wire all wrapped around the perimeter line.
I call this 'The Razor's Edge'.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sunday Afternoon

This is a picture I took outside of my office area Sunday. It rained some that day. There was some lightning and thunder also. The power went out in our building for awhile too. This is looking West. You can see the cool clounds with the layers of mountains in the background.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

View of the mountains

These are a couple photos I took of the mountains to the East when the sun was setting yesterday. The sunset was pretty and it was really clear. Since it was clear I was able to get a couple good pictures of the mountains. This is a view from an outdoor stairway entering into the stack of 40' containers which are the shower and bathroom for us men!

About NE

E - SE
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Where I live

Here is a picture of what the building I live in looks like from outside:

And this is what my room looks like. It is about 7'x10'.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Afghanistan Update...

Since the beginning of September I've been in Bagram, Afghanistan at Bagram Air Field (BAF). This last weekend I finally moved out of the tents we were sleeping in and into what we call "B-Huts" or "Hooches". Translation= a large shack. It is much better to have a space to my own verses an open bay style tent with cots. I actually have a boarded up space that I can lock and secure my things in! The b-huts have rooms separated within it. There are about 8 in my hooch. It feels kinda like dorm life all over again, except it's like a spec house under construction with a twist of a threat from bad terrorists that we are here to fight off! I will post some pictures of the our hooch sometime in another post.

Thankfully we have a sweet satellite right outside our hooch for our internet. I was able to hook a RJ-45 line into a spot on the router and run a line to my area. There are wireless interent options available here, but nothing compares in speed to the satellite connection that we got.

I have a bunch of photos of Bagram that I posted on my Facebook profile. I thought it would be quicker, but uploading to my Picasa Web Album was much quicker (see that link below). Facebook has been giving me trouble trying to upload these photos. I thought I didn't have enough time to post the photos here and write about them, but with how long it has been taking to load them on Facebook I guess I could have! There are a bunch of photos, and I will continue to take more.

Take a look at my Facebook profile here:

Or look at them on my Picasa Web Album:

BAF is a "coalition base" or "joint forces" base, which means we are surrounded by other countries military forces. I've seen French, Polish, Czech, Australian, Spanish, British, and Canadian I think so far. There are others. I hope to get some photos of their uniforms sometime. There are local civilian people working here called LNs or local nationals. Plus, you have people from other countries working here too, from Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, etc. called TCNs or third country nationals. You may see some of those in my photos.

It is interesting to feel like I am a part of history in some way. I continue to write about things that happen here and my thoughts in my journal. Maybe this will be informative to some in the future. At least it will be interesting to reflect upon for me and my family in years to come.

I will leave you with a photo that I thought was particularly good of a sunset here one night. The horizon line in the background that looks like a cloud line is not that, it is the top of a nearby mountain range.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Kyrgyzstan money, called a Com, pronunced like "psalm"

Interesting trucks. Its a little dark, but they are on the road.

You can kinda see the mountains in the distance


Interesting looking chapel

Clamshell tent

Some Soviet beer and a canned cocktail.
A black russian tastes kinda like Dr Pepper.

Heading Overseas

Sitting in the terminal waiting to fly out

Leipzig, Germany

Enjoying a Coke and Lindt dark chocolate in Germany

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