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Great holmertz 2014-02-16 7:27

Hello Dietrich,
I was here in 1973 and loved the mosque and its garden. I am glad to see it looking so fine and well kept in spite of the many bad years that have followed. This is a very good photo with fine colours and excellent clarity and a human presence looking exactly like 41 years ago. I am amazed and impressed by your way of travelling through Afghanistan in recent days. I would never consider that.

Old 02-24-2014, 07:12 AM
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Dear Gert,

it's a privilege to receive such kind words from an experienced traveller and photographer like you, thanks. Travelling in Afghanistan is no longer as dangerous/ adventurous as it may sound. When you were visiting Afghanistan in 1973 you must have accepted the same basic conditions like I did now: you had to prepare the detailed trip at home , stay in Choykhonas, to dress inconspicuously, learn a few words of Dari or Pashtu, take your time making contact or haggling for prices. On the road I always asked the police for advice which they were kind enough to give.

About the picture: I took it at 6 in the morning for the right light and the clouds. I was admitted to the shrine although infidels are not allowed because I wore a Shawla kamiz, a pakul and sandals. I also hid the compact camera :-)

My best regards to you, Dietrich
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