The second part of “the Horrors of Afghanistan” isn’t so scary and depressive as the previous one… Or are we just used to it?
The hotel in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
These Russian guys are UN contractors. They fly and maintain helicopters. Their mission here lasts 4 months but almost all of the time they spend in the hotel – to go out of the gate is forbidden. Very dangerous. The guys get 150.000 rubles (about $ 5.350) monthly. They like the hotel they live in. “Until yesterday the conditioner in our room was broken and at night it was really hot – 35 C. Now it’s repaired, the temperature is ok, 29 C. Basically, here we have everything we need – food is served, clothes are washed, we sleep in comfortable beds and use the Internet.”
As for the heat, the guys are right, it’s unbearable. In daytime the temperature reaches 50. When you open a car window, it seems like a hairdryer blows on you with hot air. But if you close it, you can simply suffocate. Cars with air conditioning are rare.
A reception desk. As we already wrote, foreigners are treated not very well here, so all the places where white people live are well guarded.
6 a.m, children play soccer in a small dust storm.
The guard of the hotel.