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It is not that Bizarre in a Kandahar Bazaar

Kandahar Airfield is a sprawling military base located in the south of Afghanistan. For most of the military and civilian workers stationed here the only connection with the local Afghan culture is through the Saturday bazaar. This is where local merchants sell carpets, textiles,  old currency, and remnants of past wars as souvenirs. Aside from the “cultural” merchandise are the standard stuff found in all street markets – China knockoffs. Counterfeit Louis Vuitton and Chanel bags hang above Omega and Rolex watches on display.

All the local merchants here are male. No local ladies shrouded in the iconic Afghan burqa.

It is quite weird to see bearded men selling women’s clothes aside from carpets.

In the middle of a beige, brown and dusty desert, these colors are a welcome sight.


4 responses

  1. How for the FLYING carpet?

    January 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

    • wampayb dollars lang ang flying carpet toto.

      toto? taga diin ka nong?

      Mansilingan pero wala to ubra.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

  2. Your photos, as usual, are wonderful…

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 am

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