When arriving at Kabul airport, the plane slips through the mountains. The arrival in Afghanistan is thus majestic and vertiginous. But this is only a modest foretaste of what awaits the traveller. Afghanistan is a mountainous country. They cover almost the entire territory and in various forms: rounds in Maimana, salient in the Salang and gigantic in the Pamir. The Hindu Kush chain, which is none other than the extension of the Himalayas, cuts the country from east to west. But it doesn't stop there! Plateaux in the north, Band-e-Amir lakes in the centre, many rivers, steppes of Central Asia, green plains, sand deserts in the south... there is something for everyone!
Afghan hospitality :
Wherever the stranger goes, he is received as a prince. Afghans systematically offer a tea to the visitor. But never without too much insistence or heaviness. Afghan hospitality follows a very subtle ritual. If you stay for dinner, the Afghans will immediately send a child shopping and go so far as to deprive themselves so that the guest's plate is the most full. The table is quickly set up: a carpet, bread and tea, sometimes small sweets. Even poor Afghans share everything. They like to discuss Afghanistan with the person who discovers it. The guest usually leaves with small gifts: jewellery, scarves, dried fruit, etc.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette