May 13th, 2006

Vexen Crabtree 2015

Settling in...

"Settling" in Afghanistan is a two-way process.

On the one hand, I am in a good routine of chatting to friends of an evening, and doing a little coursework, and relaxing during the sparse hours I have free. I am settling in that I've bought speakers for the laptop, got my own pillow cases onto my pillow, and am settling into a routine.

But as I said its a two-way process... the dust and sandy atmosphere is settling in to everything... I am getting accustomed to floors, surfaces, objects and everything being constantly covered in a constant film of desert and dryness... whereas at first I wanted to constantly wash my hands and face... now the desert is settling into me!

But the days are getting hotter... 40degrees celsius today at 1pm... and with that we wear body armour, jacket, helmet (when driving from one work premises to another), boots, etc.

I'm quite liking it out here :-)

Thanks to Shuri and Gail, and Opto! for the conversation, it's a real morale boost. I got some good friends :-)