Friday is the official weekly holiday--the one-day weekend. Thursday night (considered 'friday night') the city comes to life; music starts blaring out of every corner; hot coals cook kabobs on the sidewalks and are carried into the restaurants; hooka/sheesha and tea rooms are at every corner; but by the time Friday morning comes around, everything shuts down and the usually gridlocked streets are emptied of traffic. Everyone stays home. We learned this late and made plans to go out on the streets on Friday afternoon, but next week we'll know better.
|Khalifa lecturing us on Afghan politics.|
Tomorrow we visit a busy ICU with new ventilators and the Kabul's largest dedicated women's hospital that is a regional referral center for Obstetrical emergencies. We are hoping for a really enlightening interview with the director, but unfortunately we are not able to upload video due to the really slow internet speeds.
I'm sure we'll have plenty to talk about though.