I visited Afghanistan in July 2012.
I loved the trip and everything went smoothly and without problems. The Afghan people are very welcoming and were always very happy to see someone “traveling” in their country.
My trip started from the border of Tajikistan to the border of Uzbekistan, driving on the orad through Kunduz, Baghlan, Pol-e Khomri, Mazar-e Sharif and Balkh.
I enjoyed driving a car I had bought in Hungary to attend the event “Central Asia Rally”. In the end of the rally i profited to be in the region to make a short visit to Afghanistan.
Video of a man dancing in Baghlan
I stop on a mobile phone shop in Baghlan. Here I bought a sim card to be able to make local and international calls cheaper. In this same shop were several afghan people one being a man who danced very funny and everyone was laughing.
What I visited / Summary Trip to Afghanistan
Kunduz: This city in northern Afghanistan is known to be not very safe. I was here to exchange money and buy groceries.
The guy from the bank took me to the black market to get exchange Euro since it was only possible to exchange dollars in the bank.
Mazar-e-Sharif: This is the 4th largest city of Afghanistan and famous place of pilgrimage for Shiite Muslims because it has the mausoleum of Hazrat Ali, the cousin and son of Muhammad the prophet of Islam.
After a few years under Taliban control, in November 9th 2001 the city was finally recaptured by the Northern Alliance with the help of the United States of America.
Since then there have been several Taliban attacks to get back control of the city.
Balkh: This is one of the oldest cities in the world. Here there are several monuments to visit but it seems it’s a little dangerous for a large part of its population being Taliban supported.
I visited the city center, the market, the Green Mosque, the Mosque Go Numbad and the fortifications of the ancient citadel.
I loved the fresh mango juice in a juice shop on the main street.
Meet people in Afghanistan
Much of my travels are enriched by the value I give to meet and talk with people from countries around the worl. The Afghan people are very friendly and welcoming. I have here a small photo gallery with people who I got to know along the way and on the road in Afghanistan.
My Afghanistan Trip Map
Video of my travel in Afghanistan