Some years ago a cousin of mine went to Afghanistan for work. His company (a shoe manufacturer) was expanding its operations into a new mall being set up in Kabul and had asked him to head across the border for a week and help set up shop. On his return to Iran, he showed me a number of pictures he had taken of our neighbor state. Unfortunately for me, his pictures were mostly of the shoe shop in the mall (metallic looking in that typically Iranian architectural articulation of “modernity”), big dusty streets, and him posing with guns he had found in local markets (AK-47’s, not antiques). Disappointing, to say the least.
One day, the occupations will end, the tyrants will flee and it will just be all of us living alongside each other. In that world, we will travel between Baku and Tabriz, Mashhad and Ashghabad, Esfahan and Samarqand, Tehran and Kabul, Herat and Dushanbe without the barriers of politics and economy and visa regimes that constrict us today. Videos like this are necessary preparation for that day.Look out for a few famous sights in the video- I noticed Babur’s Tomb and the Shah Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul.