Camp KAIA, or Camp Kabul International Airport, home to several hundred troops from about 50 countries, is boring.┬áIt is a huge camp, the size of at least 10 football fields merged together. There are hundreds of sand-colored buildings, made of cement, brick and sheet metal, unmarked except for maybe a small sign. The streets are […]

I arrived at the Kabul International Airport on Wednesday. My row mate, a 24-year-old Afghan girl raised in Canada named Elisa, made sure to put on her headscarf. It was 11 years since she had been back and she wasn’t sure what to expect. I finally got a hold of the private car company whose […]

I’m at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey now. Sadly, I’m not going to leave the airport while I’m here, because I just don’t want to risk missing my flight, and really, 8 hours is not that long. I used the time to call the clinic and get my blood type (since I got it tested […]

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It got a little more real today, after I bought two pairs of cargo pants, a sea bag, a backpack for my laptop and supplies, and a scarf known as a “shemagh” to cover my head. I already have my boots, body armor, and am borrowing a lot of stuff from Dan, a wonderful guy […]

It’s about nine days before I head to Afghanistan for my embed with the Marine Corps in Helmand Province. Ever since my embed was more or less approved, I’ve been having nightmares. I don’t usually have nightmares. My first nightmare was a plane hitting the Empire State Building. My little sister and I watched from […]

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