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David McLoda
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Main blog:Dave in Asia 2005
Birthday:October 22nd 1976
Occupation:Technical / Computers
Education:Bachelors degree
Religion:Spiritual but not religious
Race/lineage:White / Caucasian
Location:United States, Texas, Dallas

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The First Day of Eid (Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan)
As Afghans are little inclined to celebration, I was surprised to hear brass band music coming from the direction of Hazarat Ali's shrine. I ventured outside my decrepit hotel to see what was happening and found a convoy of military and police vehicles blocking the street in front of the shrine. There was indeed a small brass band, but the celebration was short-lived and they had dispersed. Thousands of devotees began to swarm across the gates to get kneeling space in the courtyards outside the mosque to pray and listen to the preaching of the local mullah. Today marked the first day of...
Hotel Ejection and Benjamin Franklin (Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan)
Apologetically enough, I was kicked out of my hotel this afternoon. The manager is closing the hotel and going home to be with his family for the four days that include Eid and the weekend after. Barat Hotel was recommended but I refused to stay there for the obnoxiously high tariff of $20. The Hotel Ammo was also being closed for Eid. The only option left was a dumpy unsigned hotel down the back alley that was completely empty except for one boy who remained during Eid to work there and stayed in the room opposite me. I moved into a big cold room with four beds and with three walls of...
Of Fruits and Fanaticism (Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan)
Having spent an entire week in one place, I've developed a sort of routine. Upon waking, I go out to the market to pick up two pieces of roghani nan from the bearded Uzbek who keeps them fresh and warm underneath the cloth covered basket. It goes down well with Happy Cow cheese or peanut butter. I read for several hours, nowadays imbibing the philosophy of Bertrand Russell and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin. I keep a store of fruits on the counter of which my favorites are the honey melon and pomegranates. But today I discovered a new delight; I am sure it is a kind of pear, but like no...
Eat Your Finger (Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan)
Construction work outside the hotel kept me awake a good part of the night, the hammering and booming sheets of tin echoing like gunshots and bomb blasts. I moved therefore to a different room in the hotel, and curled up under a dusty blanket, read books for the most of the morning. The Dunya Internet Cafe costs a steep 80 afg which is more than a dollar and a half an hour. It's hard to get anything done in only an hour and it's twice as difficult to concentrate with that silly background running program that pops up a stripper every now and again in the right bottom corner of the screen. ...

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