PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS SURPRISED when I tell them one of my dream trips is to visit Afghanistan. Despite the political conflict, and radically different social practices, I feel there is so much more to this country than people are exposed to. There isn’t anything in this video by Mikai Karl that reminds me of war, religion, terrorism, and the other negative views projected by mass media sources.
I can’t ignore that those things exist, but I can be open to exploring a culture that is entirely different from my own. I completely admire the work of Matador Ambassador Shannon Galpin, who travels there regularly, and documents the sides of Afghanistan that exist amongst the turmoil — women, girls, and everyone else living day to day just as I do, uninvolved in the controversies we see on television and online.