Escape anxiety

It’s that time of year again: when the seasonal evacuation of Kabul begins, expats stampeding out like a panicked herd of buffalo.

It’s the time of year when you start compulsively checking the weather forecast online, knowing it’s bound to be wrong but still wanting to know. When you wake up every morning expecting to see snow, and spend your days glancing out the office window every five minutes to peer up at the grey clouds, hoping to see their future.

Conversations get excited about the properties of ice on runways at different temperatures and the standards of the radar equipment at Kabul airport. Not that any of us know, but we still want to assure ourselves that it’ll be fine, the plane will come, we will escape. We make ourselves ever more anxious with tales from previous years, of security alerts at the airport, the scrum through customs and guards wanting bribes, ice, clouds, snow, delays and cancelled flights.

Check the forecast. Look out the window. Worry some more. It will be fine. Oh yes, I will be flying.

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4 Responses to “Escape anxiety”

  1. transitionland Says:

    On an unrelated note, I hope this pisses you off as much as it pissed me off: http://www.undispatch.com/archives/2008/12/what_are_the_ro.php

  2. Marianne Says:

    Oh yes, you will. Just think – you are already in Kabul, more than half way out of the country already. Merry Christmas Harry.

  3. harryrud Says:

    I will, I did. Finished work at 10 pm, dancing till 3 am, packed my bags, 30 minutes sleep then the madness that is Kabul airport for a flight to the hell that is Dubai, for a 15 hour wait for another sleepless flight… sweet home. Best wishes to y’all.

  4. transitionland Says:

    Have a good holiday. Get some sleep, Harry.

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