Another Stroll In The Hindu Kush
This was originally published on Bootsnall
Travel Journal #1
THE TRIPLEGEM AFGHAN EXPEDITION-SUMMER 2005
5-7/Aug/2005 – Peshawar, Pakistan
I flew into Lahore from Bangkok late on the night of the 5th, it was raining – hot muggy rain. I stayed at the notorious Regal Internet Hotel. It reminded me of the Paragon Hotel in Calcutta; freaks on the roof – Japanese, Scotch, German, – and dorm-style accommodations. I slept on a mattress on the floor in a room with three others for 150 rupees/night. We stayed up till 3:00am; smoking and talking…most of the others were headed for Northern Pakistan and China, a couple on the way to India. Even though these were the cutting edge of young backpackers, light-years beyond the punks who swagger around Bangkok’s Kao San Road, I was the only one crazy enough to be headed into Afghanistan. Early on the 6th I walked over to the bank and took 40,000 rupees out of the ATM. On the way I met a guy from New Zealand who was also staying at the Regal Internet. We shared breakfast – channa dal and paratha – and talked; he was traveling to Europe and I was headed for Afghanistan. Then I caught an air-conditioned bus to Peshawar. I left Lahore at 11:00am and arrived in Peshawar at 6:00pm. The Grand Trunk Road – better and faster – was much improved compared to three years ago.