I survived a pretty big earthquake in Afghanistan. Here is a letter home about the uneventful, but slightly dramatic event. This update also provided other details about Afghanistan and me dreaming about going home.
Earthquake in Afghanistan
Last night is slept through a 6.3 earthquake. We don’t know where the earthquake center was, but my roommate who didn’t sleep through the whole ordeal said the bed shook quiet a bit and her locker opened up. She almost said “Amanda what do you want?” before realizing the bed was shaking because of an earthquake and not because I was standing there. I guess tents can survive earthquakes. As an engineer I know that a tent is probably one of the safest places to be if an earthquake hits. I’m still surprised I slept though it. It isn’t like I had a great night of sleep. I woke up 30 minutes before the earthquake and about 30 minutes after. But during it, I was asleep.
Everyone in my office was woken up by all the shaking. I guess since it isn’t the first earthquake I have slept through I’m not that surprised. The last earthquake I remember happened when I was at Lake Tahoe. It happened around 4 am and I only knew because someone told me about it in the morning. And even though it was a pretty big earthquake, there was no major damage to any of the buildings or any of the equipment on the Forward Operating Base or the local village nearby.
Another interesting thing that happened this week is that I had my first Afghan meal. I went to a meeting with an Afghan leader in the Bazaar (Afghan word for market) right next the FOB and when were about done and getting ready to leave. Then we looked up and lunch showed up. It was an insane amount of food and surprisingly enough it was really good. We had rice, something similar to shredded beef and kabobs. We also had the best tasting nan (Afghan bread) I have had since I have been here. It was crispy and soft and super yummy. We finished the meal off with fresh fruit, watermelon, honeydew, bananas and apples. It was fun to eat such good food and was nice to see the generosity of some of the people in Afghanistan.
Overall a boring week
Nothing too exciting else has happened this week. We are just waiting for the replacements to show up and getting all our folders and paperwork up to date. That way when they show up it is a smooth transition. We don’t have much time until the ADVON (pre-main body) arrives. But we have over a month until the rest of the team shows up. Once everybody gets here it will be a short time until we start leaving to go home. I don’t know when that will be yet, but I am really excited that the time we have left is getting to be less and less each day. I’m going to miss all of the friends I have made and will be thankful for the things i have learned.
But I am ready to go home.
Until next time. You can read all of my Afghanistan stories here.