October 9, 2011
Shopping in Afghanistan is largely disappointing. I overdosed with the nuts and dry-fruit buying yesterday, because there was not much else to purchase for them-who-expect-presents-back-home. One of the problems of Islamabad being flooded with Afghan bits-and-bobs is that nothing you see here is very new. With the exception of a tag in large-print that says hand-embroidered by Afghan women there’s not much to distinguish the keychains, bookmarks little-useless bags and other products from those sold in Supermarket. Add to that the dismay one feels when entering attractive bling-y jewelry shops to find that the most things are run of the mill Thai designs with Chinese crystals attached on top. Pretty to look at - but available almost everywhere. I have come to the conclusion that globalization has taken a lot of the pleasure out of shopping. Next trip (if and when it happens) I intend to see a little more of Afghanistan proper – which basically means venture out of Kabul. Perhaps the shopping will be more interesting then?