Day 29: homecoming rituals

Today was our final day in the MEAO (Middle East Area of Operations) - tomorrow we start the trek home on a chartered A340.

One of the homecoming rituals is sorting through your kit and cleaning off the dust of Afghanistan. The laundry whirs as people wash and scrub everything so that it will pass the quarantine inspection. Some boots are too down-trodden to be taken home.

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Day 26 - Battle watch

We had a few spare hours before our flight departed Bahrain today, so G3 and I went to an old fort.  I was particularly pleased to get away from our accommodation, as I felt like I was under house-arrest. Not being able to leave the house without a male escort was stifling (see day 24).

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Thursday 3 April 2014 by Alison Wishart.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Bahrain, human rights, CTF150

Day 24: Bahrain

We arrived in Bahrain today.  This is my third country and my fourth currency (Emirati Dirham, Euros on the ISAF base in Kabul, US dollars on the multinational base in Tarin Kot and Bahraini Dinar) - I think it’s time for the Arab equivalent of the Euro.

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Tuesday 1 April 2014 by John Holloway.
Education at the Memorial, News

Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for this week. As promised, here is the answer:

It is a button hook – a popular and necessary item between the 1890s and 1920s, used to pull buttons through buttonholes. They were particularly useful when the garment or footwear was tough and unyielding. 

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Monday 31 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Afghanistan, Kabul, Easter, recycling

Day 20: Easter without eggs

It's Easter Sunday and I am feeling deprived because I have NO chocolate eggs to eat. When we went to the European DFAC (Dining FACility) for brekky, I consoled myself with a croissant dipped in hot chocolate.

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Day 21: up, up and away

Today we said goodbye to the magnificent mountains of Kabul and flew back to AMAB (Al Minhad Air Base). We were supposed to be going to Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, but the flight was cancelled.  I was a bit disappointed not to visit Kandahar, once the capital of Afghanistan and now the second largest city, but not much.  If you’ve seen Ben Quilty’s painting of Kandahar, you’ll know why.

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Afghanistan, literacy, IEDs

Day 19 - the streets of Kabul

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