I learned many things from my month in Afghanistan and after a month of being home in Canada, I still find myself processing much of what I experienced. Here are a few things I definitely learned or was reminded of:
Things are not as they appear. I was constantly reminded to hold my assumptions and judgements at bay because there is so much that I do not yet understand about this fascinating country. I have much to learn about Afghanistan and was repeatedly reminded that I am definitely more ignorant than I am wise.
The human spirit is strong. The determination and pride the Afghan people exhibited was truly inspiring. They are amazingly strong, not to mention incredibly resourceful.
Even in desperate times and places, people can be at their warmest. Case in point, my colleagues in Kabul made me feel instantly welcomed and accepted into what I assumed would be a hostile and difficult environment. They proved me wrong. Even Bobbles felt at home.
I will go back to Afghanistan this fall and I look forward to it.