Yesterday, Kabul and the surrounding area received its first blanketing of snow for the 2013 winter season. Snow had been promised in previous weeks’ forecasts, but nothing materialized until now. It was quite a surprise to see the gorgeous layer of white, having been outside late the previous night for a fire drill. Someone who opted to remain anonymous incinerated a bag of popcorn in a communal microwave. The sky was completely clear, twinkling stars and all. At some point between 10:00pm and 6:00am, the skies saw fit to cut loose with several inches worth of white wonder.
For the most part, operations on the compound didn’t miss a beat. People trudged through to their respective destinations. Once windows were cleared, vehicles were drivable save for a few dead batteries. Throughout the day, snowball fights ensued and snowmen were sculpted. Interestingly, the Jordanians were particularly skilled in the latter art. Who knew.
As with snowfall in many areas, the beauty and novelty quickly gave way to a slushy and often icy mess. The comedy of numerous near slips-and-falls by KAIA residents on the scattered patches of ice relieved a bit of the sting of the frosty temperatures.
The snow made many Afghans happy. Perhaps like many Americans, they believe a winter isn’t a winter without at least one good winter wonderland. I emphatically disagree and am counting the days until the temperatures begin to climb into something even resembling a habitable climate.