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Afghanistan Field Guide: Don't wear sunglasses and eight other essential tips

Planning on going to Afghanistan? Curious about how a person navigates this war-torn country?

Journalist Edward Girardet, who has been reporting on Afghanistan for more than 30 years – including for the Monitor – edits “The Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan.”

He gives eight sample “essentials” for getting around.

3. Drink tea with the locals

Explain who you are, what you are doing, and why you wish to work with this particular village or district. Don’t hesitate to overdo the greetings, including raising your right hand to your heart, a gesture of affinity and peace. And be prepared to drink lots of tea. Eventually, if you make a positive impact, these will be the people who will watch your back. And you will be surprised how fast word travels.

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