It’s been raining a lot lately here in the ‘stan. And, since there are very few paved surfaces here, that means there is a lot of mud and flooding.
We left Morales-Frazier today to inspect some more projects. This meant we had to be outside in the rain for most of the day. (Yes, Mamma, I brought a raincoat.)
While out, I was amazed at how little the weather affected the locals. It seemed like a little rain didn’t bother anyone at all.
Afghans were still out in the rain, doing their thing. Carrying goods to market, plowing their fields (by hand,) and children were even out playing as if the sun was brightly shining.
While standing near a flooded unpaved street, I saw cars and motorcycles navigating through a large puddle of water. (See the picture, above.)
Back in the United States, drivers would never attempt to drive their vehicles through such an obstacle. Maybe because we don’t want our cars to get stuck, or maybe because we can just find another way to travel to get to our destination.
But Afghans don’t think that way. (They don’t have that luxury.)
I saw the rickshaw (pictured above,) drive through the deep flood water without hesitation. When he inevitably got stuck (as I suspected he would,) his passengers just instinctively hopped out, rolled up their pants legs, pushed the vehicle out of the water (wearing FLIP-FLOPS,) and continued on.
After thinking about it, I realized that the reason the drivers pushed through the deep water is because they have no choice. There aren’t lots of other streets to take, so this one (flooded) road is the only way to travel. Also, every second they waste trying to avoid the flood water is time they don’t have to find a way to make money or get food for their families. So, when faced with a little bad weather, they just keep pushing on (like we do.)