Here are a few more shots from different bazaars around Kabul city center. The the shot above, along the Kabul river, includes some familiar sights - a Chinese bicycle (ubiquitous), a gentle who has lost a leg, a mother in her blue burka, accompanied by two daughters in traditional red. In the background is a huge Mosque under steady construction for decades in spite of all the turmoil.
Fruit. Fresh and dried. The back of the fruit stalls above stretch for over a mile and are walled off in the back with melons. They are open until very late at night and most owners probably stay and sleep in the stalls over night. Deep in the bazaars downtown are all kinds of dried fruit and nuts (many varieties of raisins, figs, apricots, pistachios, olives and more)
The place for electronics is Pashtunistan Square. Below is a look inside - about eight stories of tightly packed shops that all struggle to specialize in something. Need a power cord from an eight year old laptop? - one of these little shops will have it. Haggling is mandatory...maybe over tea.
Below some of the houses that cling to the hills above Kabul
Grapes (below) are now in season - mostly from the Shomali plain and soon from Kandahar. Above the grape vendor is an example of electrification Kabul style. It would seem most of the city receives electricity for part of the day or evening. Generators cover the gaps for shops keepers, businesses, government buildings and the like.