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Mazar-e-Sharif should be a destination of choice in Afghanistan. It feels like an Afghan city at peace--a beacon of hope for the rest of the country.

The people in the streets appear relaxed; there is no obvious military presence, stunning beauty at the Blue Mosque, and ice cream shops everywhere in the summer heat.

If you’ve been anywhere else in Afghanistan as a foreigner, you appreciate all of this. The positive energy here is palpable and you don’t see the evidence of war all around you—no bombed out buildings, no bullet holes in the walls, and there are trees and grass.

You do see the evidence of development. Modern glass shells around old buildings—a sort of construction face lift, new universities and schools going up, Mazar’s own McMansion neighborhood adjacent to spotless traditional domed mud huts—the dome an architectural design to withstand earthquakes.

Our entrepreneurs from Kabul visiting here with us in Mazar, marveled at the clean air and streets and they were so delighted to be able to take a safe walk on those streets after dinner.

Good food is easy to find and our item of choice is the local bread—which we’ve renamed the Magel—the Mazar bagel because it’s round, doughy and tastes just like a bagel.

Mazar-e-Sharif should be a destination of choice in Afghanistan. It feels like an Afghan city at peace--a beacon of hope for the rest of the country.

The people in the streets appear relaxed; there is no obvious military presence, stunning beauty at the Blue Mosque, and ice cream shops everywhere in the summer heat.

If you’ve been anywhere else in Afghanistan as a foreigner, you appreciate all of this. The positive energy here is palpable and you don’t see the evidence of war all around you—no bombed out buildings, no bullet holes in the walls, and there are trees and grass.

You do see the evidence of development. Modern glass shells around old buildings—a sort of construction face lift, new universities and schools going up, Mazar’s own McMansion neighborhood adjacent to spotless traditional domed mud huts—the dome an architectural design to withstand earthquakes.

Our entrepreneurs from Kabul visiting here with us in Mazar, marveled at the clean air and streets and they were so delighted to be able to take a safe walk on those streets after dinner.

Good food is easy to find and our item of choice is the local bread—which we’ve renamed the Magel—the Mazar bagel because it’s round, doughy and tastes just like a bagel.

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