The Taliban Shot Me, and I Still Say You Should Vacation in Afghanistan

Published On 11/16/2016 Published On 11/16/2016
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Bamiyan | Pete Langer/Perspectives/Getty Images
The Blue Mosque, in Mazar-i-Sharif | Jane Sweeney/AWL Images/Getty Images
A tour group at Qala Iktyaruddin (The Citadel of Herat) | Courtesy of Untamed Borders
Tourists in Bamiyan | Courtesy of Untamed Borders
The people of the Wakhan | Ludo Graham / Wild Frontiers
Snowboarding in the Bamiyan Mountains | Vaughan Brookfield
The good old days on the "Hippie Trail" | Courtesy of Richard James
Note the total absence of a chairlift | Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images
The Panjshir Valley | Tony Wheeler/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images
While talking to some young Afghan men, I heard a loud "WHOOSH!" I turned around and saw a rocket-propelled grenade screaming right at me.