Friendly, beautiful Afghanistan was once well known on the backpacking
circuit as the place to stop for unparalleled hospitality, fantastic
food, great hiking and...um...OK, we'll say it, that legendary hashish.
Things, sadly, have changed a lot.
More than 25 years of war and Taliban rule left the dramatic countryside
peppered with landmines and reduced many of the finest monuments
and minarets to rubble. The poverty left in war's wake has taken
an impossible human toll and encouraged the theft and sale of priceless