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A one year posting in Afghanistan to "experience" what it's like to live and work in a war zone.

This web page will track my thoughts, activities and perspectives on what I am doing as well as what is going on in this strange central Asian Country. So check out my journal/blog and photo section for updates.

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My last field mission in Afghanistan.

With just 2 weeks to go I am all smiles and happiness. I am very much looking forward to getting out of here and home. I am not going to list all the reasons why I am so eager to leave, you can ask me when you see me and I will be eager to explain.

Met lots of good people and had an interesting experience, one that I soon won't forget.

Below are pics of my last field mission in country. I admit I was nervous going out on this one as I was getting so close to ending my tour. We even did a foot patrol which are always a bit dangerous as any crack pot with an AK-47 can take you out. But alas we made it out without incident and back to the base safe.

I am not getting too complacent as I still am in this country for two more weeks, so will keep my head down and eyes open, but no more missions for me.

Here is a captioned slide show of the mission. SEE YOU SOON!!!

Last Mission in Nangarhar Province

Anita & Bob in Rome
Third and final R&R takes our intrepid traveler to Rome, Italy
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Day one Robert tours the city on his own and wanders the streets coming upon amazing sights.

Day two Robert hits a famous Roman museum and catches snow falling

DAY THREE Anita arrives and takes a short tour of the neighborhood

DAY FOUR We hit some roman ruins, and take in a Van Gogh art exhibit

DAY FIVE Our day at the Vatican and then a quick walk near the Colosseum

PAESTUM Originally a Greek City on the South of Salerno. Then a Roman City for 100 years

CAVA DE TIRRENI An Mid-Evil Castle Village where we stayed near the Amalfi Coast, Salerno.

POMPEII Day one of our exploration at the preserved ancient Roman City of Pompeii

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