As most of you know, I took off for my journey to Afghanistan yesterday, well today if you in my time zone. It’s currently 4:53 am in wherever I am, I really don’t know. I know it starts with a K and ends with a Stan, so we will go with K-stan for the time being. My adventure started at midnight friday night/saturday morning, with a quick roll call and shit, and a bunch of waiting around. We drew weapons, waited some more, then went and checked in before we loaded onto buses to go to the airport. All in all, it was about 6 hours of waiting in the somewhat cold weather/company area before we were finally on our way. I slept the entire time we were on the bus. The thing wasn’t even moving yet before my eyes shut, and I woke up to it backing up to our hanger. We weren’t allowed to the main terminal because well, we were loaded down with weapons haha. We got briefed, got fed apple pie and sodas, and then shortly after we were put onto a big ass plane that took us to some town in Maine that, no homo, looked like it belonged in a scene from Twilight. The plane ride I don’t remember much of either. I know Avatar was playing, but I was sleeping from take off to touch down. Speaking of touch down, how bout them niners? yea we are 3-6 but you know what’s badass, the Cowboys are what like 1-5? Pussies.
Anyways, we landed in Maine and we had like a 2 hour layover so we got off, left our weapons and stuff on the plane, and headed into the terminal. As we walked out there were people lined along side where we walked ready to shake our hands and stuff, which was cool, but I was still groggy from sleep so I didn’t pay much attention. I sat down to charge my phone, and looked for someone to bum money off so I could get some actual food. As I sat down, some overly excited old woman came up and asked to take my picture. Still groggy from sleep, I halfway smiled and said thanks, she then told me this picture will be on the internet, so if you want to see the pictures she took of me and a few friends as well, it will be at www.ourstopinmaine.smugmug.com. Feel free to make fun of me on there.
After our short layover in Maine, we boarded back onto our plane and took off for Sofia, Bulgaria, roughly an 8 hour flight that I again don’t remember much of. I know I was awake for the whole movie of Surrogates, which wasn’t too bad, and half of Ironman 2, which was awesome. I then fell back asleep and awoke only for my hot dinner, and a few snacks they brought around. We landed in Bulgaria and had a 6 and a half hour layover there. By this time, my phone was dead so I had no music to listen to while I was there, so my buddy and I found a spot on the ground to sleep, and we did. I only woke up for the sandwiches they served for free, and to use the bathroom. By the way, the women in Bulgaria are pretty hot, but unfortunately underneath all the peacoats and scarfs, they probably look like Sasquatch. They also took pictures of us sleeping, which I found kinda weird. Like I would be more than happy to pose with your beautiful daughter and wife sir, you don’t got to get me while I look like an idiot on the ground.
We boarded yet again for our last flight to K-Stan. I slept through most of this one as well, I even forgot to let down my food tray to signal the people working to leave goodies for me to wake up to, so that pissed me off, but oh well. I watched the last bit of Sherlock Holmes, and we landed. It was about a 7 hour flight so 3+8+7 is 18 hours total in the air, and probably 13 to 14 was spent sleeping.
We got into K-Stan, took all of our stuff off the plane, and took a bus to our new base. It’s kinda weird cuz we flew into a civilian airport, but right behind this airport is this US base that has guard towers and sandbags, and big ass barriers. It’s just kind of odd we wouldn’t place it a safer distance away but oh well. I won’t be here long.
As we got off the buses we had to unload all of our bags that came with us as luggage, and separate them, pull out of body armor and body armor carrier(called an IOTV), and take them with us since we will need them once we fly into Afghanistan. We got briefed on the base on where everything is and where we aren’t allowed to go(since we are in a foreign country so close to Afghanistan, we aren’t allowed to leave this base while we are here due to terrorist threats), and so on and so forth. We went back out, grabbed our gear, and went to find where we would sleep. The tent we chose holds about 50 guys in bunk beds, and it makes this annoying ass sound about every 5 minutes. The sound resembles the sound in the movie Inception. You know like when he washes up on the beach and the camera pans out to show the city he had built and then that horn sounds off. It’s basically that, every 5 minutes. But I got sheets, a heater, and wifi so I can’t really complain. We went to eat at the 24 chow hall, where they have everything you would want, which includes Mountain Dew so I snagged a few of those, and candy and all that noise. I even got to catch a glimpse of some football and see Ryan Matthews score a touchdown. I got formation at noon my time, in which I will find out when we will get out of here and to Nerkh. I love you and miss you all, I hope you all had a safe, drunken, and fun Halloween, and I can’t wait to hear from you all. The wifi here sucks ass so skype will be tough, but the chat part works pretty good so we can still do that I guess. Well I think that’s enough. Peace.