Most of the compounds around Kabul used to allow its residents to walk downtown to frequent restaurants and shops. Since the Taliban have resorted to car bombs and attacks on coalition forces, we are no longer allowed to walk outside the compounds. The local shopkeepers had become dependent upon the westerners shopping in their stalls. So, in the name of good relations and good business, the bazaar has come to us on Eggers -- but only on Fridays.
Some interesting drawings and paintings.
The usual cloth, clothing, and trinkets.
A gem seller with loose stones. I'm told the prices are good.
Nothing attracted me except the gemstones. I'll have to confer with my friend who is a gemologist to see what I need to look for and what prices are reasonable.
The troops were more attracted to the the piles of DVDs that were available. We get AFRTS here (military television), but most Soldiers pass around stacks of DVDs for their entertainment back in the barracks.