And now for some great news from Kabul: 24 hour power, 7 days a week! City Power is up and running. From the occasional 3 or 4 hours, 2 or 3 nights a week, this is quite the change. Kabul has had little to no electricity for the last 16 years. It's hard to imagine a city of 3 million plus people without power. Many of my friends here cannot remember a time in their life where electricity was expected or normal.
It's been a month of steady electricity with an outage here and there. Although there is still not enough power to light a whole house, reports are that within 3 months the electricity will be at a normal and functional level.
Of course, the first day City Power came we blew a fuse. And of course, all the electricity stores are completely sold out of new breaker boxes and fuses. So, we're still generator dependent for a few more days. Can't wait to say goodbye to the loud, noisy, expensive, unreliable generator and hello to 24 hour power!