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Afghanistan on the hippie trail in the 1960s &70s

Afghanistan on the hippie trail in the 1960s &70s

We wanted to get everything from the Esat.
John and his friends from Chicago had motorcycles in Matala, but by the time they came to Afghanistan,
they swapped the bikes for horses.

Afghanistan on the hippie trail in the 1960s &70s

Afghanistan on the hippie trail in

I rode such a horse from Banyan to Banyamer and drove his motorcycle on Matala in Crete.
Both were very difficult to control because an Afghan horse is just as unpredictable as a Triumph 650.
you couldn’t control it, it controls you.and so I don’t know how I didn’t die down there.’

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Briton John Butt was so enthusiastic about Afghanistan that he stayed there, and converted to Aslam.
From Kabul.

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the BBC journalist produced his own radio program for decades.
I’m actually living in the same place as 37 years before, and keep doing the same things.
I keep learning each day, still talking to many different people.

I do radio programs that are being broadcast on an independent channel in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Actually, until today I feel I am still on the same trail, you know, actually.
That’s Pashtu song. They simulating.

Do you remember the hippies?

Sure ! that was a great time for Afghanistan !”
So this is the extension of Chicken Street.

It was the most famous street with hippies.’

At the beginning of the 1970s, Kabul was one of the most thriving and modern cities in Aisa.
Young people from Europe and America flocked into Afghanistan.

The sidewalks were so full of travelers, that you couldn’t tell if you were in Europe or in Kabul.
It was very Crowded.

If you met someone you hadn’t seen since Morocco, you didn’t say .’
Oh, it’s so amazing to see you here … It was: Oh hi … Do you know?
It was just normal, you know because threw was just one trail for the hippies.

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It was a very free atmosphere in those days, incredibly readable peaceful.

Everybody was laughing, and truly it was the manifestation of the summer of Love’ you know?”
Gisela came from Germany and had been in Morocco on the hippie trail before, and then in Afghanistan.

Gisela came from Germany and had been in Morocco on the hippie trail before, and then in Afghanistan.
beautiful here, the blue sky, the sunshine, the mountains… It’s incredibly beautiful to me.”
Better than in Morocco Oh definitely better.

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I don’t feel as harassed as in Morocco. Harassed?”

You I guess Europeans it s a bit difficult to live together with Mohammedans.”

But here they are Mohammedans as well.” Yes, they are, but they’re all incredibly stoned!”
Hashish was everywhere. Due to the youngsters from the West, one hippie hotspot after the other emerged in Kabul.

At Signs the German, one would meet for schnitzels and beer, and later one would hang out at the Green Hotel.

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We used to sit in the Green New Hotel a lot.

There was a lot of trade. since I was mostly totally broke, I sold an old tape recorder that I got in Kandahar, in order to get money and that gave me enough money to go Pakistan and live for 3 or 4 months.

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