Looking at a map of Afghanistan you can see Kabul city is tucked at the foothills of the Hindu Kush Mountain Range. NKC (New Kabul Compound) is at 6,000′ elevation and is a small place, specifically speaking about half the size of the high school. The showers are the best and the cuisine is enjoyable. In the basement of one of the office buildings we have a weight room several times bigger then BUHS’s. Our living and work space is small. I call my room the micro mini condo of Kabul. I’m happy to report my “Micro Mini Condo”, no matter how small, far exceeds “The Shack”. My roommate, Nancy, is from Canada. Quebec to be exact, strangely enough she doesn’t like hockey, but not all is lost, she has a great personality and is a dedicated solider. Her husband and two boys live in the city close to Chateao Frantenac, Citadelle de Quebec and lle d’Orleans (sp). Nancy has many years in the Canadian military and is currently working with Afghan’s at the local Hospital/school. She manages her Canadian colleagues who teaches basic principles of medical care to the Afghan’s. Nancy leaves the compound often to travel to the hospital/school. Any departure from here means wearing full battle rattle, heavy to wear, however, no complaints. The hospital is four floors and was built years back by the Russian’s. The facility is often full, from what I understand, their ailments wouldn’t necessarily warrant hospital admission in our country. The Canadian medical team has 5 doctors, 2 dentist, doctor’s physician and nurses. The hospital has four operating rooms, with that said the Doc’s contribute in the direction of training their counter parts. They don’t do surgery, however, once an emergency occurred and the Doc’s stepped in to help. I must say, a significant contribution by the Doctors to be in Kabul, understanding they too carry a weapon and full battle rattle. The Canadian medical team principles are born of respect to the Afghan way, balanced with supportive partnership to improve health services and medical care to local population in the city. Similarly to what the American’s try and accomplish with Afghan security. Departing the gate is in fact plucky….Things are dangerous and events occur often, with that said we have great force protection, meaning the right people keeping us safe.