A Walk in Kabul




place follow (2) oh my goodness
palace get out of pay/paid/paid
vlog try/tried eat/ate/eaten
pocket figure (2) it doesn’t matter
insist oh my god nice/nicer/nicest
still (2) all the time take/took/taken
local give back give/gave/given
rescue put/put/put understand/understood/understood
guess superior (2) speak/spoke/spoken
keep (2) go through come/came/come
run-in figure out make/made/made
passport come out of see/saw/seen
right (5) impossible know/knew/known
explain walk around say/said/said
hard (2) surrounded find/found/found



Video (from 6:20 to 11:20)




Travel Presenter: “Oh my goodness.”
Boy: “Oh my god!”

I’m gonna walk down here. I’m gonna explain what happened in the ice-cream shop.

Here’s my place.

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So I was trying to explain what happened yesterday. It’s so hard to vblog with these kids following me and talking. And it doesn’t matter if you give them money or not; they still follow you.

So yesterday right out here I got stopped by a Taliban guy. And he took my phone — and he wasn’t the nicest guy — he took my phone, took my camera, took my passport, and . . .

He didn’t speak English, so I’m trying to insist that he give me back my phone. And he didn’t understand what I was saying. He just took it off me and put it in his pocket.

So I’m like, “Give me back my phone.”

And then some locals came to my rescue, translating. He was on his phone, I’m guessing to his superiors or something, went through my passport, gave me my passport back.

And I keep asking for my phone, because I wanted to make a phone call to someone, to talk to him. But that didn’t happen.

Eventually he gave me my phone back, and my camera and that was it. Everything was OK.

He’s probably never seen a tourist before, I don’t know.

That’s my first run-in with the Taliban.

Now I just have to figure out how to get out of Kabul, because it’s becoming impossible.

I’m in the same places all the time, because I’m walking around the park all the time, because I don’t know where else to go.

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Okay, I’ve just come out of the ice-cream place. Look who’s here!

Food here?

If I can find some food place.

Oh my goodness; I’m surrounded.

Oh my god — there’s about twenty kids here.

Travel Blogger: “I don’t have a dollar. Okay.

No, I don’t have a dollar.

You want to eat? Do you want one of these?”


Yeah, yeah, I’ll buy.

How many?


I’ll buy it.

Oh my god, they’re just taking it.

Yes . . . I’ll pay. I’ll buy.

I don’t know how many they took . . . the kids just took one each, as soon as I said I’d pay for them.

Is it good? It’s good?

What do you say? Thank you.

Kids: “Thank you.”

Travel Blogger: “Yeah. All of them.”

Okay, alright. I don’t know how many of these they took. No it was more than that. How many?

I think I just bought twenty of them.

Okay, okay. And two more. Two more. Okay and two more.

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Afghanistan. The travel presenter was in New York City. True or false?

Pakistan. Did she go into cafe and have a cup of coffee?

Tajikistan. She talked about meeting an old friend on the street. Is this right or wrong? Was it a positive or scary experience for her? Did she end up in jail?

Uzbekistan. When the travel blogger left the ice-cream parlor, she saw many tourists walking around. Is this correct or incorrect?

Iran, Persia. Did the children threaten her? Did they try to rob her? Were they mean and threatening?

Azerbaijan. The kids wanted to practice their English with a foreigner. Do you agree?

Iraq. Did everyone go into a fruit and vegetable stand?

India. What happened at the bread stall? Were the children very happy? Was the travel presenter very happy? How did the bread vendor feel?
Turkmenistan. I have been to Afghanistan (or Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Uzbekistan). Yes or no? Do you know anyone who has been to Afghanistan (or Iran, Egypt, Turkey, Uzbekistan)?

Turkey. Are there street children in your city? Have you seen street children in cities?

Lebanon. Why are there street children? What can be done to help street children?

Syria. Have you or your friends ever been in a difficult or scary situation?

Jordan. What might happen in the future?

Armenia. Would you like to travel to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan?

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