For the Fast Runners, Tuesday was their first day in NYC started with morning orientation at Fenton Communications. Then sandwiches (“Why do Americans like cold food?) and off on a double decker bus to tour Manhattan. There are 6 young men in this group, four women, plus Fahim our Entrepreneurial Advisor in Mazar, and Soraya our Afghan Country Director based in Kabul.
Bpeacers jumping on and off the bus with the Afghans were giddy to see the city through their eyes. The Fast Runners were interested in everything—the people on the street, the architecture, the fact that the buildings were so tall, the lighted billboards in Times Square. When the group reached Battery Park they had such an appreciation to be so close to the water!
Agnes Terestchenko: “The most striking part for me is that they all wanted to go to the Apple store! amazing coming from Mazar! A big Hourrah to Steve Jobs!”
Gita Patel found it fascinating that “they were very interested in taking pictures of buildings under construction (not just Iqbal who is in construction).”
Escorting the Afghans to the film Secretariat, Liz Wald reports “they took everything in stride. At one point the movie cut out completely – right at a climax moment of the final race of the triple crown!! – and they joked about how they had power outages in Afghanistan all the time…ha!”