Apologies for using a Thin Lizzy song-title at the top of a post, but it neatly summarizes events here in Kabul. My boys got back safely late this afternoon, after deciding to cut short their trip south. They accomplished 90% of what we needed on the first day, so there was no need to stay overnight and risk a second day.
The only tense moments (for them) came towards the end, when there was some question as to whether or not they would get back into Kabul before dark. The roads outside of town are considerably less safe once the sun goes down. I, of course, was tense the whole time. Methinks I am going to have to get used to this if I'm going to last in this job.
Anyway, as hoped for, no contact, no trouble. And no donkey-related close calls either.