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Turning 40 in Afghanistan. In pictures.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by Marianne Elliott

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Starting the day with a friend in Ghor

Chopper ride

The ancient Russian helicopter was specially selected to make me look young.

Stunning scenery as a birthday treat.

Birthday celebrations at the shelter (blurry to protect the innocent, including me in a silly hat)

The girls made me presents

Birthday dress - make by women at the shelter

Tea with a dear friend

Birthday dinner with another old friend (at the house I lived in when I first came to Herat)

Second birthday cake of the day. Less fancy. But delicious and made with love.



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10 Responses to "Turning 40 in Afghanistan. In pictures."

  1. Akhila says:

    Wonderful birthday pictures, Marianne! Many happy returns to you.

  2. LOVE these and seeing your face. What an incredible way to spend your 40th! 🙂

  3. Lindsay says:

    You don’t need no ancient Russian helicopter to look young sweetie. What a wonderful way to share your special day – made my heart glow to see. Much love to you xx

  4. Wendy Moore says:

    Another day to be alive, friends, cakes made with love, rose petals and bling! What a great birthday combination. Hope it is a wonderful year for you.

  5. Leonie says:

    Looks like a fabulous day.
    Belated birthday greetings to you Marianne!

    May this coming year, and all the ones that follow, be amazing for you.

  6. Swirly says:

    You look radiant and joyful and beautiful!!

  7. Anne-Marie says:

    Happy birthday, Marianne! Looks like it was a special day for you.

  8. Gisele Lupi says:

    Wow, you look like you belong…how beautiful!

  9. Tina Tierson says:

    What a fabulous birthday you had!! (and you look about 12, missy!!)

    The pictures are wonderful and really moving. I got a bit teary looking at them. I think because what you’re doing is to incredible and so few would be brave enough to try. You really are beautiful, inside and out.

  10. Rachael says:

    Gorgeous pics Marianne! Looking forward to a belated celebration with you in person sometime soon. x

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