Four Reasons Why Robert Byron’s “Road to Oxiana” is The Ultimate Traveler’s Companion (1)

On hearing I have been to Afghanistan, the educated Persian draws a deep breath, as though to restrain himself, expresses a polite interest in Afghan welfare, and enquires with feline suavity whether I found any railways, hospitals, or schools in the country. Hospitals and schools of course, I answer; all Islam has them; as for railways, surely steam is old-fashioned in a motoring age. When I told Mirza Yantz that the Afghans discussed their political problems frankly, instead of in whispers as here, he answered: „Naturally; they are less cultured than we Persians.“

– Robert Byron, The Road to Oxiana

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