The well-heeled find a watery escape in landlocked Afghanistan

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A new fad is sweeping the capital of landlocked and war-weary Afghanistan: swimming pools.

The city has at least eight massive new pool clubs.  Extras usually include saunas, Jacuzzis, massages, smoothies and sandwiches.

“Sure, we don’t have beaches like Brazil, or clubs like Dubai. But we have created our own beaches and clubs here with these pools,” said 25-year-old college student Mirwaiz Taraki between back-flips at the Nazari Sauna and Pool in Kabul’s posh New City neighborhood.

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