In 2010 I found out that I was living on the opposite side of the world from one of the world’s most amazing places . . Bamiyan. Not opposite as in a line through the center of the earth but opposite along 34.5 degrees North Latitude.
Prescott (Arizona) is about 112.46 degrees West and Bamiyan is 67.5 degrees East.
This is the reason for the domain “Bamiyan.US.” (Perhaps also because dot-com, dot-org, and dot-info were already used by others.)
The name of the blog, “Alas Bamiyan”, alludes to the title of the 1959 novel by Pat Frank. “Alas, Babylon” concerns life in the aftermath of a nuclear exchange.