Friday, June 3, 2011

Peshawar and Beauty ... a little more to share!



Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Pakistan blog post created an interesting comment on Facebook. A old friend from high school who happens to be in the military commented about how "it's beautiful over there, but they don't like Westerners." Or words to that effect. Like many places in the world, there are people that like us and those that don't. Some like us but not our government or our policies and all sorts of various combinations. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of State, it would not be the best time for us to plan a vacation to Pakistan.

Bashir, our driver in the bottom photo, stuck to my sister and I like glue in Peshawar. He hadn't done that in Islamabad, so maybe he knew something that we didn't.

Like I said, Peshawar was still my favorite place in Pakistan. (Though I loved it up in the Northwest as well.) I hope it becomes safer for "Westerners" to travel there again soon, so that many more people can share and experience in this unique and amazing place. We enjoyed it so much. It was extraordinarily interesting and in so many ways it was incredibly beautiful, including of course, the people.

Peshawar, Pakistan Fall 1997
As always, you can click to enlarge
but sorry about the scanning quality
of the prints!




I love all the turquoise on the buildings! Isn't it beautiful?!


My sister Penny at the hotel ... (and behind the kids in the photo above)


Looking down from our room ...




My parents and sister in the street with children ...


Here we are with Bashir, our driver. (Like I said in a previous post, if you aren't from there, you really have to have a driver!) I have to crack up looking at the Mickey Mouse camera strap on my Minolta and my giant VHSC video recorder! So much for blending in!



We live only to discover beauty.
All else is a form of waiting.

~Kahlil Gibran


p.s. Yesterday was my final exam in Italian 102 ... now on to study for Art History!

Have a beautiful weekend everyone!!!
Blessings and light!


14 comments:

Cristina said...

Queste foto sono molto belle, colorate e chiare. Bel paese e belle case molto colorate. Complimenti. Ciao Cri : )

mermaid gallery said...

I traveled through Pakistan by bus in 1973. it was a hard journey over bumpy desert in a packed bus and more people riding on top. I remember a fellow fell off and we had to go back for him...it was brutal. I didn't get to see many of the beautiful places...I really only saw desert. I remember being very happy when I finally arrived in India because women were visible again. It's a tough life for a woman in Pakistan.

PK Studios said...

My goodness, I never saw these photos! It's like watching myself in a movie from a dream.... it seems so long ago now. Good job : )

melissa n. said...

your insight as well as your amazing photography continue to inspire me!! Bravo!

donna baker said...

You too Lucinda. Methinks you are a star.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Love the look of these photos, Lucinda. Yeah, people the world over need to break down those barriers of politics and get to know who's on the inside of that skin. I'm afraid your gorgeous blond hairs and white skin didn't help you blend in as well!
Another quote you might like from a "Be Good Tanyas" song...
'You pass through places
and places pass through you
And you carry them with you
On the souls of your travelling shoes.'
from "The Littlest Birds sing the prettiest songs"

jane said...

my god! they are gorgeous! i love your eye. every picture tells a story...
p.s. how´s the italian coming along?
xxx

jane said...

just saw your p.s.
hope it went well!

A Brush with Color said...

I love these Pakistan photos--they're wonderful. "Other-worldly." Good luck on the last exams!

Cobalt Violet said...

Cri- Grazie mille!

Susan- I am sorry you didn't get to see the beautiful places! Some areas are definitely more "progressive" than others. We spent a lot of time in Islamabad and the women were out and about, heads uncovered.

PK~ so funny, you never saw these? You look beautiful!

Melissa- thank you my friend!

Donna- Thank you!!! :)

Kerry- I know ... the pale skin was a give away, even with all the fabric! I love those song lyrics!!! I am going to have to look that up!!!

Jane- OK ... HUGE compliment coming from you! Thank you!

Suzanne- Thanks for the compliment and the luck!!!

erin said...

hi lucinda!

oh my.........lovin all your images from Pakistan!! especially the turquoise color everywhere!! and the photo of Penney looking out the window, looks like something out of a movie.....beautiful. you girls are so lucky to have the opportunity to see such interesting places....

good luck with art history!

erin
xxoo

Mélanie A. said...

I love your pictures from Pakistan . I hope it will become safer soon . I dream about Pakista,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening dear! How do you feel about your Italian exam? I hope you did well. Wow, these photos are gorgeous with that touch of turquoise! Thank you for coming for a visit. So nice.....Anita

JM said...

I just love the Pakistan series! Great posts!