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.
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!