Hani, along with his friends and family looked after me wonderfully when I was in Karachi.
On the roof of Tabish’s place, Karachi
Hani’s brother Hadi
The TV room in Hani’s and Mahwish’s new place, upstair’s from Hani’s family
Siblings Huda, Hani and Hadi
At Cafe Zouk, Karachi
On Christmas day with Hani and Hadi
Hani’s cousin Michel and Hani’s family’s driver, one of their several helpers
With Hani and Mahwish
This evening I went to check my videos on YouTube, only to find the website censored! I, and most folks in Turkey are now barred from accessing the website because of a court order.
Clicked on the image below for a larger, uncropped screenshot of YouTube’s censored main page.
The Reuters story is here.
After Hani and Mehwish’s 2 wedding receptions in Karachi I flew north to Lahore. Lahore, located close to the Indian border, has an ancient past and is Pakistan’s main tourist centre. It is the capital of Punjab Province with Punjabi being the major spoken language. Lahore is also noted for its shopping and I bought some bargain souvenirs.
The next two videos were shot from a rickshaw on the way to the Data Sahib Shrine. In the second video, note the guy yelling from the van approximately 12 seconds in. He wasn’t too complimentary!
Pigeons on the roof of the Data Sahib Shrine
From the Hospital District
The decorations on the right are of a florist in the old city
The grounds of the World Heritage-listed Lahore Fort with the Badshahi Mosque in the background
The fort entry fee sign
In the fort grounds
Some of the architecture in the fort buildings, like this elephant, was intricate and beautiful
I love reflections
Lahore Fort tilework
The Lahore Fort
I didn’t see as much as I wanted to in Lahore as first thing on all mornings but one I had to rush to the toilet. For one or two hours each morning I didn’t feel 100%. By the time I felt good half the day was gone. The only morning I did not need to go to the loo I ate KFC (for health reasons, of course) the night before. At KFC I was served by speech and hearing impaired employees. The restaurant used a special system of hand signals to communicate with.
Lahore’s pollution was also challenging. I developed a sore throat and then a cold because of it. In Karachi I was protected from the pollution most of the time, travelling by air-conditioned car and staying at Hani’s place. I can’t imagine what it’s like in the heat of summer. To get used to this part of the world and enjoy their trip properly, people should stay at least a month.
The air pollution is evident in this Old City photograph
Fish offal, foam boxes and untreated sewerage make for a delightful smell and a photo not found in official tourism promotions