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October 2, 2007
We paid 190RP for our train tickets to Peshawar. That's $3.17 for both of us. It wasn't as nice as the train from Lahore to Rawalpindi but it got us here. The trip only took a bit over 3 ½ hrs. If you are traveling Pakistan by rail our advice is to just ask the clerk for the best seat they have to wherever …
We arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan at about 03:15, Sunday morning. We were met by an expediter to help us navigate Pakistani Immigration. It felt good to finally receive the entry stamp in our passports after having waited nine an one-half months for our Pakistani visas.
Waiting for our bags, the area really reminded me of the baggage area at the airport in Georgetown, Guyana. It did seem to take a while, but ...
As soon as I entered, the first thing I noticed was the cold. Then the scenery came, and how beautiful was it! It was covered in snow. The huge boulder like mountains, and the glaciers were completely topped with snow. From far away, it looked like vanilla ice-cream. But, we had more important things to think about, rather than talk about ice-cream.
But how steep was it! We saw a few people and some mountain-goats climbing the mountain, and to ...
... set off with five of my close friends to Azad Kashmir “Neelam Valley” or Pakistan Held Kashmir as famous on the World Wide Web. It's a beautiful mountain state with clear rivers, evergreen forests and one of the highest death rates in the world. It is at the center of an age-old dispute between Pakistan and India that has dragged on from the independence of both nations over sixty years ago to the present time, with no resolution in sight.
The story of ...
... beginning with the Indus-Valley civilization, followed by the Aryan invasion, followed by the Islamic invasions and immigrations, till partition, up until present-day Pakistan. I always knew that the visionaries behind modern Pakistan were progressive-minded individuals, but the museum reinforced that thought. The high regard for the rule of law, equality amongst people, a strong economy, and an equally powerful military were the main priorities of people like ...