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Asia » Pakistan » Karachi June 14th 2016

Photo session with Mona.... read more
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Asia » Pakistan » Karachi May 25th 2014

Vor einiger Zeit wurde ich von einem Bekannten, der zur pakistanischen Oberschicht gehört und dementsprechend reich ist, zu einem "kleinen Abendessen" auf der Yacht eines seiner Freunde eingeladen. Ich war damals noch neu im Lande und deshalb froh über jede Möglichkeit neue Leute kennen zu lernen. Mittlerweile sind einige dieser Bekanntschaften wieder erloschen oder wurden von mir erstickt, sobald klar wurde, dass die Personen mehr an meinem Beruf als an mir als Person interessiert waren. Erwähnter Bekannter ist übrigens immer noch in meiner Kontaktliste. Aber zurück zu jenem Abend. Eigentlich war eine Mitfahrgelegenheit mit einem Kollegen geplant, aus der dann jedoch wegen Kommunikationsproblemen nichts wurde. Also schickte mein Bekannter kurzerhand seinen Wagen samt zwei Bodyguards vor meine Haustür. Ich wusste lediglich, dass da jemand kommen würde, jedoch kannte ich weder Mod... read more

Asia » Pakistan » Karachi May 23rd 2014

Seit mittlerweile über neun Monaten lebe ich nun hier in Karachi, der mit vorsichtig geschätzten 13 Millionen Einwohnern größten Stadt Pakistans. Ich kam hier im letzten August an und hatte keine Vorstellung von dieser Stadt und dem, was mich hier erwarten würde. Ich hatte mich vorher bewusst nicht sehr intensiv informiert, weil ich einfach alles selbst frisch und von Vorurteilen unbelastet wahrnehmen wollte. Den üblichen hysterischen Klischees - Bomben!!! Attentate!!! Tod!!! - konnte ich dennoch nicht aus dem Weg gehen, dachte mir jedoch, so schlimm könne es schon nicht sein. Jetzt nach einem dreiviertel Jahr kann ich eine positive, erste Bilanz ziehen: Es lässt sich hier mit einigen Einschränkungen durchaus gut leben. Und langweilig wird es auch nicht. Keinesfalls. Von daher habe ich meine Entscheidung für diese Stadt bisher keine Sekunde bereut. Es dauert eine Weile, ... read more

Asia » Pakistan » Karachi January 22nd 2013

Trip to SeaView on Sunday morning, 20th January, 2013... read more
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Asia » Pakistan » Karachi October 3rd 2012

“Pakistan? Pakistan!? Are you crazy, why are you going to Pakistan?” My colleague almost yelled as I broke the news of my upcoming business trip, her eyes wide with surprise. As I calmed her down and explained my excitement about the trip – how I was looking forward to explore the business opportunity and to get to discover a new and different country - she eventually waved me off with an “Ok, please be safe, and I do hope to see you back!” It’s kind of funny, but she wasn’t the only one with that kind of reaction to me going on this trip. Whereas I myself never felt anything of the kind. I think that people sometimes confuses Pakistan with some of its surrounding countries, some of which has kind of a bad reputation. And ... read more

Asia » Pakistan » Karachi February 14th 2011

Attending Hadi's Wedding with Chris and Seb.... including Trip to Lahore and Islamabad... read more
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Asia » Pakistan » Karachi August 5th 2010

Day 24 Esfahan to Tehran (Tues 27thJuly) Up early for a 0800 start today. Heading back to Tehran for one night - our last in Iran. Since we have already travelled this leg, there were no real stops this time and the day went by rather quickly, with only 6.5 hours spend on the coach. We made it to the hotel (the same 4 star hotel we stayed in just a few days ago) by 1500. However, despite the fact that we were in so early, we found that by the time we settled and ate, we were just too weary to go out anywhere. Tehran is not the friendliest feeling city in the world though so we weren’t really feeling any great desire to go out anyway. We do know that tomorrow will be a ... read more
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Asia » Pakistan » Karachi March 10th 2010

Pakistan An early leave is required and we were due to take the bus at 5am. At 4:56am I decide to Wake up and blind panic takes hold!! I rush to get my bits n bobs together and make it to the hotel lobby just in time (well, 5mins late to be precise). Good job I’d packed the night before!! Karachi We get through the airport without delay and fly onto Karachi. Apon arrival we are met by our guide Amjad, who greets us enthusiastically and welcomes us to his country. Despite the concerns from family and friends and from what we’ve read or heard in the media regarding terrorism and bombs etc etc Amjad immediately puts us at ease and tells us that the people of Pakistan are welcoming and very hospitable. Lets hope so, ... read more
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Asia » Pakistan » Karachi November 13th 2009

It was wonderful spending almost 2 weeks with Mary, Joe, and little Samuel!! We hung out at home, went to restaurants, Pakistan National Museum, a day at the beach wıth a British famıly, had street food (mmmm), went to the community to see Mary's work, Waldo saw a bit of another NGO. Compared wıth the cıtıes ın India, Karachi seemed a bit more organized, clean, and generally less chaotic. Waldo and I managed to get around on rıckshaws, goıng to the Cathedral, shoppıng areas, and the Masoleum (where the foundıng father of Pakıstan ıs burıed). Whenever I took a rıckshaw by myself though, I seemed to get a drıver who SAID he knew where he was goıng but he DEFINITELY dıd not. We had to stop multıple tımes to fınd someone who spoke englısh so I ... read more
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Asia » Pakistan » Karachi November 3rd 2009

There are only 2 ways to cross the India-Pakistan border: walk across in the north at the Wagha border or take the train across the south. We heard about the Thar Express (train that crosses border once a week) from a CSer but could not find hardly any information on it online or at train stations in India. Finally, in Jodhpur (where the train departs from) we found the nearly abandoned station that is only in use for the special Thar express. From the time we arrived at the train station in Jodhpur at 10 pm to the time we arrived at the station in Karachi about 5 am, we'd spent nearly 31 hours waiting, going through security checkpoints, sleeping, chatting, eating local food and our mangled peanut butter sandwiches, trying to sleep more - it ... read more
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