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Status Update

Dear Friends and Family, Thank you for the outpour of support and for your prayers during this turbulent time. I'm happy to report that telephones are working again. It is rumored that the next three days will be official mourning days, as is standard. During this time offices and stores will be closed. Otherwise, all ...

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Benazir Bhutto Assassinated!

Dear Family and Friends, When I sent the update email earlier, I had no idea what was happening further north in Pakistan. As you may have heard by now, Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, was assassinated earlier this evening. Various groups have taken to the streets here in Karachi to protest the ...

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Happy Holidays!

Dear Family and Friends, Eid Mubarak, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy New Year! Sorry to be late for most and early for the last, but due to internet limitations, I have to economize my emails. I hope you are well, and I wish you a blessed holiday season. When you last heard from me, ...

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Now Dubai, Pakistan Next

Dear Family and Friends, Marhaba from Dubai! It's been far too long since I sent an update. I was in India for the past month, and one thing after another seemed to interfere with my plans to send a comprehensive update. In any case, here's the low down: First off, you probably recall that I ...

In India

Dear Friends and Family, It seems that time's been picking up speed lately. The last time I emailed you, I had just arrived in Bulgaria. Since then I've spent five days in Istanbul, Turkey, made a pit stop in Doha, Qatar, and already been in Hyderabad, India for three days now. It's been a whirlwind, ...

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Bulgaria

Dear Family and Friends, After a little over two weeks in beautiful, at times confounding, Italy, I've landed in Eastern Europe. I arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria two nights ago after more than 26 hours on a train from Budapest. My initial plan to city-hop through Eastern Europe to use up my Eurorail Pass had to ...

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And Now, Italy

Dear Family and Friends, The last time I wrote you, I had just arrived in Marrakech. I stayed there this past week and had an amazing time. Thank you for your suggestions and advice. I will write in detail about my visit in my blog, but in the meantime, you'll be happy to know that ...

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Serendipitous Encounters

When I entered Mad Hostel, I noticed an attractive, Indian-looking girl at the front desk. I asked her in Spanish where she was from. "Los Estados Unidos," she responded with a thick, American accent. I laughed and teased her in English that she needed to work on her accent. We started chatting while she waited ...

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Farewell, Marrakesh

I packed up my belongings this morning. Faical's mother tried to help me, but I showed her that I was rolling my clothes and not folding them. She seemed surprised by this unusual way of packing. After some time she retrieved two dinner napkins from a cabinet and presented them to me. This was a ...

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Encore

This morning Anas and I decided to go to Oasis, a water park on the outskirts of Marrakesh. Sarah asked to come along, too. As we were finalizing our plans, I received a shocking piece of news: Latifa had stayed back in Marrakesh for another day instead of leaving with her family for Casablanca. The ...

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