Category: World Travel

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All’s Well

Dear Friends and Family, Just to put everyone at ease, things appear to have returned to "normal" here in Karachi -- for the most part. I say for the most part because I almost found myself in the middle of a shootout earlier today when I was out doing some shopping. Apparently a nearby jewelry ...

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A New Day

Dear Friends and Family, I awoke this morning to a surprise: I had to push-start my uncle's truck to get to the gym. Luckily, I got my cousin to help. We got the truck going and arrived at the gym to find, fortunately, that it was open. I expected this to be the most eventful ...

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Aftermath of Bhutto Assassination: Day 3

Today was the third and final day of national mourning for Benazir Bhutto. Most stores are still closed, and the ones that are open are running short on supplies. Fortunately, we have enough food supplies on hand for now, but without new phone cards to replenish our depleted prepaid phones, we have limited phone service. ...

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Aftermath of Bhutto Assassination: Day 2

Dear Family and Friends, Today, the second day of mourning for Benazir Bhutto, brought some encouraging signs of a return to normalcy. Buses are still not running, but there are more vehicles on the roads. The burned cars and trucks that blocked several roads are in the process of being removed. Gas stations also opened ...

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Aftermath of Bhutto Assassination: Day 1

Dear Friends and Family, Today was the first day of mourning for Benazir Bhutto here in Karachi. I set out with my uncle this morning to take a tour of the neighborhood and to see for myself the carnage we've been seeing on television. As expected, stores and offices are closed. There are burned cars ...

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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, ...