Category: World Travel

A Year to Remember

Yesterday, July 12, 2008, marked exactly a year since I left New York and embarked on my backpacking tour. My journey led me to some of the most storied cities of Europe, from London to Istanbul. I continued East and explored the colorful, cacophonous, and awe-inspiring India. I then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan and found ...

Next Stop: Dubai

Dear Friends and Family, The last time you heard from me was a little over a month ago. Let me assure you, I've spared you. I do not think you would have much enjoyed my reports from the swamplands of Florida where I went to visit my mother (for the record, she's doing well and ...

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The Adventure Continues

Dear Friends and Family, Remember those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books we read as kids?  There would come a point in the story where we would have a choice: Does Tim investigate the strange scratching sound coming from the closet or does he scramble down through the trapdoor?  It seems that such twists in the ...

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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 ...