Pakistan in Pictures

Family, shopping, alpine forests, mountain tops, mines, stunning architecture, history and a friendly people.

Pakistan is a treat for a traveller, where you can explore so many different landscapes and interests without having to leave the country. Below are some of the pictures I took on my first trip out there!


Karachi

Karachi was all about family, weddings, food and shopping – all pretty synonymous with everything I knew and had heard about the country from all my Pakistani friends. One thing I now know to be true, is that weddings in Pakistan are really something else!

Islamabad

Islamabad was a whole new city experience after the hustle and bustle of Karachi – traffic was calmer, the air was much cleaner and it was much colder! We were only there for a day, but I think a day or so more would have been good to really appreciate the city!

Bhurban / Murree / Patriata

I had heard so much about the North of Pakistan after some friends had travelled to the Hunza Valley and Gilgit a few years back so I was really excited to make my way up north. However, the weather and timing of the year (February) wasn’t on my side to really venture up North into the mountains, so I had to make do with the Himalayan foothills – which were no less stunning!

Khewra

As the drive from Bhurban to Lahore is about 7 hours, we felt it would be best to stop half way to stretch our legs and I had the perfect place in mind that i’d seen on a friends travels last year – the world’s largest pink salt mine, home of the ‘Himalayan’ Pink Salt we all love so much – turns out it’s actually Pakistani Punjabi Pink Salt!

Lahore

When most people in my circle talk about Lahore, it’s about weddings, shopping and food – in that order. But for me, as a history nerd, I was most looking forward to Lahore not because of those things, rather because of the rich Mughal history of the city! It really didn’t disappoint!

What ‘Back Home’ meant

As someone that is part of a diaspora community who has never said the words “back home” to refer to cultural or familial practices, going to visit India was never something I was sentimental about.

The last 3 generations of my family were all born and raised in different continents, a courtesy of the British Empire – my grandparents were born, raised in and then left British India as young adults; my parents were born, raised in and then left Zambia/Malawi (British run Southern Rhodesia/Nyasaland till 1964) as young adults and I am born, raised in and not actively planning on leaving the UK as a young adult or otherwise.

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Adriatic Explorations

Ever since reading a Sunday Times article about the magic of the Adriatic Islands on a mild British (read: raining) summer’s afternoon in 2010, Croatia has been on my bucket list. (Way before GoT was a blip on any radar!)

The pictures of the clear blue sea and brilliant beach included with the article were more suited to being associated with a Caribbean Island, never mind a Balkan country in Eastern Europe. This suspicion led to me jumping onto Google to confirm that the Sunday Times weren’t doing some fantastic work on photoshop (don’t believe everything you see in the media folks), and thus my desire to make my way to the Adriatic coast was born.

Fast forward 7 years, and I finally made it there and boy was it worth the wait!

The Itinerary

It turns out when Googling where best to visit in and around Croatia as you build your itinerary, you will invariably be frustrated because YOU ONLY HAVE SO MANY DAYS!! There’s literally so many options and things to see, it’s so difficult deciding what to settle on.

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Who Am I?

Because in this crazy Covid upside down world we’re currrently living in, why not add another blog to the internet?

Welcome, my name is Mariam and I’m a Muslim girl who lives to push against every stereotype pushed in my direction, yet I somehow manage to fall into most stereotypes anyway. Funny how that happens!  

I like to travel and enjoy taking photos of landscapes and fabulous architecture. I bake, as any self respecting Indian-Zambian Gujarati does and I am what you’d class as too school for cool as I love deep diving into history, particularly Islamic, and learning how the world has been shaped into what it is now.

From my latest bakes, to the itineraries of trips I have taken/plan to take or reflections on the histories I have learnt to the most recent photos i’ve taken – stick around, I might share something that interests you!