Chronicles of one girl's journey to London - from conception to eventual migration.

PAKISTAN


I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. My father and mother were actually living in Oman at the time but decided to have me in their home country. I was there for a couple of months before I was taken back to Oman.

I went back again when I was about to turn 1. My sisters were about to be born and, once again, my parents decided it would be best to have them in Pakistan.

February 1987 in Karachi - just after my sisters were born

So, I have never actually lived in Pakistan but I have visited many times. I have not been back since 1998 or 1999 (I can't remember which!)

We have been to Lahore where my mother grew up. Lahore is a bustling city and I always attribute the smell of motorcycle exhausts and backfiring cars to this place. My maternal grandmother lived there, as well as my 3 uncles and aunt (until she married someone who lived in New York and moved there).

May 1991 in Lahore - visiting family

My father lived most of his later life in Karachi, where his father still is. We used to visit my grandfather there often and I have some good memories of this place though most are in his house. My best memories, though, are of my godparents' house there. They lived in Cyrus Colony, a Parsi community and we used to go on donkey cart rides, play in the massive garden and go in to town to the Pizza Hut - fine dining for us at the time.

Then, there is Islamabad. My dad's sister and cousin both lived there before the cousin moved to the USA. We visited them only a handful of times but it was always fun. We spent one new year's there and it was not bad. I must have been about 12 and my cousins took me out to a hotel with their friends. That same trip, we visited Pakistan's famous Murree district and that was gorgeous. Lush green hills and snow-capped peaks.
I also tried my first cigarette in Islamabad when I was 10 (sorry parents) but never picked up the habit because it smelled so bad and tasted terrible (OK parents?).

So, there you have it. The very first place I have ever been! I realize this isn't a helpful list of places to visit when there, so I recommend starting with Pakistan's wiki page and then getting more information from there.

My time there was always family oriented so we never did the major tourist things that I can remember!


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