[My 3 months in Pakistan #0] Introduction + 10 PICS

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3 summers ago, I've decided to go for an university internship somewhere aboad. The country of my choice ended up being Pakistan - country I've heard of only as a terrorist paradise before. It all happened in summer 2014 and changed me more than I'd ever expect.

Hello people!

It was late March, for the first time after 4 years I didn't have a girlfriend and I suddenly didn't feel like spending summer in Slovakia. And I knew there's this IAESTE organization which could arrange some summer internship for me. I've checked the list of destinations and as expected in late March, most of the places were already taken. Left ones were some boring European countries...and Pakistan :)

Preparations


Over the next 4 months, I had to finalize quite a lot of paperwork, had 3 Visa trips to Pakistani embassy in Vienna (Austria) because there's no embassy in Slovakia, took 8 vaccination shots and on July 14h, I was good to go, boarding a plane in direction -> Dubai -> Islamabad.

Funny circumstances

Drunk guy with 5kg protein powder in his luggage flying to Islamabad...
Stupid enough, because I was trying to be a bodybuilder those days, half of my luggage was a 5kg protein powder just in case they don't have such stuff there :D..Also, I was heading to country with complete ban on alcohol of any sort, still half drunk after finishing a 4 day-long music festival just 12 hours prior to my plane departure.

My experience

Those tree months were probably the most important 3 months of my life so far. I've realized many of true life's values, met AMAZING beautiful people, saw some real hard life stories and but also a georgous country and its culture. I've also understood what real islamic religion is about and how massively misinterpeted it is in the western world.

Some random pictures to wake up your interest :D

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Pakistan Independence Day, we got dressed up


Not enough place for separate dishing, massage parlour and butcher's, no problem :)

No traffic lights, no problem :)

No local aquapark, no problem :)

Pakistan, Turkey, Slovakia, UK, Spain, Oman...4 religions and no problem :)

No bridge, no problem :)

Not enough seats in beetle-sized taxi, no problem :)

Living on the Himalayan hillsides, no electricty, no heating, no problem :)

Now let's talk together about our difficult tough lives and our problems...

I hope that in these posts I'll be able to properly explain what I've experienced that summer so you all could get some value out of it.

Thanks for reading!
Martin

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They would never allow me inside Pakistan as I am an Indian, LOL.

Haha you'd have a hard time in Pakistan for sure hahah :D

I don't get there in the first place! :)

We want everyone to visit Pakistan and there is nothing like not giving Visa to Indian. If he wants to come than he should apply for visiting Pakistan and it was really nice to hear a words from you about Pakistan!

IF PEOPLE WANTS TO SEE MORE ABOUT PAKISTAN THEN I HAVE MY SERIES OF POSTS, They can see there;

  1. https://steemit.com/travel/@shahidshah/picturepakistan-8-or-photography-or-series-of-photography-or-colorful-pakistan-or-two-best-places-for-tourism-and-tourists

Here is the latest post from that series!

I didnot know pakistan is such fun because it we perceive the country differently but hey its beautiful and the pics are great
By the way the people are so beautiful
Your introduction post is also great

Thx :)

Thumbs up for @matkodurko
Being a Pakistani, I am much glad and obliged to you and your selection. Pakistan is a country where you find awsome stuff like food, attractive and historical places. People are too much caring and loving. Hospitality of Pakistani people is very famous arround the World.

I would say speacial thanks to @matkodurko for sharing brilliant post

Exactly! It was almost unbelievable how hospitable people were...you won't find not even remotely similar hospitality here in Europe...

E.g. couple of minutes ago, some old woman told me to "fuck off" cuz I was sitting on the bench under her window :D

hilarious

cool pakistan country..

Nice write up man

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thanks for positive words about pakistan. Generally pakistani people very loving and hospitable people. We are very peace loving nation over all with lot of beautiful places and delicious food.

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The photo saying no traffic lights no problem shows to me it is a city I would feel at home in. I like these chaotic places.