Somewhere in Baltoro

Pakistan travel stories

Wedding Season in Lahore, Pakistan

It was wedding season in Lahore, and this time I was ready. I laid out my various suits and saris on the bed to make sure I had appropriate accessories for each outfit, and an outfit for each day of the wedding. Something bright and playful for the mehndi (traditional...

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Covering My Head in Pakistan

Sitting on the plane from Kuwait to Islamabad, I kept wondering how big an issue wearing a headscarf would be – I am a woman entering a Muslim country after all. Friends who had been to Pakistan several years ago said they had been given bad looks for having their...

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Trekking up Baltoro in Pakistan

I had heard from trekking friends that the Baltoro Glacier, in the Karakorum Range in northeastern Pakistan, was one of the most beautiful places in the world. I just got back from there and they were right! There are two mountain ranges, the Himalayas and the...

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18-Day Global Exploration

Washington, DC, July 10, 2006 - Long before the term “global economy” came into use, the borderless world was a reality thanks to caravans that moved spices, silk, gold and tea in an undulating, arduous course threading from the Far East to Arabia and into North...

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