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Monthly Archive for November, 2005

Day 120: Impressions of Pakistan

People – Very generous and open hearted, sometimes embarassingly so! Of all the countries we have so far been through, we get the most friendly attention here, sometimes even get mobbed in towns with people crowding around us, all staring and eager to shake our hands. We are probably the first westerners most of them [...]

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Day 119: Exploring Punjab

After a hard day’s ride covering 62 miles, we arrived in a small town in Punjab, Ahmadpur East. Our original intention was to stay in the historic town of Uch Sharif, 20km further back, however we were miffed to find out that there were no rooms available in town! So we had to cycle on [...]

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Day 114: Neapolitan suntan

In case anyone was wondering, rest assured that our farmers’ tans that we got through Italy and Greece haven’t been lost and we have been taking great pains to ensure that our new neapolitan style tans flourish during the rest of our trip!! That’s neapolitan because our torso and feet are milky white, legs, hands [...]

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Day 110: The Diarrhoea Diaries

Over a week in Pakistan, and we seem to be suffering from bad tummies permanently!! Alas we love Pakistani food but our tummies are taking some time to adjust! On the plus side the people are super-friendly and the land is as flat as a pancake! Mountains here are little bumps less than 50m high! [...]

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Day 109: Hyderabad & environs

A few days out of Karachi we arrived in Hyderabad, the fourth largest city in Pakistan. Our police guard escorted us to a good hotel (and left instructions with management that we were not to be allowed out of the hotel without a police escort! So off we went (with the police acting as our [...]

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Day 105: Thatta region

From Karachi, we decided to take the national highway to Hyderabad, to see more of the major towns in this region of Sindh, rather than following the ‘super highway’, which is shorter but with hardly any towns or villages along the way. The next day we arrived in the town of Gharo – where we [...]

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Day 102: Karachi

We spent a leisurely day today walking the streets of Karachi and visiting some of the famous historic sites. The most notable was the mausoleum of the country’s founder Quaid-e-Azam. It is a lovely white marble modern structure, situated on a slight hill, with four large gates at each point of the compass. We also [...]

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Day 100: Goodbye Turkey, Hello Pakistan

Having had our bikes trussed up in a great ball of cellotape and packing paper by airport officials we left the freezing climate of Ankara (6C) for the 33C heat in Karachi. Our plane landed at 3am in the morning – we had to stay at a cheap hotel at the airport overnight before heading [...]

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Day 99: Impressions of Turkey

Fusion of East and West – Initially strange to the outsider, Turkey is an amazing fusion of Europe and Middle East. Intermingled in the streets of Turkey are shops selling fashionable western brands with old Arabian style bazaars, girls in mini skirts walking next to women clad in burkas and headscarves, old fashioned men-only coffee [...]

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Day 97: Should we stay or should we go now?

‘Should we fly or should we cycle If we fly there will be no trouble If we cycle there will be double So come on and let me know Should we fly or should we cycle’ …in the words of Steppenwolf, we had a major decision to make: to cycle on to Iran (having just [...]

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