Aug 28, 2006
Sep 16, 2007
Similarly to why we visited Taiwan, we visited Pakistan because the family of Hussain, one of Ali's pupils, invited us to visit them. It turns out that Pakistan is a varied country with much to do - we visited Texilla, the site of an ancient civilisation. Much of it is in good condition, despite being over 6000 years old, as they used stone to build their buildings. One thing that has been evident on this trip is what a bunch of thieves the british are. We could have seen far more fantastic artifacts if it wasn't for the fact they are all in the British Museum. Having said that, a future visit to the museum will now be more meaningful for us. We visited Lahore for a few days. The Moguls are responsible for the Taj Mahal, and the same bunch built a fair amount of stuff in Lahore. A highlight was the border ceremony between India and Pakistan. You may have seen it on Michael Palin's program. It's basically the Indian and Pakistani soldiers competing to see who can look the most silly. There were even cheerleaders. Check out the photos. Oh, and despite news reports at the time that Osama was in Pakistan, we didn't find him.