Saturday, November 22, 2008

15-16 November – Taxila and Islamabad, Pakistan

We had planned to go to Peshawar, but the violence is escalating there again and some foreigners have been targeted during the last few days. We decided to skip Peshawar.

We explored the ruins of Taxila, an ancient city from around 500 BC to 400 AD. Taxila was an important Buddhist center and we saw Buddha statues and stupas en masse.

After our adventures along the KKH, it was great to relax for a couple of days in Islamabad (and to take a shower!). Talking to some fellow travelers over a few beers was also very nice!
And we were invited for dinner to a Swiss family living in Rawalpindi. They are studying Urdu and want to work for an NGO in Pakistan in the future. We hope that there will still be some employers left for them. It seems as if most NGO’s are evacuating families from Pakistan due to the security situation.

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