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Taxila is the place where Alexander the Great had to realise that total world domination was not going to happen. They did leave a lot of Greek culture in this ancient Bhuddist place, though :)

Taxila is such a big place with so many interesting archeological sites that it would literally take weeks to really explore it. Alas, I only had one afternoon, of which two hours of wonderful daylight was dedicated to visit yet another orange grove. Yes. Don't ask.

We did manage to visit the local museum and the excavation site of one of the oldest universities of the world.

Taxila )
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Taxila is the place where Alexander the Great had to realise that total world domination was not going to happen. They did leave a lot of Greek culture in this ancient Bhuddist place, though :)

Taxila is such a big place with so many interesting archeological sites that it would literally take weeks to really explore it. Alas, I only had one afternoon, of which two hours of wonderful daylight was dedicated to visit yet another orange grove. Yes. Don't ask.

We did manage to visit the local museum and the excavation site of one of the oldest universities of the world.

Taxila )
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I just realised that I've never got around to sharing a lot of the pictures that I took in the last two weeks of my stay in Pakistan, which was when we had two weddings (eight days of celebrations altogether) and afterward we finally had some free time to do stuff that tourists would do if there were any tourists in that country :)

What you are seeing is a 16th century fortress, which not only still houses an entire village in its walls but had several huge courts reserved for the governing family and high ranking military leaders.


Rohtas Fort )
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I just realised that I've never got around to sharing a lot of the pictures that I took in the last two weeks of my stay in Pakistan, which was when we had two weddings (eight days of celebrations altogether) and afterward we finally had some free time to do stuff that tourists would do if there were any tourists in that country :)

What you are seeing is a 16th century fortress, which not only still houses an entire village in its walls but had several huge courts reserved for the governing family and high ranking military leaders.


Rohtas Fort )
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There are rumours that some sort of attempt is being made to topple the government.

Today we had nearly eight hours of power cuts instead of the usual two or three hours effectively cutting off any kind of news transmission including internet.

Mh.

Usually this type of thing does not go well for the obviously western foreigners around...
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My husband bought me a litre of cranberry juice.

Which costs around £ 4 here.

Which would be about a tenth of many people's monthly income.

I feel quite decadent and spoilt.

Floods

Aug. 27th, 2010 10:25 pm
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The water just doesn't want to go away.

It's awful. It's much, much worse than awful but I can't think of any adequate word. North and south of where I am it's hell on earth.

Between 17 and 20 million people have been affected. That's what the UN and the Pakistani government says.

'Affected' meaning their houses, all belongings, lifestock, crops and even their families have been lost in the masses of waters. Soon, waterborne diseases will start rampaging...  For at least two years, nearly all food will have to be imported as practically the entire crop of this year is lost. I do not know how the poorer families will be able to pay for imported food.

Many areas haven't even been reached because they are so remote and bridges and roads have simply disappeared.

Governments are sending aid but my mother says that at least in Germany, private people are reluctant to donate because they fear that the money will not reach the flood victims.

On my flight here I personally met Red Cross aid workers who assured me that they are controlling who will receive and what will be done with the money.

This catatsrophe is bigger than the 2004 tsunami, the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir and the Haiti earthquake combined. I don't know why it's so bloody quiet out there.
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It's hot.

I mentioned that before, didn't I?

Tania is starting school tomorrow and we are nearly off to buy her uniform.

I am starting school on first of September ;)

My husband is busy negociating to start a poultry farm business with his father. Or take over the slightly neglected curtain/upholstery fabric business. Or... something. Yes. It's just as organised as it sounds. But hey, we've been here for ten days only.

I've been trying to post some pics, but don't manage to upload them. Mmh.

I haven't found a place or the state of mind to write. It's diconcerting.

Something else has happened that is a bit disconcerting and I seriously wonder what the future brings...

I'll try for a pic again.



YAY!

That's our entry/small terrace.
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Maybe.

Let me start from the beginning.

My language course-start was an epic fail due to the lack of a document that I need from the Ministry of Interior, which will take three days or up to two months to procure. Secretely I was relieved since I could not sleep all night to messed up sleeping patterns/heat/the fan.

Instead of starting the course, we went to Tania's potential school to see the director.

After about ten seconds in front of her desk she forgot all about our purpose for being there and latched on to me, practically begging me to teach German at the school.

The offer is rather excellent for a local school and I would leave with Tani in the morning and depending on whether I would go for 'teaching only' (six hours/day) or for a combined post with administrative duties (eight hours/day) I might even be able to go home with Tani.

Very tempting even though I never ever contemplated teaching.

She is also offering full training and Urdu lessons and waiving Tani's tuition fees...

Very tempting.

Oh well, I have a few days to think about it.
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*waves*

We have arrived safely after a gruelling, long flight and an even more gruelling wait for the luggage in what seemed to be 132% humidity.

Recovering from motion-sickness tablets, stress, jet lag and general extreme change of climate has not exactly worked out as of yet. Ramadan makes it even more difficult, as the family stays up late and sleeps during the day, which of course Tania does not do. So she and I are the only ones up at the moment and I must say I'd much rather lay down right now.

It's bloody hot.

I better get this schedule thing fixed, since I just found out that my language course started two weeks ago (I missed 50!!!! hours of lessons!) and I will have to get on the bus to the university at effing 7 am from Monday.

Yes. This Monday. The day after tomorrow. Gah.

Will post more pictures soon.

Will reply to emails and reviews and do my beta duties soon as well. Can't concentrate for long periods of time right now...



Outing to some Cousin's developement project.



Village Mosque



View from mountain that I could only climb with the help of an approximately eighty-year-old woman. I plead jet lag.

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