This country, which my parents are from is one that is full of diverse cultures, a rich history and delicious food. Although I wasn’t born in Pakistan, I did move here when I was only 6 months old. I lived there for about 6 years in a town called Rabwah (now known as Chenab Nagar) which is located next to the River Chenab in the province of Punjab. The country itself is located in South Asia and is the 6th most populous in the world with over 197 million people!
Getting to Chenab Nagar from the airport in Lahore is an experience in itself. Most of the highway is nicely paved, however as soon as you get off it, well let’s just say you won’t ever forget it. It’s probably one of the bumpiest rides ever. To top that all off, I have to warn you, if you ever visit, don’t sit in the front! And if you are thinking you can drive there, you can’t. Trust me…you just.can’t.
Here, everyone has the right of way, the donkey carts carrying fresh fruits and vegetables, the friends on the motorcycle, the kid on a bicycle going to school, the family on the rikshaw, the people walking to get groceries and you, the passenger in the car trying to get to your apartment. Driving here, you have to know how to maneuver around all of that. And just when you think you couldn’t possibly drive through a truck carrying sugar cane on one side and a bus full of passengers on the other side, you do. You SOME HOW do. lol
Here is a clip my brother in law took while walking through the bazaar in the afternoon rush.
Crazy right? Try walking over to the other side of the road! haha All this plus more (like seeing my family and eating delicious food every day) is what makes Pakistan fun for me. Every time I go, I have new experiences whether it’s eating cow’s brain (mughz) for the first time or seeing a historical landmark that I haven’t seen before. I always come back having unforgettable memories and I am looking forward to sharing some of them with you in the coming weeks and months.