Last traveler on the Khyber Pass

Published in: Pakistan | December 2nd, 2007
The Khyber Pass (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview for The Khyber Pass: Please take into account this was during General Musharraf’s Emergency Rule, Iran was expecting George W. Bush to invade, Turkey was about to begin an offensive against the Kurds. And, a high ranking Afghan politican had just been assassinated a few days earlier when I arrived into Quetta.… Continue reading more »

Getting to know Peshawar

Published in: Pakistan | November 29th, 2007
Fruit seller in Peshawar

Travel Journal Overview: Peshawar is unlike any other city I’ve been too. It’s a multicultural torn up part of the world that opened it’s doors due to tribal rights. It reeks of tribal law, and an unknown element. It  is perhaps the quintessential border city. The TV next door seemed to be on all night,… Continue reading more »

Arriving in Peshawar in the dead of night

Published in: Pakistan | November 28th, 2007
Streets of Peshawar (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Still on my 40 hour overland train, I arrived into Peshawar alone. A curfew was in place and I was roaming the streets. I also had a little face to face with few interesting characters and a jeep full of guns. Wonderful place. Arriving into Peshawar Pakistan on a train 10.30pm came… Continue reading more »

Quetta to Peshawar a 40 hour train trip with some interesting people

Published in: Pakistan | November 27th, 2007
Dinner vendors over the Hudus River, Pakistan

Travel Journal Overview:Not being able to travel through SWAT valley I had to take the 40 hour train trip that traversed most of the country just to get a few hours north to Peshawar. I  expected to be long and boring, instead it was a highlight. Our conversations ranged from the ancient history of Alexander’s… Continue reading more »

Meeting friendly Pakistani’s in Quetta

Published in: Pakistan | November 26th, 2007
Fruit vendor in Quetta (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview:I found Quetta a great place to find out how Pakistan was. It’s not the most exciting city in the world, but it does have nice people, and good food. I forced myself to sleep until 10am & woke up feeling good. I met the hotel manager over breakfast and we talked for… Continue reading more »

Emergency Rule in Quetta Pakistan

Published in: Pakistan | November 25th, 2007
Downtown Quetta (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I truly enjoyed my introduction to Pakistan. Travel is after all not meant to be a smooth ride, otherwise there is not point. Pakistan during Emergency rule, fun and games, but with 50 + hours of no seep I was struggling.     Arriving into Quetta, Pakistan After some confusion with the… Continue reading more »

The border crossing from Iran to Pakistan

Published in: Iran, Pakistan | November 24th, 2007
Mosque in Yazd - Many Mosques in Iran are incredibly bright in color from the outside (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Please remember these are my journal entries. I have a separate dedicated page on how to cross from Iran to Pakistan overland that is more useful than this journal entry for practical advise. Destination Zahedan I had taken the 5pm Bus, scheduled to arrive at 7am at Zahedan. I chose to go direct from Yazd as… Continue reading more »