PAKISTAN Peshawar

Peshawar is the most conservative city in Pakistan. Just 2 hours of drive from Islamabad. There are many Pathans and Afghan refugees living there. There your body needs to be well covered, and it’s better to cover your head too just in case, to avoid problems if you meet any idiots. If you can’t go to Afghanistan, then Peshawar can provide part of that cultural spirit. People here in general seemed to me the friendliest (including Hunza) of the country. People on the streets were always saying “hi and inviting me for a cup of tea (they drink a lot of it), snacks, to make pictures…. There is a tradition after a lunch to drink special tea called Kahwa. Locals use it to improve digestion. In general they drink tea here whenever they can. I never felt any harassment there, just curiosity and hospitality. They all seemed happy, though the reality can be very different.

The must see, and it’s a real treasure, is Sethi House. It is located in The Walled City, near the Cunningham Clock Tower.  It was built by Haji Ahmed Gul in 1882, in a very innovative way. Its design is beautifully made up of wooden carved facades and rainbow-colored windows. By this house there are other annexed houses (which are not possible to visit), connected by a passage. Locals told me that as the families who lived there were friends, so in aim not to go out on a street each time they wished to meet, they connected the houses by that passage so the habitants could easily circulate between the two houses which having to completely cover themselves. I was guided by a guy called Prince. He knows everyone here and everyone knows him too so if you are looking for a professional guide in this city then it’s him. Attention, if you prefer to stay calm then Prince is not your spirit person as his energy would drive you crazy :).

This city is full of heritage, beautiful, authentic, unique architecture and culture.  It’s a perfect place to discover and feel welcomed. Don’t skip it!

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Diana Vaneta

Just another wonderful day. In my stories you won't find lots of descriptions of visited and seen beauties. Usually such information is easy to find on the internet. For me, the most important is how visiting places and meeting people made me feel. The real beauty of a country can hardly be described by words. In order to preserve privacy, all the names of persons in my stories are changed. And unfortunately my destinations are not intended for lazy, comfort-searching tourists. My priority is to explore countries which are considered ‘dangerous', complicated or out of the average lists of tourist destinations and mainly involve places, which there is little or no information about. You would ask, why? My answer is, because usually in those countries people tend to be the most incredibly welcoming, friendly, respectful, helpful. Every time I leave them, I leave a piece of me with my newfound family.

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