Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Islamabad - Week Sixteen

I had a wonderful opportunity last week to stand in for the ambassador at the 100 year anniversary of the Restoration of Independence at the Lithuanian Consulate. Entry level officers are sometimes given the chance to represent the United States in this way.

I met a woman there who told me that she was a child when then Vice-President Lyndon Johnson visited Karachi and made friends with a camel driver - read about it here. I had a lengthy conversation with a man who was working to protect the rights of Pakistani workers worldwide. I talked with several individuals from different backgrounds who expressed their eagerness to work with the United States to establish stability in the region and opportunities for Pakistani people. It really was a memorable evening.

I was captivated by this needlework art - it was gorgeous!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Islamabad - Week Fourteen

Across the street from the market where we do most of our shopping. The wall extends several blocks and is segmented into these murals. Love them!

The vegetable market is wonderful - lots of fresh veggies, including red and black carrots, which I love.

I kid you not - red and black carrots are the bomb diggity, as the kids say.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Islamabad - Week Eleven

I volunteered today to help interview local college students for an opportunity to participate in a semester-length exchange program in the United States. The program had nearly 13,000 applicants to fill 220 spots, and was very competitive. I was so impressed by the students we interviewed and their optimism, intelligence, and dedication to change the world; it was an honor to be a part of the process.

The interviews were held at a local educational institution - this is the door that leads to the administration building. Appropriately symbolic for today's task and beautiful. It was salvaged from southern Punjab and transported to Islamabad when the school was built (I'm afraid I don't know when).

Hand carved.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018