I had a great time during the five weeks in the land of delicious ice-cream parathas. But obviously being the first German to ever come to Pakistan I made some inevitable faux pas. It is highly unlikely that others will follow my example and go for a camel ride on the beach, visit Bahadshi Mosque, risk their life by sitting in Gloria Jean’s Cafe or chatter away at the Open Mic Night in Karach’s T2F but just in case anybody should be so crazy (irony off) I thought I should let you people know what I have done right and in what aspects I could have been better prepared.
- Bring a suitcase, not a backpack. With your Western views you might think of Asia as a backpacking continent. However, Pakistan is different. People are polite and helpful and the surest way to offend someone is by trying to carry your own luggage at any point. Just let go of the idea entirely.
- Watch plenty of Disney movies. As Nadeem F. Paracha has rightly pointed out, Hollywood’s representation of Pakistan is poor and quite off the mark. Disney, however, is much better at capturing the truth. Wait, until you meet your first Aladdin and you will think of my words 😉