dubai, uae - january 2019

The ‘New’ Dubai

The ‘New’ Dubai

The ‘Old’ Dubai

The ‘Old’ Dubai

Dubai by Night

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Instagram Snaps @KatGatti

himalayan foothills, pakistan - january 2019

I never thought I’d climb the Himalayas. I had come to terms that the only Himalayans I’d see were on my Pinterest board. When I found myself in Pakistan this winter… Everything changed.

As an ignorant Westerner, I didn’t even realise Islamabad was nestled in the Himalayan foothills. Embarrassing but true.

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Margalla Hills

  • Considered the foothills of the Himalayans, part of Murree Hills.

  • It took us two hours to climb to the top (#WorthIt).

  • At the very top sits the Monal Restaurant (when visiting, you must eat here).

  • The area was established as a national park in the 80’s.

A vendor sells snacks and water for thirsty hikers

A vendor sells snacks and water for thirsty hikers

Islamabad from the Margalla Hills

Islamabad from the Margalla Hills


Murree Hills

  • It is a popular resort town in summer, just northeast of Islamabad.

  • However, when we visited there was lots of snow.

  • The Pakistani Air Force maintain a base in the mountains.

  • It was epic. Photos and words will never do it justice.

Vendors sell snacks to passing travellers

Vendors sell snacks to passing travellers

Pakistani Air Force Base

Pakistani Air Force Base

Murree Hills

Murree Hills

The last time I was this blown away my a country’s landscape was Iceland. And I LOVE Iceland.

There is something so humbling when the earth makes you feel so small and little. In my opinion, the mountains bring you closer to God. Life slows down for just a second and you feel the magnificence of it all.

A Village Snowball Fight

A Village Snowball Fight

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Pakistani Air Force Base

Pakistani Air Force Base

Gotta Get That ‘Insta’ Shot, Murree Hills

Gotta Get That ‘Insta’ Shot, Murree Hills


Music Pick: Awake by Tycho

I always like to listen this album when editing. It’s still just as good on the 100th listen as on the first.

oxford - february 2019

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On the way back to Birmingham, my hubby and I popped into Oxford for a quick visit. However, we only managed a quick shop at Blackwell’s before we had to go.

Typical. I ask my husband to take me to one of the most historic cities in England and we end up in a bookshop.

Anyway, it just means we’ll have to return for a proper visit when the warmer weather returns. Yay.

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signage, pakistan - january 2019

In my humble opinion, you can tell a lot about a country by its colours, fonts and graphics.

Pakistan gave me plenty of material to feast my eyes upon. There were no billboards, instead ads were painted directly onto walls. The signs were written in both Urdu and English. And colour, lots of colour, was mandatory. By the end of the trip, I was in some kind of visual paradise.

Everything was such a wonderful mix of the familiar and unfamiliar. I’ll let you judge for yourself…

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Just for fun:

A dance clip from one of my favourite Pakistani films, Ho Mann Jahaan (2016).