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).


cotswolds - june 2018

If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.
— Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

My Dad and I spent a long weekend this summer visiting the Cotswolds. It was like something out of a Jane Austen novel. All that was missing with Mr. Darcy ;). We started our road trip in Salisbury then travelled north to Stratford, stopping in little towns and National Trust properties along the way.

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What I appreciated most about the trip was having time with my Dad. We spent hours taking photos and hunting down our next location; cameras at the ready. I helped my Dad get comfortable with driving on the left side of the road while introducing him to a few new NPR political podcasts. It was all extra special considering we now live thousands of miles apart.

My Top Cotswold Villages:

  1. Castle Combe

  2. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

  3. Blockley

  4. Lower Slaughter

  5. Stowe

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Classical/ instrumental music is not only for people over the age of 65. I love piano music whether it traditional, modern or a fusion of both. This song was the perfect soundtrack to my Jane Austen weekend in the Cotswolds. I could listen to this track on repeat all afternoon.