Pakistan

Pakistan welcomed traveling Americans with open arms — and tea, lots of tea

Pakistan welcomed traveling Americans with open arms — and tea, lots of tea

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

— Marcel Proust

While traveling in central Pakistan recently, I talked to my dad back in the U.S.A., and he told me of bombing in nearby Syria. He was obviously concerned. I thought of the AK-47-carrying young man assigned to protect our group.

Then my mind turned to the reception we received wherever we went: We were literally showered, Punjabi-style, with rose-petal welcome lines. Even our gun-toting guard was soft at heart.

“This was first a duty, but now it is a privilege and blessing,” he said of his assignment; his joyous spirit radiating...

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