Leaving Pakistan

Free internet in the Karachi Airport?! Who would have thunk it.

So this is it. I’m sitting in the Karachi Airport waiting for my flight to board. I spent the drive to the airport gazing out of the car window, trying to get one last glimpse of Pakistan. It’s been a bittersweet trip. Not only has it been 9 years since I’ve seen a lot of the family, but it’s been the first trip to Pakistan without my dad being present, a lack of presence that was felt by all of us.

Last night, one of my cousins asked me whether I considered myself Pakistani. I told him that I consider myself American and Pakistani because while I was born and raised in the U.S. I can’t deny my ethnicity. I am glad that I made the trip, no question, but it was still a bit hard to be here.

Anyways, there are a bunch of things that made this trip worthwhile:

    Reconnecting with my cousins in Pakistan after 9 years.
    Getting to see all of my dad’s surviving siblings – my uncle and 5 aunts
    Meeting a cousin I haven’t seen since 1987 and now having a reason to go to Dubai.

Things I won’t miss:

    Putting on mosquito repellant before I go out anywhere
    Nervously looking around the bathroom for cockroaches while I brush my teeth at night
    The power consistently going out
    The pollution
    Taking cold showers
    The fact that I can’t get anywhere on my own.

So, Pakistan, it’s been interesting. I’ll upload my pictures when I get home. After I take a hot shower, that is.

Ok, time to check out the McDonalds in the airport lounge before I get on board. . .

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