Posts tagged ‘travel’

November 13, 2013

The City of Love.

by Khanum

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Sometimes I think about Paris … and wonder why do people think about it at all.

July 24, 2011

A short visit to a distant PLANET TURKEY!

by Khanum

Heavens blessed me, I made a short trip to Planet Turkey. I explored, I looked, I learned a custom or two.  I met people, made some friends.   I jumped around, never fretting for a sec. I clicked my camera  more than 1400 times. Can you imagine? more than 1400 times???  and whenever I clicked, I missed my friends and family. I missed them the most.

 I took a sky ride on Istanbul’s greatest n tallest building. I went to Mythical Medusa, she looked pretty old and dusty. I cruised the ship over the water clear as the sky . I walked the grounds of  Topkapi Palace with my very own two Pakistani feet, it was such a joy.  But not to forget the visit I paid to Prophets’ belongings.

There were 5 cities in total, I explored and roamed day and night. But still my awe at the road never diminished, not quite. It’s a story that is way long , very long and funny. So wait up for awhile.

I’ll start writing my travelogue asap and present to you the view of  ‘another world’ through my eyes.  It’s a wonder, how Ottoman Empire became New Turkey!

Till then, enjoy the pictures and guess the places. To view the picture gallery, please click here.

 

July 7, 2011

Flying up, up & Away to Turkey.

by Khanum

Do you know what a Turk says when He sees a a crazy foreigner, lets see a young and broke Pakistani ?

“I will KILL YOU if you come to my land again”. :@

😀 ! Not really. I don’t really know what he says , thats why I am going there to find out!

Date – 8th July, 2011.  Time – 5:25 PM.

Distance: 2476.9 Miles.

Flight time: 5 hrs, 9 mins

Destination: Istanbul, Turkey. 

The followers of Khanum’s blog must mark this date on their calenders and await my return. Anxiously. Please. Note. Keyword (ANXIOUSLY) and must remember me in constants prayers. I’m afraid I might scheme a plan in the end out of desperation to stay there illegally. Aja! Fighting!!! C ya all after a short break. And by the way, this my 52nd post here. WordPress just informed me. 🙂 Happy Pappy blogging everyone.

June 11, 2011

From East to West – Complicated Future Plans

by Khanum

I wonder if Ibn e Batuta had facebook networking back then while travelling. What would he had written on his status update each minute?

09:30 AM: ‘Riding a camel now. Very slow. ‘

09:32 AM: “But me and my camel took alot of pictures with my iphone lately. Yay me, i must also use twitter!”

09:45 AM: “Oh shoot! I just bumped into the Maharajah of Hindustan.”

09:46 AM: ” Hehehe, the dude has so many wives.”

09:47 AM: “Control plus Z – control plus Z – I never said anything about any of his wife. Control plus Z . Allahu Akber”

Getting the picture of his travels now ? . I am glad he had no Facebook for sure. It would have been a disaster. 🙂

But anyway, getting back to the main point: My Travel Plans.

Someone said, The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  If this is so, I definitely don’t wanna be stuck at just the beginning, ‘Table of Contents’ sheet.

I wish there were no borders, no passport system, no visa requirements and particularly no discrimination against Pakistanis when it came to TRAVELING for the sake of cultural education. And if so, at least there should be 50% discount on all airplane tickets for students. Just suggesting.

If there were such facilities, travel would have been a blessing affordable for each person. I mean, imagine the travels of the people gone by. Ibn e Batuta For instance.  The dude to travel the world without any passport or visa hurdles was indeed very lucky. But where he had the advantage of being born in an era with no non-sense flying expenses , he had a pretty huge disadvantage too.

The great CAMERA wasn’t with him during his adventures.  And Here we have the most expensive cameras with us all the time. But sadly, no money to buy the return tickets. So some of us work hard day and night, earn money to bear the expenses and then finally a day comes to fly away. But my question is, what about the very common  commoner? The type who has the Extreme passion but whatever he does, he cannot afford the luxury of travel even outside his city.He might try the Hitch Hike across Sahara Desert thing. But thanks to the insecure national border situations, that adventure is now also dumped. Then What about him ? … Will his travel plans remain limited only to his imagination…? .. I just wonder.

June 6, 2011

Linguistic Maniac & other Syndromes.

by Khanum

Urdu, English, Arabic, Hangul, Turkish. Once I’m done with these, I will move further. And Who knows what more languages I may end up learning before I expire from this World.

It’s National geographic Thing. Utterly amazing & mindbogglingly Adventurous.

 

 

I was in school, perhaps in class 5 when I got the  craze to achieve perfection in Britisher’s Language in order to become Master of  English Lingua. Click Here if you wish to read my tale of English Maniac. I settled the score at that game long ago despite of the fact that I am still average at my Mother tongue i.e., Lingua Urdu! This is another tale. According to my mother, it’s a side effect of living in a land where Britishers once ruled – Stubbornly.

“Angrez chaley gayem magar apni aulad chor gaye” is the common saying around here if you suck at Urdu round the clock.     Anyway.

I have this syndrome. Which pushes me to do new things and have know-how of other stuff  , other cultures alien to me. It’s  ‘I-have-to-learn-something-something-all-the-time-in-this-world-or-I-will-die” kind of situation. So whenever I’m fascinated by something I have to have it googled first. Then later on loose my sleep over it for several nights before I come to decision to finally go for it. Same thing happened with riding  a bicycle. I was so in awe of the working of two wheels. How come people are able to balance their fat body merely on two thin wheels, han? I finally got it after practice.

Now ever since National Geographic & Discovery Channel became the number one sources to watch all weird activities going on in the world, to top it all, ever since , I – became more taller and stronger: The passion to learn and continue the process has been of tremendous weight.

And now I feel even He wants me to go for different things and make myself reach somewhere, somewhere – where He’s waiting for me to reach.

First I bumped into Turkish People where I work. Gladly there I am offered free Turkish classes. Its another matter altogether that I find the instructor rather non-teaching-material. Anyway, before Turkish came into my life, I was already having a one on one with Arabic. It’s the language of my Holy Book. The instructor is very cool. Very helpful and very old. And did I mention it’s an online course ? it gives me so much room to go over the last repeated sentence of the Teacher anytime I wish.

Moving on Further, my recent obsession has been with Hangul. Korean language that is very complicated on the outlook but once you learn the basics its way easier as riding a bicycle. My way to Hangul was paved by Korean dramas mostly. My favorite character spoke fluent Korean so Of course I had to know what he and she were fusing about. It’s very amazing and fun thing to do, Seriously! And who knows which language might come handy to you at any moment in your life.

My list of to-do-things-before-I-die  is a quite a long one that i feel I shouldn’t even start typing. Plus half of them are related to spiritual contentment , so it’s better left unsaid without any show off. However, one very common wish that I might share with many and many people around the world is definitely this one : To Travel this Amazing World of the Creator and Give him feedback! and in order to do that – I have to know the different modes of communication. Here comes the languages I have been trying to master from past recent days – all together.

So whether you’re into different cultures or not, smart or not, competitive or not, rich or not. I feel, Having the know-how of other languages can make you stand among the most cooler and learned people in the world.

My, being the  fluent speaker of English lingua is a proof of that.  Would I have achieved the specific things in my life If I hadn’t trained myself to English tongue? Would I have been able to communicate with you people and known you  if I hadn’t learned this international language , in the first place?

The answer is obviously, No! So how many languages you’re gonna know ?

May 27, 2011

Awards Night! Awards Delight!

by Khanum

Nadia Masood on Best Travel Musings 🙂

and one more award on Cutest Omani Bakri post Ever!

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Next Award For Tien 🙂 Your Blog is infotainment package!!! I award You :

AND One more Star:

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Smiley Sparklings 🙂 I love the way you write! I award You with :

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The Special Award of Tonight,  is to a dear and Talented Blogger upon his tremendous Blogging Idea! Dear Mezba, Accept this award. 🙂

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The Last Two awards of the night but not the least go to , The Verbal Fiend 

and D.. upon their nice blogging post every Time. You  have blogs with substance and I’m glad to be in touch with You.

Have  a Blessed Day , all of You and keep blogging good. 🙂 Delighted and honored to be with such women on wordpress.