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14/07: Tea with the Queen

Tonight, I depart for UK. I am already giddy in anticipation of my flight since I love air planes and the queasy feeling at take-off. :D

This is my second trip outside Pakistan, first one being to Kuwait a couple years back. I would be accompanied by a contingent of fellow students and a NUST faculty member. The trip is mostly aimed at visiting various universities where various activities are planned for us. The thing I am looking forward most of all is interaction with different people and getting to know and share their point of view regarding topics of common interest. The exposure to a different culture would also be good.

However, I am already worrying about things like availability of Halal food, presence of Mosques where we are going, schedules of events and travel and generally missing Pakistan. I wonder if I will miss my country enough by the end of the trip to make me homesick. These musings are just a scratch off the surface of my mind as it is right now.


British Airways

This is just a starting post for this trip and if the facilities (computers/internet + time) are available, I would post updates and pics under the travel category (categories section on menu on right side).

Regarding the trip, here are some tips for prospective travellers regarding money matters.

- If you intend to get Traveller Cheques for British Pounds Sterling, they are only available from American Express branch in Blue Area, Islamabad. Alternatively, you can also get them from Riaz money changers, also in Blue Area, Islamabad. Travellers Cheques for American Dollars are available everywhere. you can get them from any bank or other money changers.

- Traveller Cheques cost more since the conversion rates charged are higher than the normal cash conversion rates. The difference I found was about Rs.1.5 for each Pound Sterling. Therefore, it is nearly always better to use credit cards instead of Traveller Cheques.

And about tea with the Queen, I prefer kaivah*! :P

* Kaivah = Green Tea.

Edit (04/08/2007) - I have returned home, finally and will post stuff about my visit as soon as I am able to write it to my satisfaction. Sorry but there won't be a lot of posts regarding my trip, just a couple posts, some of which I wrote on paper and some which I still have to write, summarizing the trip.

Next: Day 1: Arrival at the University of Leeds




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You say, "However, I am already worrying about things like availability of Halal food, presence of Mosques where we are going, schedules of events and travel and generally missing Pakistan. I wonder if I will miss my country enough by the end of the trip to make me homesick. These musings are just a scratch off the surface of my mind as it is right now", well Asad, it is this unfortunate problem that you have to go abroad for brighter future. Look at me, I will have to leave this country for about 4-5 years to scrap a PhD, which I intend to do soon. You will be alright as you will be back after two weeks. Such a refreshment is always welcome.
20/07 13:29:00
@ Usman:

Just to clarify, I an not abroad for a brighter future as of yet. One doesn't needs to go abroad for a burighter future depending on one's field of interest.

I am just visiting UK universities and seeing the country and the people. It sort of feeds into my curious side which has to know what is happening around me. And till now, I have to say that I have liked the trip, the people and the culture. The only thing which has been irritating is obviously being shown too much skin. It has been taken to absurd and ridiculous proportions but I might talk about this in some other post later on since I am short of available time on the lab computers.

It is indeed a refreeshment; the trip itself, and the change has been good even though it did rain quite a lot.

Keep visiting this site. I will update as soon as I have my written article in order though it might not be till the middle of next week when I have access to Photoshop when I return home.
25/07 21:27:41
Asad: details, details! How good was the tea? ^_^

And while I don't have your religious scruples, I agree in general with the thought that in the West way too much skin is shown. Hope you didn't buy a copy of the Sun ^_^.

- Harold
03/08 15:24:26
@ hga:

It will come in due time. i am still getting accustomed to the time difference and jet lag.

I just read about Obama's foolish statements. He needs to change his campaign manager.

One gets accustomed to the skin. It's not that difficult but it takes time - a couple hours maybe. I dislike it when such things are done in the name of fashion despite it nor being advisable, but more on that later.

By Sun, you probably mean page 3. And the answer is; no, I stayed far away from it. ^_^
04/08 02:49:00
lolz I thought you are actually invited at the palace :).
07/08 17:58:55
@ Fahim:

That was the general intention. ;)
14/08 02:52:09

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