Some of our friends are worried because our last update was a while ago and from rural Pakistan... sorry about that! We are alive and well and have finally made it home I haven't posted lately because we've either been traveling, sick, jetlagged, or all of the above, BUT we still have a bunch of stories to catch up on so here goes.
We last left you after a grueling (but beautiful) day driving through Deosai National Park, a not-so-friendly police encounter, and surprise camping due to a fully booked hotel. The next day we had a fairly easy ride to Gilgit, then took a 19 hour bus ride back to Islamabad (talked about that a bit a few posts ago). Our plan was to go straight from Islamabad to Lahore, but we messed up big time by getting hamburgers for lunch and spent the next 48 hours expelling our stomach contents in various ways. Great fun. Because of this, we ended up only having one day in Lahore, which is a shame because it's a super cool city.
It's 4 hour bus ride from Islamabad to Lahore and along the way we debated what to do once we got there. We were scheduled to go on a food tour, but weren't all that excited about it after our very very recent bout of food poisoning. We ended up saying YOLO and decided to do the tour anyway, which was the best decision we made on our entire trip. Y'ALL. THE FOOD IN LAHORE IS UNREAL.
Furqan and Yaseen (hi guys!) were our tour guides for the day and took us around Lahore on motorbikes to the Old City, Lahore Fort, the Badshahi Mosque, the oldest sweets shop in Lahore, Sunehri Mosque, the best ice cream shop, tea shops, and all of these places that we never would have found on our own. In addition to being fed pretty much nonstop, we got to hang out with two of the kindest, most interesting, generous people I've ever met who gave up their one free day a week to face the heat and show us around their city. It felt like we were with family and today ended up being the best day of our entire trip (and it's a high bar). We Lahore!
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