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What Western Media WON’T Tell You About ISLAMABAD

Hi guys I’m Ava over the last few weeks
I’ve been traveling all around Pakistan
but I’ve been spending most of my time
in Islamabad now before I came to
Pakistan I kind of imagined Islamabad to
be kind of like sandy-colored with a lot
of sand with a lot of animals walking
down the streets and not much going on
otherwise basically I kind of believed
the same image that most people out in
the West believe Islamabad to be but of
course having spent time here I realized
just how wrong I was
so today in this vlog I want to show you
my style but this offer that I know and
that I have come to really really really
like so yeah let me take you on a tour
of my Islamabad chalo let’s go
before we actually begin I want to take
you out on a coffee with me because it’s
morning and I am NOT had my fix of
caffeine yet which is very bad I cannot
function without it so I’ll take you to
one of my favorite coffee spots in town
this is key he’s not an actual husky and
a little coffee run I just want to
preface this by saying that Islamabad is
really surprising I think the thing that
surprises people the most when they
first arrive in Islamabad it’s just how
green it is everywhere I mean there’s
trees there’s hedges s plants it’s it’s
extremely lush in that way and it’s
actually one of my favorite things about
the city that feels like you’re living
in a village or in the countryside and
the city itself alright we’re just about
to arrive ourselves a parking spot
this part of town is called cruiser
market and is this tiny cute little
oasis in the middle of f6 or m7 in a
flower and most of the people that I
know here in the city pretty much
through a favorite hangout spot and also
a mine that we’re here to get coffee and
not wax lyrical about kusa market so
let’s go into that
yep I’m a high functioning individual
but I’m a little actually I need to
go to the shop very quickly sir so let
me just take you guys along and we’ll be
on our way
versus of course most places in Pakistan
are not like this but in this vlog I
want to show you just how Western it can
get and that’s why I’m taking you to the
most Western shop in town there’s a lot
of coffee here ladies and gents actually
probably more than in my local Tesco is
back home in London in fact I shamefully
admit that I don’t recognize most of
these American products anyway armed
with my Fairtrade coffee I had to keep
going because this next place I’m just
about to show you is really cool and
hides a key to the history of Islamabad

  • this is sad poor village one of the
    most historic and probably Instagram
    abilities in all of this Lama bar and
    there’s a couple of places in here that
    I really want to show you first of all
    the little Museum here is where you can
    come to learn about the history of
    Islamabad just in case you can’t make it
    though let me give you a rundown super
    quick lesson in the history of the
    starboard basically this city doesn’t
    have
    hi as rich and centuries-old as that of
    Lahore Multan Slava didn’t actually
    exist about a century ago following the
    partition between India and Pakistan
    Pakistan was looking to have a new
    capital that was a bit more central than
    Karachi the previous one so they picked
    a piece of land in the middle of the
    country they hired Greek architects and
    urban planners and they decided to build
    a city the new capital it’s called the
    stahma but coming from Islam which is of
    course the dominant faith here and Abad
    which kind of means City I think in
    Persian so in the 60s this beautiful
    capital was created pretty much from
    scratch and here we are now for a
    culture vulture like me the newness of
    Islamabad means that I don’t really get
    my history fix here but as with
    everything he can find it if you know it
    look but that’s not all another thing I love
    about sad poor village is that it’s very
    diverse at least historically so this
    here is the Sikh temple and that over
    there is a Hindu temple one of the very
    few remaining in Pakistan if you’re in
    is new I’d then you probably think that
    sad poor is a bit touristy that’ll be
    cute but touristy as a tourist I’m
    pretty sure that you will absolutely
    love it so yeah that’s sad poor kind of
    for me the last remaining historical
    part of the city as for the rest well
    this is where the really western part of
    the vlog begins and I want to show you
    all of this because this is the side of
    Islamabad that most people in the West
    don’t realize exists let me show you
    what I’m about to share with you now is
    actually one of my biggest sources of
    anxiety before coming here longer-term
    basically you know other european go and
    I like my European food and from the
    kind of image of Pakistan and asada that
    was sold to me by Western media I assume
    that you know I would be sitting here
    bathing in nihari and chicken karahi and
    samosas well it’s actually turned out to
    be one of my biggest sources of surprise
    and delight in the end and here’s what
    example it turns out that Islamabad has
    a European
    that’s run by a Polish babe honestly
    most of these can compete with what you
    get in Europe I swear no exaggeration
    there’s even a Belgian restaurant and in
    English teahouse serving scones andHardee’s serving burgers and the
    dominoes serving well anyway you get the
    gist all of the big food brands from the
    West and for the Wizards out there
    there’s even a Harry Potter cafe
    so it turns out that it’s not about has
    all these Western and American brands
    that you probably don’t even see in most
    European capitals so that really caught
    me by surprise you know I just had
    completely not see it coming and
    actually most of my Pakistani friends
    complained that in Islamabad there isn’t
    enough choice of authentic Pakistani
    sort of desi food but I find a pretty
    good cup of chai if you know where to
    look or if you can handle it Kashmiri
    chai and there as my which is a
    ridiculously sweet please don’t judge me
    for making really irresponsible food
    choices and stuffing myself with sweets
    it’s just how I am so you know some of
    that is a pretty modern new cities of
    course it doesn’t have the same cute
    linaria traditions that Karachi Orlando
    might have because if you want the set
    of desi touch in a sour bud you can also
    find it and I get it all the time with
    things like food shopping for example
    when I go to little tiny stores to get
    my fruit just like this I used to think
    it was super annoying to have to drive
    halfway across town just to get some
    fruit from a shop where before I would
    just go downstairs to my local
    supermarket and get it from there in
    London but actually I realized then that
    nothing compares to the personal
    attention that you get while shopping
    here you know the great thing about
    shopping for free
    Pakistan is that it is mostly hyper
    seasonal so anything that you get like
    pomegranate which are currently in
    season is gonna be fresh as an
    absolutely lovely and actually something
    that I don’t miss about back home and
    yeah or you know all that processed food
    have you ever seen pomegranate this red
    anyway as soon as I stop obsessing over
    this pomegranate let me show you
    something else
    it’s a hands-down the best thing about
    Islamabad is the weather and the nature
    it’s easily the greenest capital city I
    have ever been to in my life and that
    means that every morning when I wake up
    and I go out onto my balcony I get to
    see this those hills they are
    technically called the mug galas but
    actually they are the foothills of the
    Himalayas which means that if you live
    in a sauna bar then technically you get
    to see the Himalayas every day I guess
    that’s a fact right but you can get even
    closer to the Margalla Hills actually
    you know you could hike up on one of the
    many trails here in a Sabha or like you
    can take the easy option and drive all
    the way up there having seen so much of
    Pakistan I of course realized that many
    cities here have a problem with
    pollution and they have very limited
    green spaces but Islamabad is not like
    that Islamabad enjoys all of this
    pristine nature that really surrounds it
    from all sides and this is probably the
    most beautiful drive in the city I mean
    just look at these vistas isn’t it pure
    magic so that’s it guys that’s my
    version of Islamabad thank you so much
    for watching this vlog and if you’ve
    enjoyed it
    it would mean the world to me if you
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    did in the description box but thank you
    again and I’ll see you next time
    the best thing about Islamabad it’s that
    it’s it’s that it yeah wasn’t it
    particularly but Islamabad is.
  • Credit to : Eva zu Beck