Monthly Archives: April 2012

Passengers

Tomorrow morning I’ll be back on the road again, after more than a month of sitting around, eating too much, watching my muscles waste away and driving myself crazy with admin and bureaucracy – much like all those stressful months of preparation before I set off last September, in fact. And, much like the night […]

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Heroes

People often ask me who my hero is. As a matter of fact I have several, and their number is always growing. And without them, I don’t think I’d be where I am today, let alone have got here in the way I did. My relationship with my heroes is more complex than just being […]

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In defence of Pakistanis

I usually avoid getting drawn into arguments with people on the internet, because there’s really no point. I even try to avoid reading the comments on online newspaper articles, because I know I’m more likely just to make myself angry than actually to learn or reconsider anything. But when a particularly poisonous commenter on Huffington […]

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More on Balochistan

It’s over a month since I left Balochistan. But since then I’ve been receiving more and more emails from people who are thinking of cycling that way themselves, and wondering what to expect. And, as I discovered when trying to research this leg of the journey, it’s curiously difficult to find reliable, up-to-date information on […]

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Thinking on my feet

I should have ditched the painful shoes a lot sooner than I did, because when I finally gave in and bought a cheap pair of trainers to see me through until reinforcements arrived, I found that I’d aggravated a long-running foot problem, and was in almost as much pain as I had been before. So […]

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Family hilarity

Late last night I was sitting in my friend’s flat in Islamabad, minding my own business and thinking it might be time to go to bed, when my phone rang. It was Moin, whom I hadn’t seen since I left Lahore, over two weeks ago. “Emily! Where are you right now? I’m in Islamabad! I’m […]

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