The past few weeks I've been thinking so much about the recent news - the big news about Osama bin laden. And I've been thinking how back in 1981, one of our first and most exotic buying trips was to Pakistan! We landed in Karachi to begin our travels and eventually ended up in the remote ' village ' of Peshawar where we stayed at the Khyber Intercontinental hotel. Of course Joel HAD to take a picture of me next to the door man! In Pakistan ( at least 30 years ago ) the men all dyed their beards red with henna!
A camel pulling a cart!
Muddy Peshawar Street 1981
It was reported that almost a year ago, Pakistanis working for the Central Intelligence Agency drove up behind a white Suzuki navigating the bustling streets near Peshawar, Pakistan, and wrote down the car’s license plate.
The man in the car was bin Laden’s most trusted courier, and over the next month CIA operatives tracked him throughout central Pakistan. Ultimately, he led them to a sprawling compound at the end of a long dirt road and surrounded by a tall security fence where they found Osama bin laden.
When watching the news, I couldn't help but be struck by how much has changed over the past 30 years - not just how it's no longer safe to travel there, but how Peshawar is no longer a ' village ' but a bustling ' city '!
When we were there on a buying trip, most of the people we encountered in Peshawar traveled by an oxen driven cart - certainly not a car!
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Here is an example of a pair of ornate brass beaded earrings made with beads purchased during that incredible trip.
As I stood on the street, I felt like I was in "The Wizard of Oz" when all the munchkins came out! These children didn't quite know what to make of me as you can see!
I was told that I was the first woman ever allowed to go there!
Here's a picture of me looking rather cold! Not much to look at but we had to document the fact that I was actually there!
Debby and Joel