Everything is quiet here


The headlines this week were filled with bad news. A U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Libya when protesters attacked the Consulate in Benghazi. There were also protests outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and in Tunisia. Fortunately, things in Pakistan were pretty quiet. We closed the Embassy at noon on Friday, in anticipation of protests after Friday prayers. There were some, but from the news accounts, they were relatively small and peaceful. Let’s hope it stays calm here.

We had a busy week at work. The UN General Assembly will be meeting in New York later this month, so my office has been working like Trojans trying to get the visas ready for the Pakistani delegation. Along with the UNGA, there are several other delegations traveling for meetings on the sidelines of UNGA, so we are up to our eyeballs in official visas. I stayed till after 10 PM one night just trying to get one group on the road.

On a positive note, we went to a nice brunch last Sunday at Scott’s house with our Consular management team – he made some yummy biscuits among other goodies. I also test drove a used SUV this week and am hoping we can get the paperwork sorted out so I can buy it. We have one car already, and we have motorpool, but I like the idea of having my own wheels.

The photo above was taken last Saturday when we were coming home from our shopping trip. Before I arrived, I expected Islamabad to be brown and desert-like, but in fact there  is a lot of greenery.


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