When I have found out that I have won the Grant Prix price at Festival Hory a Mesto, I had no idea, what it really is in reality. Just a few weeks before the departure I was pretty calm, but as the days comes by and I started to study much more about the country I was about to go, I started to have a serious doubts if it is even safe enough to travel there. But this whole idea comes mostly from other people asking me „Why do you even what to go there? “ “Are you sure you want to go there?” and basically everybody had the same negative concerns. But surprisingly almost no one know anything about the country itself. So that’s why I decided to go.
Honestly, I never dreamed about Pakistan before, not even planned to visit. But paradoxically I can say it now that I feel like my dream come true. Is may sound like a clique from the fairy tales books, but I believe that sometime you don’t choose the destination, sometime it just chooses you. And that’s exactly how Pakistan choose me. Thankfully.
Approximately one hour flight from Islamabad to Skardu. Given on recommendation I decided to sit on the right side. Unfortunately, my seat is right next to the propeller and windows are extremely dirty. Nevertheless, seeing Nanga Parbat under the first morning light is something hard to forget. Incredible views all the way. Six, seven, eight thousands are all around.
Another unforgettable experience for me was visiting local „Bazar“ market in Skardu. Especially the butchers. I don’t think I need to explain to you the differences of meat storage…
Polo game in Shigar
It never even occurred to me in my dreams that I would go through exactly “Mountains and The City” like the name of the festival, that gave me this opportunity. Even though I went the other way around. I were in New York in May of 2015 and then after few months went to Pakistan. I dreamed about NYC for a long time, but I didn’t even think about Pakistan before. But I can honestly say now, that Pakistan gave me much more. It is a great feeling to stand up front the Statue of Liberty, but it was in Pakistan were I truly could experience what it is to appreciate freedom. I believe, that one day Pakistan will be perfectly safe and people would visit from all around the world again. Because people there deserve it so so much.