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Motorcyclist Rosie Gabrielle explored every corner of Pakistan

Travelling solo, especially in a foreign country is the most toughest task for every other person but some people don’t let anxiety and fear to stop them from travelling around the world.

A Canadian solo female traveler and Youtuber Rosie Gabrielle visted Pakistan has almost explored every corner of Pakistan. She seems to fall in love with Pakistan like her own motherland.

The motorcyclist Rosie Gabrielle quit her job two years ago only to live her dream of riding a motorcycle solo across the world. Afterwards, In December 2018, Rosie Gabrielle landed in Pakistan and shared her personal experience and the true heart of Pakistan. She wrote, “I have witnessed the most sincere and deepest kindness and generosity from the local people. Respectful, honourable, gracious individuals, who have no intentions other than to serve others and to treat everyone as family and as one.”

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PAKISTAN: My first impression . . Before coming to Pakistan, I was asked; Why? Why would you go there? What’s so good about this country? I was told it was too DANGEROUS. That the people were bad and I would not be able to travel alone there, and I would be mistreated as a woman. I was fed fear driven lies from the media and people who followed the propaganda, never having the personal experience for themselves in this country. So, what is the truth? what is my personal experience and first impression of Pakistan and the people….. My heart is bursting. Words cannot even express the amount of joy in my heart that I have experienced from the love and generosity of these people. I knew coming here that I would encounter “nice” people. I was told from many fellow travelers just how great the people were here. But what I encountered was not this. There are no words in the English language that can describe the essence of the Pakistani people. Since arriving, I have witnessed the most sincere and deepest kindness and generosity from the local people. Respectful, honorable, gracious individuals, who have no intentions other than to serve others and to treat everyone as family and as one. I am so excited to share my experiences throughout my travels here. Soon, I will be picking up a bike and traveling extensively across the country, sharing with you the true heart of Pakistan. The PEOPLE. I hope to change the mindsets that have been conditioned and indoctrinated to think negative views on this country. Follow me on this beautiful journey and see the true side of this country. WELCOME TO PAKISTAN !

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A day earlier, Youtuber Rosie took to her Instagram account where she opened up about her travel journey to Pakistan, “10 months, 10,000 km and 4 regions across Pakistan (hoping to complete 5 by the end Kashmir) I can easily say that, without a doubt, Pakistan is truly a GEM of a country and the people are the precious treasures which shine so bright and are awaiting to be discovered.”

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Before I came to Pakistan, I had one goal in mind. To ride a Motorcycle solo across the entire country! . At this time I didn’t know a lot about Pakistan. In fact, I knew nothing. Geography, landscapes,weather, culture- not even if it was logistically possible to do a trip like this. And the only thing I was fed by media and my own government’s travel advisory was, that it wasn’t a safe or a stable place to visit. . I only ever take the advice of other travelers who have actually been to a place and can tell me first hand how it is. And every traveler told me how amazing the Pakistani people were. So, I had to find out for myself. . It’s kind of the way I do everything in life. I have an idea, and I go for it- I may not know exactly how I will do it, but I just do it, and nothing gets in my way! . The journey wasn’t smooth, and it certainly wasn’t easy, nearly breaking me many times. But my strong will gets the best of me and it’s what pulled me through. Getting to Gwadar was one accomplishment, reaching Khunjerav was another, but it was all the moments off the beaten track that really made the journey. 10 months, 10,000 km and 4 regions across Pakistan (hoping to complete 5 by the end *Kashmir💗) I can easily say that, without a doubt, Pakistan is truly a GEM of a country and the people are the precious treasures which shine so bright and are awaiting to be discovered. . Go on an adventure, discover the unknown, travel deep to the depths of your own soul, challenge life and what you were told you CANT do and all the limiting programs that were enslaved in you. Break free from the shackles that hold you down, and go full force towards your dreams. Because anything is possible, and you never know what awaits you on the other side. Be blessed 🙏💗

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She is currently enjoying Pakistani traditional cuisines and also overwhelmed by the love she has received from Pakistani people.

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The BEST BIRIYANI in all of Pakistan, I was told was in Karachi. How could biriyani differ that much? It’s just rice and spices. I put my tastebuds to the test as I sampled the varieties of infamous culinary delights that the “city of lights” had to offer. And I must say, they were right! . But, the best food I ate by far was from a local family I was staying with, who soon became like family. Sanobber, aka “Mom” is a self made entrepreneur and mother of 3 wonderful children. She created a successful home based Nihari catering company and her dream is to have her own cooking show. I was lucky enough to have a personal cooking lesson and how she makes her delicious Biryani from scratch. Having raised her 3 children on her own and defying all odds of a single mother in Pakistan, Sanoober set an example for her kids showing them anything is possible, and most importantly, encouraged them to live a passion filled life. Her daughter Koumal @theunseenvoyage whom I became very close to in the time I spent there, has a multitude of Divine talents. A certified yoga teacher, life coach, motivational speaker and healer, Koumal hopes to use her skills to help others. She’s also an avid traveler and has crossed many places in the north. . . I think women like Sanoober and Koumal play such important roles in society and for other girls to see in Pakistan and all over the world. To show them to never give up on their dreams, and that even as a single mother, you can succeed. That with enough support and love we can do anything. . My mom also raised me on her own and never gave up, no matter how hard things got. So I know how difficult it can be. The only reason I am where I am today is because of the strength, love and perseverance of my mother, despite all challenges. Women all over the world are suffocated by society. They fight for their voice to be heard, Independence, empowerment and challenge community stigmas among so many things. . . Times are slowly changing, but for many, the reality will remain the same. We need to empower and support each other and lead with love. And hope that women like Sanobber will inspire others to rise up and thrive.

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Going back to the start of my journey here in Pakistan, I had the pleasure of visiting a small historical village just outside of Lahore called Padhana. Most people who visit Lahore only stick to the main tourist attractions. However, one of the highlights of my time in that area was getting to meet Sardar Saifulla. A descendent of the great rulers of Padhana. With great Pride and enthusiasm , he showed me around his village and introduced me to all the town folk. It was fascinating to see each persons part in this community and how each role was a catalyst for the prosperity of the village. Aside from the Sikh Haveli, Padhana is infamous for the production of its Khalis(pure) buffalo milk. After the milk is sourced, it’s distributed for delivery across Lahore. It’s also used within the village to produce their renowned sweets called Barfi. The hot sweet milky liquid is churned in giant vats for 4-5 hours until it becomes thick, creamy and ready for production. Sardar chuckled as he told me that the locals were big fans of this sweet, pointing to the rotund belly of a passerby. We all laughed. Around the corner, we met Iqbal. The father of the Birfi wala, who was the best Chai wala in town. This chai was extra special because it was also made with the buffalo’s milk. I got an extra sweet surprise, as Iqbal prepared our Chai, smiling ear to ear, he serenaded me with a qawwali melody. As we sat enjoying our tea, Sardar pointed out to me that the wooden benches we sat on were built just across the road. Each person here was known by name, trade and had a significant position to play. After we sat and spoke over Chai and Birfi. Sardar told me how Padhana was once a Sikh village, but now is home to many Muslims. Living harmoniously. . Everyone worked as a team in this village, each an essential member of a supportive society. This is how times used to be before everyone got so busy and thought only of themselves. How many people know their neighbors, and are there to support them? . . I dream of this time when we can all be so connected and supporting one another. So that we all thrive and live in Unity as one collective community.

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Rosie Gabrielle has visited the beautiful places like Wazir Khan Masjid in Lahore, the Lahore Fort, Faisal Masjid in Islamabad and the Tomb of Rukn-e-Alam in Multan.

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SUFISM is a sect of Islam, and is defined better as “Islamic mysticism” focusing more on the inward experience and the more spiritual side of things. Seeking to find truth of Divine love and knowledge through direct experience with God. . While passing through Multan, I had the pleasure of visiting the Shah- Rukn-e-Alam Tomb. Some people who practice Sufism are devote followers of the old poets and saints, “Bazourgys” they are called, who had direct and profound connections with God, and focused their entire lives on this path of oneness. Once passed, great tombs were made in their honor and people go to pay their Salams to the late Saints. Many people believe that the saints will hear their cry’s and prayers and will be amplified and sent to the heavens quicker. Each person obviously has their own beliefs and doesn’t apply to all, but it’s a general idea. But there’s one thing for certain, the energy in these centers was powerful! . . In each of the Shrines I visited across Pakistan, I had a deep enlightening experience. At this Tomb specifically, I had two separate days of intense meditations. The first as I sat under a tree in the courtyard for over an hour, And the second as I was invited to pray at the foot of the tomb- which, was apparently a very rare and exclusive opportunity. It was a very unique and significant experience of mine during my time in Pakistan, as I’ve shared, my journey across the country was more of a soul pilgrimage. These beautiful moments were perfect catalysts to my adventure, and I’m very grateful for the experience.

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She has also shared her pictures of Bullah Shah Tomb, Kasur and wrote positive views about Islam and Pakistani people, “My heart hurt. Deeply. Knowing that this world, has such a negative view on Muslim people and of Pakistan. They have NO idea what Islam is actually about or the true heart of these people. That THEY are the ones terrorizing these peaceful souls. If they only knew that Muslims, and Pakistani people, are model citizens for the entire WORLD. For whole humanity,that Islam is peace and LOVE. And I, travelling as a solo female here in Pakistan, have only received the highest of care and attention, from all people.”

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WHAT BROKE ME INTO TEARS . I’ve had So many amazing experiences so far here in Pakistan. One that was particularly special was my time at the Bullah Shah Tomb in Kasur. The shrine was built after the death of The Sufi Poet and people from all parts of Pakistan came to pray there. In Islamic culture, it’s typical that men and women Pray in separate areas. I met the elder who was guardian of the tomb she blessed me, and told me how to pray there. After offering my prayers, the woman informed me she was a descendent of Bullah Shah, then took me inside the tomb where only men are permitted. This was a HUGE honor and privilege, something unique. Standing in this room, I could feel the intense pulses of energy. My channel was clear and direct. It was a message that all beings would be as one. That there was no separation between you or I. That the veins of life stretched out and connected each of us, flowing the energy of love and oneness. I returned back that evening, to continue my prayers in this magical place. And it was then that it struck me so deep. Tears began to role down my cheek. I, as a foreign female, who is non Muslim, have been so accepted into this culture. Without judgment, without question. I’ve been treated as family and given So MUCH love, and kindness, so genuine and pure in heart. My heart hurt. Deeply. Knowing that this world, has such a negative view on Muslim people and of Pakistan. That they have NO idea what Islam is actually about or the true heart of these people. That THEY are the ones terrorizing these beautiful peaceful souls. If they only knew. That Muslims, and Pakistani people, are model citizens for the entire WORLD. For all of humanity. That Islam is peace and LOVE. And I, traveling as a solo female here in Pakistan, have only received the highest of care and attention, from all people. This is how we SHOULD be to one another. But this is not how it is in the west. There is too much fear, anger, hate. Which is what lead me to my desperate cry on my stories last week. The world needs to wake up. This is NOT how we were meant to live. And I hope that by me sharing, people will be inspired to open their hearts.

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Most of the people asked Rosie that Where are all the women in your content? So she decided to open up about cultural sensitivities of Pakistani women in one of her Instagram posts, “Pakistani women that it’s not culturally acceptable for women to be interacting with men outside of the family. But it’s not like I never see ANY women, I actually meet a lot of really incredible females when on the road. However, because of their cultural sensitivities, often times I cannot publicly share our encounters, as they prefer to stay private, and I respect that.”

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People often ask me, “Where are all the women in your content?” You will often find me swarmed around groups of men (to which I always get safe and respected) while in public places but rarely will you see a woman, and that’s because of a few reasons. Typically in these regions of the world, it’s not culturally acceptable for women to be interacting with men outside of the family. This is something they have been brought up with and is the “norm” for them. It’s also not suitable for women to be “hanging out” on the streets- how you see most men do here, and women do not work in the trades that bring them to these areas. Their social time and activities tend to be at home with friends or family or in small communal gatherings. But it’s not like I never see ANY women, I actually meet a lot of really incredible females when on the road. However, because of their cultural sensitivities, often times I cannot publicly share our encounters, as they prefer to stay private, and I respect that. For example, when I was visiting Ranikot fort, I came across this lovely colorfully dressed family visiting from Dadu. They were so excited to meet me and ask me about my journey. After taking the obligatory selfies, we parted ways. 20 minutes later, one of the women came back to see me in the fort, now cloaked in a black dupata, she handed me the finely embroidered traditional Sindhi scarf that once decorated her head. This is a gift for you she said, handing me this exquisite garment. With humbled gratitude I excepted the gift and took some nice portraits of us all. There are so many beautiful moments and memories I have like this on my journey across Pakistan. I wish I could share more of the beauty of the women here, but it’s these precious stories you will have to live vicariously through.

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Even though, Rosie had also celebrated Pakistan’s 73rd Independence day by creating a very special VIDEO on this occasion.

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PAKISTAN ZINDABAD 🇵🇰 . Everyone told me it was too dangerous to travel Pakistan. That it was not safe for a solo female on a bike. After now completing my journey across the country by myself, I can tell you my first hand experience, what Pakistan is really about. . PAKISTAN….be proud. That, as a country, a whole, you have made a remarkable imprint on my heart. No matter what hardships you’ve been through, you continue to shine. And the people’s love radiates across the land. Stand tall. And continue to support one another knowing that the people, is the true heart of Pakistan. Unite as one. Knowing your value in the world and what Pakistan stands for. PEACE and LOVE. That, as a single foreign female in a Muslim predominant country, I never felt more safe, accepted, respected and loved. I’m often sent messages of gratitude and thanks for sharing my experiences here. For me, it’s not even a question of “thanks”. It’s a dutiful honor, a Gift from God. That I am able to share my experiences with the people here. For their hearts deserve to be seen. The world needs to be inspired. And the people of this nation have set a precedent for all of HUMANITY. So I am humbled that I can be the vessel to share this love. For it is I that should be grateful for the unconditional love I’ve received. . Happy PAKISTAN DAY 🇵🇰 May you all be blessed 💗

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A canadian traveller has labelled Pakistan as “The country of Peace and Love” and wrote, “Everyone told me it was too dangerous to come to Pakistan as a single female, let alone ride a motorcycle across the country. Now 1,500kms into my tour, I can tell you firsthand what it’s like to travel Pakistan as a solo female and what I’ve experienced so far,”

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Everyone told me it was too dangerous to come to Pakistan as a single female, let alone ride a motorcycle across the country. Now 1500 km’s into my tour I can tell you first hand what it’s like to travel Pakistan as a solo female and what I’ve experienced so far. Countless smiles and cheers of joy as I pass people and they realize it’s a female riding. Numerous offers to stay in locals homes wherever I stop, families are always inviting me to stay with them. When I stop for chai or snacks at a store, most often someone will buy it for me, or the owner will not let me pay, saying I’m a guest in their country and they would love to gift this to me. Food food and more food! wherever I go, I’m offered to eat wonderful home cooked food 😋 or offered gifts of food from street vendors as I pass by. Everyone wants to say hello and ask where I’m from and are curious what I think about Pakistan. They want me to know that Islam is a Peace and love and that I am accepted just the way I am. I’ve been gifted many things now by the people and families I stay with and been given the highest attention and hospitality, even if they don’t have much to give, they make sure I’m happy. And they give with their whole hearts. So many beautiful connections & heart felt moments, I have truly fallen in love with the people here💗 This is Pakistan. This is the country of Peace and Love. And this is my unedited experience so far. As a solo female traveling by motorcycle. Pakistan has suffered greatly in past years due to the continuous negative image the media portrays. Since many years now, they aren’t used to seeing tourists. So they’re overjoyed to see a foreigner. Not because I‘m anyone special, but because it gives them hope. Hope that Pakistan will once again be recognized for the beautiful country it is and the true heart of the people will be seen. People have labeled Pakistan as dangerous or that the people aren’t good. And I’ve seen how that personally affects the people here, it brings them to tears to have such accusations, and it breaks my heart to know what is said and how they’re treated abroad having experienced the culture first hand and how they’ve treated me

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Rosie has also shared diverse culture of Pakistan with the world by wearing traditional dresses that are crafted by women of the Thar desert who worked diligently to create these elaborate pieces of art.

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. “My name is GULAB, it means the rose flower” No WAY ?!? My name is ROSIE !! It’s the same 😍 . . And that was the beginning of a beautiful evening 💗 Walking down the back streets of Liberty market in Lahore, I came across a series of small shops selling an array of exquisite colorful fabrics, clothing and handy crafts. These are from the Sindh region I was told. Just then, a man came from his shop to invite me in. His name was Gulab, which just so happened to translate the same as my name! When he introduced himself, and we realized we shared the same name, we both burst into happy laughter. Gulab shared with me the origin and details of the shops collection. They came from his village in Mithi, a region of Pakistan known as Sindh. The women of the Thar desert worked diligently to create these elaborate pieces of art. It’s their main source of income. The people of this region are very poor and have very little but are very rich in culture. I was told about the beautiful traditional dresses and how local women are garnished with silver and the unmarried girls have bangles up their entire arms ! Gulab let me try on the dresses (ghagra) also a Peshawari karag (diff region) and decorated me with a traditional matha Patti (headdress) and even showed me the different ways the women would wear their shall. Then, to my surprise, I got a grand show of the traditional hip dance that the men do in Sindh. Gulab was a special character with a very kind heart ❤️ he treated my friend and I to Kashmiri chai and invited me to come to his village when I pass through the area so that I can meet the women who make the garments and see the process. . . . As I start my route across Pakistan and I am too excited to see all of this beauty, to meet these incredible people, and to share the diverse culture of Pakistan with the world !

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At the end, like many other travellers, Rosie can’t get enough of hospitality in Pakistan and termed it “a beautiful example of love and kindness.”

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HOSPITALITY in PAKISTAN; … … Is by far the most gracious care I have ever received. And it was explained to me by this Aunty that I met on the street. As I was walking down the back streets of the walled city in Lahore, I came across this lovely smelling food stall and went to have a closer look. It was then that Aunty and I met. She kindly insisted that I try the food and to join her and her granddaughter for dinner. The food was a gift she said. That I was a guest in her country and it was her honor and duty to show me grace and love. She explained to me that, in Islam, it is taught from Prophet Muhammad to love and care for one another, and to offer food to others. That it’s through her religion and faith that she is kind and hospitable to others. That being a Muslim means peace and love. After we ate, she continued to tell me her story and about her life. As I stood listening to her for some time, I held her hand. And although I didn’t know the direct translation of what she was saying in Urdu, I knew. I felt every word she said. The connection went much deeper. This is real human connection, this is ONENESS. You don’t need to speak the same language to connect with someone. You don’t have to have the same religion or have the same ideas to be kind and loving towards one another. We are all one. Pakistan has been a beautiful example of love and kindness. I’ve traveled to many Islamic countries . And although the hospitality is always AMAZING, there is something truly extra special about the people here and their exceptional giving hearts. And THIS is what I want to share with the WORLD ! 📸 @adeelonwheels

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This is Ali, a shop keeper at the Walled city in Lahore. A couple weeks ago we came here to visit the area. Our bikes were parked just opposite Ali’s shop and took rest at the wall After a long ride. Ali served us some Peshawari kava (tea) and some goodies from his shop. Afterwards, we tried to pay for the tea, but he didn’t accept it. He said that as a guest in his country, it was his honor to host me and gift this to me. I kindly thanked him and we chatted for some time. He asked how my experience was so far in Pakistan, I said it was amazing, that the people were truly so wonderful! He explained to me that, yes, Pakistan was safe and the people were about peace. And that life is about love and connectivity, that whatever the energy you put out, is what you will receive, so we must care for one another. I couldn’t agree more. And this has been my mantra my whole life. People ask all the time if I’m afraid traveling alone or have ever encountered someone bad. In 14 years, all I have received is love and kindness. Because I see everyone as equal, I treat everyone with respect and connect to the hearts of the people. People are not bad, they have just been through hard times. If they are triggered, they may react from the space of fear and trauma. But, if you send love and create a safe space for them, you will see the real human heart. We were created for oneness. We were created to love. Yesterday, I went back to surprise my friend Ali with a printed photo I took of him. To show him my appreciation of his kind heart, his beautiful being. This is what life is about. These small gestures and connections. Every moment in your day, you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, to connect with them, love them, and show you care. Whether it be a cup of tea, a smile or a kind gesture. Take the time to connect with one another and feel the difference in the energy around you and within your heart 💗 let the people of Pakistan be a model of love for the world. . . Oh- and if you didn’t see my Instagram stories- this is the bike I will be crossing Pakistan on. 😁 #bmwf700gs 👍🎉

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