I had the experience of staying at my relatives house but I have never really traveled alone, especially out of city. So, my first ‘independent trip’ was to Lahore. I was nervous but excited at the same time. I was going to my relative’s house. It was my cousin’s idea that now is the time to grow up and I loved the idea so, I persuaded my family and prepared for the trip. I left for Lahore on Friday 28/June/2013 at 10 in the morning. Mother came to drop me at the Daewoo Express. I got my ticket, put my luggage and got on the bus.
Journey started. I got on the coach, no one was on the seat beside me so, it was more comfortable. Yeah, more for m. 😉 Silence. Well not exactly 🙂 Got my ear phones and made my own comfortable environment though I was alert as it was the first time. If it wasn’t for Sehri (my BCOEW university friend) I would have been bored to the bones. Thanks sweetie. Some other friends and cousins did text now and then but not as much as Sehri. Companionship of a friend can make the journey a lot easier. She is in love with Lahore though never been there. I pray she gets her chance. Ameen.
Back to the story, the coach made a stop at Behra (rest point) for 15 minutes.
There I took this photo of the coach. 🙂
After that we kept on moving and didn’t stop until we arrived at Lahore. Taya Abu was already at the door of the coach when I stepped out. Oh! he has to wait for a long time in a hot weather. I felt so guilty, because I wasn’t able to tell him the exact time when we were going to reach. Traveling for the first time alone…didn’t know the distance or areas. 😦
After unloading the luggage, we got in his car and I texted my mother that I have reached and that Taya Abu had picked me up and now we are going home.
I didn’t take this picture. My relatives wouldn’t let me out of the house alone let alone out of the main gate just for the picture 😉 . They are protective. Good thing. Moving on, When I reached home (relatives’ place), I got a warm welcome from the kids and my cousin (let’s call her api from on) and got so busy with kids and others plus it was also food time. Man! I was hungry!
Some time after taking food, the kids went for swimming in their swimming pool. We all went with them. They are young so they are not allowed to swim alone. But boy, are they good! The older one is great but the little one is not far behind either :). Here is a picture of their swimming pool.
After that I spent time taking pics, then I remembered that I told my friends and two cousins that I will text on reaching safe and sound. So, I did that and also apologized for late report. Hehe :). After that we all sat down to watch 8:00 Drama. But ’till then I was totally exhausted. At 8:47 I was unable to keep my eyes open so I excused myself and told my api to wake me because I wanted to join them at dinner.
At 9:06 Famoo, came to wake me up. We had dinner. My api was worried that my sleep was disturbed but I knew I will sleep again, as soon as my head will hit the pillow. 🙂 After all I woke up at 3 am in the morning for the trip and didn’t take a wink in the coach. So you can imagine… 🙂
Next day: Saturday
Though my api had said to wake up at anytime I want. She said,”You are at home.” Everyone woke up late as it was weekend except for my api, she is a doctor. Only her Sunday is free. But as I have slept early so, I woke up early too. At 8:15 :). When I went downstairs only Tai Amma and Taya Abu were awake. 🙂
Tai Amma looked at me with a raised eyebrow and said, “So early…” And I was like ‘are you criticizing me?’ And she said, “Tai Amma and criticizing?” 😉 Good talk.
Actually, she was just saying this because no one else was awake and usually we people are famous for getting up late, at least as late as 11:00. I am up at 8:15! Of course Tai amma was suspicious :). But I guess I was hungry and that woke me up early. After all it was my cheat day! 🙂
After breakfast, I went back to the room. What else was I supposed to do, the house was so quiet. So, back in my room, I listened to some music, made a list of events in sequence that were happening, in order to write about it later. After 10 I went downstairs, the kids were awake, my api was also back from work.
As the girls sat down for their breakfast, we did a little chatting. We talked about cereals while they were eating theirs. 🙂 Then it was their ‘Quran reciting’ time. So, I sat with them, listened to them and played with play-do while Tai Amma helped them recite. MashaAllah they sounded so good. May Allah bless the all. Ameen.
After they were finished we played, did some drawings and played with colors. Then after some rest we went to Sports Complex for kids karate class. That day a lot of kids were absent so they did only games. Here is a picture of the best view (according to me) of the Sports Complex that I saw on the way in and took it on the way out. 🙂
From there we left after 5:00 for Mall of Lahore.
We had so much fun in Mall of Lahore. At least I did. Thanks to my api and her girls. Here are some pics I took while we were there.
Love the balloons :).
When I first look at this I thought it was an aquarium. 🙂
But then I read this:
I was shocked plus amazed. Never heard or seen anything like this before in my life. I didn’t try it then but planning to do so next time. 😉
The kids wanted to go to the Humpty Dumpty ( Play area for kids in Mall of Lahore ).
Found it cute and funny, at the same time 🙂
After this the kids were tired especially the little one, Hibu. She was denying it but it was written all over her face. She wanted to go to some other place as I was supposed to leave the next day, and she wanted to do ‘everything’ before that. But my cousin said,”No, it was too much for one day.” I patted Hibu on the head, and told her that its okay, we can do it tomorrow. Both were like: What! you staying for tomorrow?! They had no idea that I had extended my stay ’til Monday. I nodded and jumped with joy. I almost cried then. I was overwhelmed by their joy. I can never forget the joy I felt that day. Love you a lot, sweeties.
After that we roomed about from shops to shops. I did some shopping for myself and my family back home.
Here are some random pictures I took while in and out of the shops there.
Now they are just adorable. Aren’t they? 🙂
After rooming about for a while, we had the ice-cream, the one that you choose and decorate yourself. Loved it.
After that we left for home at about 9:40 :). On reaching home the normal routine: food and then bed-time.
Next day: Sunday
On Sunday both my cousins were free so we decided to go to Gelato Affairs and then to Reading.
I love books and bookstores 🙂 Yeah. Its like a paradise to me. 🙂
We had a lot of fun on the way home too. We made a short stop at Gourmet. I wanted to take Berfi for my brother. He likes Gourmet’s Berfi a lot. There I got the chance to buy something for the kids too.
On reaching home, I took food and then went up for packing. Told my api and kids to come and say goodbye before sleeping. Because in the morning I was suppose to leave long before they will wake up.
After packing, I waited for them, thought they forgot but I was wrong. 🙂 They came, we talked, ate lychee then I hugged and kissed the girls as it was their sleeping time. We said goodbyes. That was the best goodbye I ever had from them before that they were always formal, reserved. 🙂
My cousin and I were left alone, we talked about a lot of stuff then it was time to say goodbye to her too. On her way out, she gave me a treat.
I asked her about hat treat back at the Mall of Lahore, that what were they and that was it. I never knew she will actually brought them for me. Oh! I felt like crying. I said to her,” So, that means I don’t ever ask you about things just because of the fear of this….????” And she said,” I only do his for people I love.”
She left. But I sat there in the dark thinking, smiling and nearly crying…..again. All that gave me a warm feeling and I felt overwhelmed.
All the time I was there I never felt out of place. I felt like part of them. I mean I am part of them, they are family. But I was at so much ease that it was like I was home. I can’t thank them enough for bearing me. 😉
Next day: Monday
I left. I was so sad. Never felt that way before, something was definitely different this time. Taya Abu came to drop me at the Daewoo Express. On reaching Rawalpindi, my family picked me up. I texted everyone, my cousins and friends that I have reached. And here my adventure ends.
I love adventures. Hope I find another one soon.