A Canadian young star by the name of Rosie Gabrielle has been investigating the world alone on her bicycle. Her journey has conveyed her to Pakistan, where she is at present appreciating neighbourhood cooking and accommodation, to such an extent that she has named it “Amazing and safe Country.”
The enthusiastic soul, who quit her place of employment two years back to experience her fantasy of riding solo, has been archiving her visit on her web-based life pages. Only a few days back, Gabrielle took to Instagram to share her encounters here.
“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,” she started the post.View this post on Instagram
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
Furthermore, she added to her post, “Countless smiles and cheers of joy as I pass people and they realise it’s a female riding. Numerous offers to stay in local 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.”
Rosie Gabrielle proceeded, “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 about what I think about Pakistan.”View this post on Instagram
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
As per her Instagram stories many individuals have been showing her religion too… “They want me to know that Islam is [about] 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,” shared Gabrielle.
“And they give with their whole hearts. So many beautiful connections and heartfelt 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 travelling by motorcycle.”View this post on Instagram
All you need in life in ROSIE ROTI . . Is a popular saying here in Pakistan. “Rosie” translating to income, and Roti (flat bread) representing food. . . As I was walking down the small narrow streets just outside the walled city, I came across a man making Chapati. Chapati is a type of Roti, just thinner (It would be the same as a crepe). His name was Gulam Shabir. He had been making Roti’s professionally for 23 years. One by one he needed and tossed the dough effortlessly producing a golden hot crispy chapati within seconds to sell to the local vendors and passerby’s. I watched in mesmerized awe as he did this. The man in the stall next to him offered me a drink as I begun to take some fun photos of him flipping the bread. Next thing I know, I was invited to try it myself. How could I say no! I can definitely tell you, they sure make it look easy. There’s a real skill and knack to producing a perfectly round roti to which I failed miserably at. But, despite my failed attempts at being a Roti master, I did have the most amazing time. Laughing and connecting with this beautiful soul. Just the look on his face as we interacted and had fun was priceless. After, we were offered pakora curry to eat with our freshly made chapatis. It was delicious ! And like my previous experiences, they did not accept any payment. . . Touched by the entire experience, the gifted food, and my new friend, With a heart full of gratitude I thanked him. For the whole experience, for his presence and for this beautiful encounter and my feeling about Pakistan people and what this meant to me. To which Gulam Shabir replied; Pakistan people are LOVE. It is our pleasure. . . So, it’s not “Rosie or Roti” we need to survive. It is LOVE. Pure unconditional Love and connection ? . . Thank you Gulam for representing not only your people and Country, but what humanity should be. ?? ?
She also included the fact that “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 recognised for the beautiful country it is and the true heart of the people will be seen.”View this post on Instagram
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.
Gabrielle finished up her post saying, “People have labelled Pakistan as dangerous or said its people aren’t good. And I’ve seen how that personally affects them 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.”