Meet Dutchie. An Australian Who Believe Foreigners Can Literally Get Killed In Pakistan

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Jovago Pakistan recently interviewed Dutchie from Australia who came to visit Pakistan while going home and eventually fell in love with Pakistan.

  1. Our first question is who is Dutchie D’Pirate? Tell us a little detail about yourself.

Dutchie D’Pirate is a 29-year-old bloke who loves three things – his freedom, riding motorcycles and adventure travel. Born and bred in Sydney, Australia, Dutchie often enjoys sausages in a roll with onions and tomato sauce. Is notorious for always being late. Currently riding a Triumph motorcycle from London to Sydney.

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  1. What was the primary reason to visit Pakistan?

My primary reason for visiting Pakistan was that it was on the way home, and is host to one of the most remarkable rides in the world, the Karakoram Highway.

  1. What was your perception about Pakistan before your trip?

To be honest, I didn’t really have much of a perception, because I knew almost nothing about the country. I guess I knew Pakistan as the place where the Americans supposively caught and killed old Osama, and that Pakistani’s are absolutely mental about cricket

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  1. How will you describe your trip to Pakistan in three words?

The game changer.

  1. What makes Pakistan different from countries you have visited so far?

Hah, this is a great question. Maybe we can start with how amazingly kind and friendly Pakistani’s are. I think you can literally be killed with kindness in this country, I haven’t  experienced this kind of personal warmth in any other country (excluding Iran, Morocco and Turkey) where your question is their mission. It’s very touching and this really splits the difference from the other 40 something countries I’ve visited.

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I’ve never seen so many cricket pitches in one place. Not England, nor Australia. Farm fields, beaches, rocky clearings, dirt patches, school grounds… cricket bats made from wood palings, balls made out of I don’t know what, and the size of crowds that stand around and watch a local cricket game is intense! Pakistan is passionate about cricket!

  1. How many Pakistani cities you have visited so far?

I’ve visited 8 cities in Pakistan and ridden through hundreds of small towns, villages, and cities in the last month.

  1. What 3 cities you love the most in the cities you visited in Pakistan

Does the Karakoram Highway count as a city? Hahaha!

Lahore – for its food scene and my awesome friends Maria and AJ.

Karimabad – for its scenery and happy, relaxed locals

Islamabad – for the fact that the roads are a million times better than anywhere else in Pakistan. 10 lane roads are such a beautiful thing!

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  1. What 3 places you will recommend to every foreigner to visit in Pakistan?

Without a doubt, the first would be the Karakoram Highway. I can’t be more specific because there are so many beautiful sections on that road!

Second is Hunza. Anywhere in Hunza, too good to miss that place.

Third would be Balochistan. It’s an experience in itself just trying to cross the place, let alone the desert scenery.

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  1. If you get a chance to visit Pakistan again, which 3 destinations you would like to explore?

Well, I’m not leaving just yet. I’ve just extended my visa for another three months. So with that said, I’m heading back to the Karakoram to check out Shimshal, Kalash and Skardu.

  1. What were some of the problems you faced in Pakistan as a foreigner?

As a foreigner I didn’t really face any real ‘problems’ and not for a minute did I ever feel unsafe unless it was riding on Pakistan roads. I think that was the most major issue with riding in Pakistan. It always feels like you’re trying not to be killed on the road, or saving people from themselves.

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There’s always people just wandering out onto the road without looking so you’re always doing last minute swerves, and many drivers appear to be happy to squash you as long as they get the space in front of you. No one really follows any kind of rule except their own – which makes it a reasonably scary place to ride. Still, a hell of a lot of fun though, makes me feel alive! Haha!

  1. What will be your answer if anyone asks you, “Why Should I visit Pakistan?”

I guess I’d say this – visiting Pakistan is like opening a crazy looking old book. When you see the cover, you’re like “what the fuck is going on there dude!”, and then as you begin to read, you discover the amazing beauty within. It’s colorful, it’s crazy, and an adventure in itself. The kind of book that never ends.

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If you don’t want to have a fantastic time, if kind, friendly people aren’t your thing and if impressively beautiful nature doesn’t roll with you, don’t go to Pakistan.

  1. You must have researched on Pakistan before visiting. What is different in the real Pakistan?

The only research I did was asking two friends of mine, who traveled Pakistan solo on their bikes, which way to go and what to expect. The rest I figured out when I got here.

  1. Out of the different types of cuisines, you had in Pakistan, which one was your favorite? And why?

Mutton Karai cooked with ghee was by far the best dish I had here. The perfect amount of spice, not too much chilli, melt in your mouth mutton, and of course, I shared it with great company.

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  1. Share one of your most memorable moment or incident in/about Pakistan.

As there have been so many memorable moments, I’m going to generalize and give two instances. The first is riding the Karakoram Highway and by far was the most memorable thing I’ve done to date in Pakistan – aside from the continual cups of tea. Some of the things I experienced on that road over two weeks I’ll never forget – which is exactly why I’m going back for more.

I really do enjoy having cups of tea with locals though, as one person said: “it’s the bread and butter of these trips”. I think I’ve been invited to so many people’s homes, shops or cafes for a cup of tea and chat where we can learn about each other. It is such a strong part of the culture, that children to the elderly are inviting you for tea no matter where you are. I really love that it’s a strong trend all over the country.

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  1. Any ending note for readers?

Many people have been asking “what’s Pakistan like?”. So here I’ll try to make it as short and as sweet as possible.

Once you peel off the mad exterior shell of Pakistan, with all its honking jingle trucks and racing tuk tuks, you’ll find an incredibly warm hearted bunch of people. They’ll invite you for tea, feed you cake and take the time to get to know you, especially in the north. You cannot imagine the beauty that is hidden inside this little country, both in nature and inside the people. If you are a nature lover and enjoy adventure, you can’t go wrong with visiting Pakistan.

With this, Jovago Pakistan ended the interview.

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1 Comment

  1. Haris Rafiq

    April 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    wow what a nice mountain

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