Rosie Gabrielle – A Journey of Love on a Motorcycle

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It is rightly said; don’t believe on what you hear, unless you’ve witnessed it, especially in the case of our beloved Pakistan, a country filled with the most hospitable people, the most beautiful places and the most welcoming hearts, treating and respecting guests as families, has always been dragged through the mud on the media on several occasions, leaving the country with pre-assumed judgmental opinions in the eyes of foreigners.

Nevertheless, whenever a foreigner visits and witness Pakistan first-hand, they fail to resume with their preconceived beliefs and fail to go back without falling in love with each and everything this country has to offer.

Rosie Gabrielle, the Canadian biker who has now become an internet sensation has been visiting Pakistan on her motorcycle while sharing every experience of falling in love with every bit of it.

The adventurous girl is riding a red BMW F700 GS solo across Pakistan, which is something new and exciting.

She started from Lahore in December, where she was warmly welcomed with traditional music and bhangras and she was so touched that she wrote from her heart out in the caption, saying:

 

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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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“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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Pakistan has been a place I’ve been wanting to visit for years. There was an inquisitive charm luring me to experience the real side of the country and find out first hand just what it was like there. Unlike what the media has to say about Pakistan, the travelers I’ve spoken to have only ever had amazing things to say about it. This winter I had a few options of where I could set off to.I was waiting for the universe to give me a gesture of which direction that would be. So when I received an invitation message from @huzaifaubaid to join a group heading to Pakistan, I took that as my sign, and jumped at the opportunity! Typically I travel alone, but I thought this would be a great way to experience a new dynamic of travel, and I really admired Huzaifa’s passion behind his project @pakistan_awaits . Huzaifa is a Pakistani living in Oman. Proud and passionate about his country, he wanted the world to see the real essence of Pakistan, the people, and what it has to offer. To promote a positive image and to change the perspective that that media has portrayed. After discussing his ideas with some friends and joining a small team @pakistan_awaits was born. They had their first venture to Pakistan with a small group of 3 earlier this year. In just a short time, they expanded to 7 individuals who would be part of this wonderful project. To experience the culture and to share our true feelings. It was a grand week full of lots of adventure. It’s been a long time since I traveled in a group and had my own challenges. But I learnt so much. And humbly grateful for this beautiful opportunity. It’s incredibly inspiring to see a young man take such a bold initiative. To see past obstacles, challenges and faced with opposition. To see forth his vision and to not give up. Dreams are not built in a day. It takes time, perseverance and a will to keep going. Great change can be made and manifested. It doesn’t take a nation, but a single courageous heart. . Follow @pakistan_awaits and share the vision of a new future for Pakistan. . I will now be continuing on my own across the country over the next few months. I’m excited to share all of my experiences with you all.

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After receiving an invitation to Pakistan from Huzaifa Ubaid, a Pakistani Social Media Enthusiast from Oman who is trying to portray the real essence of Pakistan, she accepted the group invite initially and later followed her own style of travelling alone, she followed her heart of visiting Pakistan solo despite being told not to.

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I can’t believe it’s been over one month now in Pakistan ! So much has gone on, so many new adventures every day! I’ve been staying with the most amazing family here in Lahore who have basically adopted me as their daughter and treated me as one of the family. And thanks to @theharleystore and my new Bhai @adeelamer I’ve had some epic rides through the city and gotten to explore Lahore on some very beautiful bikes! I have just received the bike that I will be using to cross Pakistan on (hint: it’s not a Harley) and will be leaving soon on the grand adventure ! I’m too excited to share with you my experience here in Pakistan. The real Pakistan. Stay tuned on my Instagram stories to see which bike it is and all the amazing adventures to come ! . . A massive thank you also to @walledcitylahore for giving us special permission to shoot at the Lahore fort 🙏 📸 @adeelamer

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Rosie was not scared to visit Pakistan, she talked about how unlike the media, the travelers only ever had amazing things to say about it, and she wanted to share ‘THE REAL PAKISTAN’ with the world.

She speaks purely when she says, ‘PAKISTAN You have stolen my HEART’. Despite of what been told, travelling alone as a woman never bothered her, people from Pakistan cared for her even more, and treated her as one of their own.

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🇵🇰PAKISTAN When someone mentions this country; what are your initial thoughts? What are the general feelings and images, that that media portrays about Pakistan? . I can tell you -in my experience, there aren’t many good things said. “It’s dangerous, they are terrorists, you will be raped or killed, it’s filthy, you will be treated badly as a female”, were just a few of the “cautions” that were told to me when I mentioned to people that I wanted to come to Pakistan. And these judgments came from all over the world and from many people. This is the misconception, this is the issue. And this is what I’m here to change. The only news that sells is bad news. So the media over dramatizes things, sells lies and instills fear in the minds of the masses so it has control and something to sell. Has Pakistan had an unfortunate past and been through devastation, yes. But now the country is free again and open to experience the true heart of this place. Are there still dangerous areas? Every country has their questionable places and you need to use common discernment. You wouldn’t walk in a back alley in NYC at 3 am and expect to be "okay. So being informed and aware any place you go is advisable. But listen to the right sources. People are very quick to tell you the bad things, even if they aren’t true. I’m not going to sugar coat things and only tell you fluffy good stories, but I will definitely focus more on the positive aspect of what I personally see and my experiences here. Which are; I feel exceptionally safe here. As a woman I do not feel objectified or looked down on. I am highly respected by everyone I meet. I’m not judged. The hospitality here is unlike any place I’ve ever visited. The people are so pure, genuine and kind; and that’s every person I’ve met- from the passing of individuals on the street, to people who welcome me in their home. Every single person I’ve met has been a gracious beautiful soul. The food is amazing and the culture is so diverse. Very soon I’ll be leaving on my bike to cross the country to share with you the REAL Pakistan. Not the crap you see in the news. Never believe what you hear until you’ve experienced it firsthand.

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Rosie talked about the contradiction between media portrayed image of Pakistan and the reality, how all over the world people have a perception of Pakistan being a country of terrorists, a dangerous country with horrifying people and how in real it has been an exact opposite experience.

She has so much good to talk about when she shared her interaction with different incredible cultures in different cities with different people, their hospitable kindness, exquisite architecture, great food and life stories.
She told her followers that almost everywhere she went, she had the friendliest interactions, where people offered her free food and also their homes to live, the kind of welcome that she has not experienced anywhere else.

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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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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 !

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PUHKTUN People … historically known as ethnic Afghans. They are an Iranian ethnic group, who mainly live in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They speak the Pashto language and adhere to Pashtunwali, which is a traditional set of ethics guiding individual and communal conduct. They are a minority group in Pakistan constituting 15% of the population. They reside in the foothills of Swat valley , the northern areas of Baluchistan and the north west province KPK. They have a very unique way of life and the culture is completely different to the rest of Pakistan. They dress differently, have their own variation of foods, music, traditions, morals and values. They even look altogether different. You will find a lot of very pale skinned people and some with the most stunning blue/green eyes. The kind of rare features I’ve only ever seen in National Geographic magazine. Mesmerizing. A deep seed to the soul. The Pakhtun’s are proud, gentle and kind people, with some of the greatest hospitality and biggest hearts you will ever experience. It was truly amazing to see this culture and meet so many wonderful people! I can’t wait to return to this region in the summer on my own and explore the incredible region and witness and learn about new cultures and people. Pakistan is so diverse and the people are truly remarkable inside and out.

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Cross cultural curiosity . . Just as I am intrigued and excited by new cultures, ways of life, faces and stories. People are equally excited to see and meet me. The other day I was out for a ride and decided to stop to take photos with a camel. Next thing I knew, there was a huge crowd gathered around me. All in utter awe at what they saw. A woman on a bike ! Quite a large group had conjured, but they were all very respectful. I had many invites for tea and even more Selfies. In Pakistan, you don’t see women riding and you don’t see many foreign women period. So many people Are curious to come say hi, practice their English, or to show kind hospitality to an outside guest. It’s a beautiful thing when two cultures meet, are equally inquisitive about the other and happy to connect. Although the interactions are short, the memory is lasting and the experience is special. . . 📸 @adeelamer

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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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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. 🇵🇰 💗

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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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That time I sang with a QAWWALI band ! . . After experiencing a powerful prayer at the Bulleh Shah shrine in Kasur, I walked over to listen to the Qawwali band. Their music echoed and danced off the walls of the open area and the sound was so beautiful. Just then, the singer asked if I would like to come sit with them and sing along. Wow ! How could I say no ! . I sang as a professional singer for many years but had never sang this style of music, nor did I know the language. The man told me- just feel the music, and sing from you heart ! Sing louder he kept saying. The feeling was incredible ! I simply connected to Divine and sang straight from my heart. And this is what Qawwali is all about. It’s beautiful poetry from the great spiritual teachers and philosophers of time, created into rhythm harmonic mastery. It is a form of Sufi Islamic devotional music and dates back more than 700 years ago. . As a singer and Spiritual being I would Love to actually learn a qawwali song ! Any suggestions for what would be the best song to learn ? . . By the way: I’ve done an entire vlog series on my Pakistan trip and all these amazing experiences ! I can’t wait to share it on my YOUTUBE channel ! Don’t forget to subscribe { Rosie Gabrielle} to be the first to see them 💗

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The Lahore Fort in the walled city, is quite the magical place. It’s vast in its size spreading across an impressive area of over 20 hectares spanning the greater part of Lahore city. You really need a few days to take in all it’s beauty. And I’ve quite literally done that. I’ve now spent a total of 4 days exploring the grounds taking in all its magnificence, and I could go back 100 more times. . . I still remember the first time I went to visit. I sat under a tree for some time taking in the beautiful energy. I had a particularly hard day that day with a lot of chaos in my head and bad energy around me and was trying to regroup myself. As I came from my meditation and was feeling a bit better, a friendly face approached me. Immediately lighting my heart up with his smile. His name was Irfan. He was the guard on the premises. He was so elated to see me, asking where I was from and wanting to know what I thought of Pakistan. He then invited me to pass through the closed gates so that I could take a special photo in front of the fort. I felt very privileged and was grateful for his gesture. He had the sweetest smile and a gentle manor. It’s funny though, as soon as the camera comes out they become so serious. I won’t forget his smile though, or his invitation. Or the reminder I received from his encounter and experience. That how this small kind gesture made me feel so happy and took me out of my troubled place. How not to focus on the chaos around me but to relish in the present moment and all the beauty that lays in front of me. That each encounter and opportunity to connect is such a blessing. And if we take the time to open our hearts ,we can heal each other. . . 📸 @cavemangram

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The intensity of how the love from Pakistan touched her could be expressed from her statement when she said:
‘Let people of Pakistan be the model of love for the world.’

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