Fr Peter in Pakistan (Part 5)
Karachi is a huge city of 27 million people – the largest city in the world that has no resident Jesuits!
On our side of the road, the shacks come right up to the wall of this house, as you can see
So this place is very different from Murree, which was cool and beautiful and pleasant. Here it is hot and dusty and noisy! We also hear the call of the muezzins from the nearby mosques, amplified to distortion, wafting across the compound at various times of day!
On the plus side – there is always a plus side – your washing dries very quickly on the line here – a few hours and it’s done! (It took days in Murree because the air was so cold and damp!)
And the Dominican fathers were very kind and hospitable, particularly Father Maris, who made us all very welcome. That welcome was soured a little, though, after he had left when, on the last night, at 10pm, I was asked to move out of my room to make way for the Dominican Provincial, who wanted the room with air conditioning! I still haven’t forgiven them for Salamanca.
Why doesn’t everywhere get sockets like this?!