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Islamabad... always Beautiful

Most of you may not know this, but in 2015 Islamabad was declared as the 2nd most beautiful capital in the world. Obviously, the title has been given for a reason. If you’ve lived here for a while, you know that the four seasons run their course to the max.

Summer comes with its clear blue skies, monsoon, humid air, and a constant need to sip on mint margaritas, which, by the way, you can get in F-10 markaz, right next to Ethnic – 1 mint margarita, a small street vendor, selling the best margaritas in town.

In late September, autumn creeps in bringing with it the crisp smell of burning wood in the air, fallen leaves to crush, and chilly breezes promising cozy winter days ahead.

Winter slides in, forcing us to make good use of forgotten fireplaces and cruising to F-7 to grab a cup of hot tandoori chai while bundled up in layers of clothing. Oh, and of course, you can’t resist a trip or two to Murree and Nathiagali because who doesn’t love snow? Winter wonderland complete, wouldn’t you say?

As the days move on, spring approaches and life full of color reappears. Cherry blossoms, bougainvilleas, daisies, and daffodils are soon seen at every turn and corner. The light weather coaxes people out of their houses to take a hike on one of the many trails around Islamabad or to just go and enjoy corn on the cob from a roadside street vendor.

Then, alas, the circle completes, and we’re back to where we started. Seasons change and keep coming back, but Islamabad always has something going on to keep this small city with its vibrant people engaged in something or the other. In a nutshell, the weather here aids whatever else is happening and makes Islamabad, ........ always Beautiful.

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