This Canadian solo biker loved the hospitality of a Pakistani shopkeeper so much that she returned to give him a gift

Rosie Gabrielle was offered free tea, in return she gave the shopkeeper a printed photograph that she took of him

Canadian solo adventure biker Rosie Gabrielle, best known for traveling the world solo on her bike recently came to discover Pakistan. And as with any other foreign traveler visiting Pakistan, she fell in love with the beauty, hospitality, and culture of the country.

Rosie shared most of her Pakistani journey on her social media profiles. She shared her experiences as well as heartwarming stories. One of her stories recalls the kindness of a shopkeeper in Lahore who offered her tea but refused to take money from her.

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. – Rosie

Rosie was so impressed with this kindness and hospitality that she returned the next day to gift the shopkeeper a printed photograph that she took of him while visiting the shop.


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.

She even tried making Rotis

During her visit to the Walled City of Lahore, Rosie came across a roti stall where he met Gulam Shabir, a skillful roti maker. Intrigued by his skill, Rosie tried making one herself.

As I was walking down the small narrow streets just outside the walled city, I came across a man making Chapati. 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.

No matter where she went, she fell in love with Pakistanis

During her travels, Rosie met with a lot of people from all walks of life in Pakistan. And no matter where she went or who she met, she fell in love with their kindness and hospitality.

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.  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 described Pakistan as being different from other Islamic countries, especially when it comes to its hospitality.

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.

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 !

Geplaatst door Rosie Gabrielle op Vrijdag 21 december 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS from PAKISTAN ! It was absolutely an honor and a treat to be hosted by The Harley's Store Lahore on Christmas Day. It’s always difficult to be away from home during the holidays, but the HOG group spared nothing when it came to making us feel completely welcomed, at home, and celebrated. Dozens of Individuals from around the region gathered early Christmas Day to accompany us for an exciting ride across Lahore. Ending our day at @sa.gardens where we had a special BBQ lunch prepared, festive decorations, snowman cake and all! The Christmas spirit of fellowship and love was in abundant flow and received with deepest gratitude. In Pakistan, there is a 3% Christian population. Muslims and Christian people are equally supportive and respectful of the others beliefs and there is no judgment between the people. I found this as well, living in a Muslim country for so many years. Everyone was so welcoming and always so eager to wish me a Merry Christmas during the holidays. Where as back in Canada, it’s actually encouraged not to wish someone a Merry Christmas, instead it’s been replaced with “happy holidays”. heaven forbid you “offend” someone. The true meaning of this season has been forgotten. It is about Love, and oneness. And it’s so beautiful, that I get to experience that, in all it’s beautiful glory, here in Pakistan. ..A great big thank you to everyone who came out this day to make my Christmas one of the most memorable. Your effort is greatly appreciated and received with so much love. Bohat shukriya ?

Geplaatst door Rosie Gabrielle op Donderdag 27 december 2018

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