Visited the University of Agriculture Faisalabad because agriculture is a major industry in Pakistan (accounting for over 5th of GDP), and a MAJOR water user.
There, Dr. Allah Bakhsh (Dean of Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology) showed us around his “Research Lab”, which was acres and acres of wheat, rice, sugarcane, tomatoes, cotton, perfectly planted and monitored for performance.
Turns out he got his PhD and Post Doc in Agricultural Engineering at Iowa State.
The other day, a Pakistani colleague invited us to traditional Sajji. What is sajji? It’s basically a chicken barbecue menagerie. From the Balochistan region of Pakistan. I’ve been fortunate that, through work and other methods, I’ve had many opportunities to experience not just food, but cultures and friendships from around the world. How grateful I feel to the people that have shared these things with me, and how I look forward returning the kindness.
Just as I thought these thoughts, the food arrived and I realized it was Thanksgiving.
So, Happy (accidental) Thanksgiving, everyone.