It's surreal that I've arrived in Islamabad - maybe it's the thirty hours of travel.  Although the city feels very foreign to me, I also feel very welcome.  Greeting me at the newly opened Islamabad airport were members of both the Madison Mountaineering team and the hotel staff, I feel very well taken care of and have barely had to worry about anything.  

The plan is to stay here for one night, and then travel by plane tomorrow morning to Skardu.  Although it's raining here now, the forecast for the next few days looks good, so we're hoping that our travel plans will proceed as planned.  

Cheers to an exciting journey!