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Karimabad, Hunza is high in the mountains of Pakistan. It's known for happy, long-lived people (many of its citizens have lived over 100), but that may be because of good air and clean living or optimism and inability to count. The people are friendlier than any other place we've visited. Everyone smiles and says 'hello,' the shopkeepers are helpful but not pushy or aggressive. It seems most people have memorized a few English phrases: "How are you?" "Where are you going?" "Nice to see you."
Hunza's citizens love the view
Unfortunately our translator doesn't have Urdu on it, the local language, so I'm not making much headway with this kid.

This fort commands the town of Altit, Hunza. Notice that the houses here have holes in their roofs to let out smoke from the cooking fires.