I landed in Rawalpindi at 2:50 am the morning of Wednesday, November 9. I had been in the air or wandering airports for the last 24 hours, with limited access to news of the election. By the time I fell asleep around 4:30 am, results in America hadn’t started to be reported yet (the ten hour time difference meant it was still 8:30 pm on Tuesday, east coast time). I woke up five hours later at 9:30 am to a mixture of the morning sounds of my hosts waking up and passing rairdi wallas. Still groggy, I had hoped to sleep for another few hours before getting up for the day. But my phone, now connected to WiFi, had received several BBC news alerts. My heart skipped a beat as I saw the first results. More »