German ambassador (and Twitter celebrity) Martin Kobler bid adieu to Pakistan today.
Kobler arrived in Pakistan as German ambassador in August 2017 and announced his retirement in early March this year.
The ambassador racked up quite a following on Twitter (over 200K followers) with his enthusiastic documentation of his nearly two-year stay in the country.
He enjoyed Pakistani culture and that showed through his tweets, particularly during his last month's whirlwind of activity that marked his farewell.
In an emotional farewell video posted this weekend, he said, "I must say I’m leaving the country with a sad heart but be sure I will come back as an ordinary tourist.”
He continued, “I spent two of the most wonderful years in Pakistan which were professionally awarding but also rewarding in my private life. I discovered so many beauties of your country. Despite all the difficulties you might have in the political world, social and economic fields I’m very confident that Pakistan will make away to peace and prosperity."
“I wish you a good future particular the young generation. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful time in your country,“ he concluded.
Just like his travels through Pakistan, Kobler's wrapping up of his life in Islamabad was avidly followed on Twitter.
He invested in a sherwani:
Also took home other souvenirs from Pakistan, like this carved door:
...and some funkily upholstered furniture from Chiniot:
He gave away his signature Foxy to charity but not before taking it for one last spin. The Volkwagen Club of Pakistan gave him a token to remember it by.
He was feted at several lunches and got a bunch of cool gifts like this caricature of him:
He met everyone, from President Arif Alvi to the FC guards who provided him security:
And made sure that even his hardworking packers dined with him: