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Published: December 10th 2010
Mr Clump, Nahid and Momtaz Apa.
Well, its nearly time for me to pack up all my things and leave this wonderful city that has been my home for three months. Its a time of the entire cacophony of emotions - i feel sad to be leaving such wonderful people that have become my family and friends, but also i feel happy to be seeing the UK again. Overwhelmingly i feel a sense of acheivement and joy with everything that i have done here in Bangladesh.
This week has been one of two things; Goodbyes and Shopping!! Each day of teaching has been difficult, with each successive class that i have had to teach asking the same question, 'Why do you have to go Mr Will?'. I have been inundated with gifts (seven mugs at the final count - not all of which i can take home) and seriously heartfelt letters from students expressing their sadness at the short time we have spent together. I've even had a couple of students getting all teary eyed on me, which managed to set me off!! The teachers that i have adopted me into their families have all been extremely generous, giving me beautiful bed spreads and hand made
The English Staff
Sporting my lovely Panjabee which i was bought as a gift.
material that i will treasure forever. Over the last few days, whenever i walked along the corridors i was mugged by students wanting to say goodbye, and in classes I was often nearly bowled over by group hugs. This simply illustrates the incredibly generous nature of Bangladeshis, I have only been here for three months and still there is a real sense of sadness at my leaving. I am indebted to the people that i have met here for making my transition to such a foreign country relatively painless.
My leaving Chittagong will be terribly sad, but i will be spending a few days in Dhaka before my flight, where i have booked tours in order to do some sightseeing. Luckily i have something to look forward to, and i am very excited to be able to become a proper tourist for a few days and to see the capital city. Then, Tuesday, is the long flight back the UK for a cold, and wonderful Christmas.
I leave with sadness, but also with joy. I have made friends here that I will keep for life. I have already been invited to Kolkatta to meet the family of Boudi,
Boudi and I
My greatest friend here and my adopted mother!
perhaps my greatest friend here. I know that I will return here, that life holds even more exciting adventures for me, and that my three months working in Chittagong has given me memories that I will treasure forever, Inshallah.
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