It takes time to adjust to heat, humidity and smells of Dhaka. The City slows down between 2 AM and 4:30 AM then it is call to prayer. The sounds from my bedroom window begin most mornings at 0700 and are those of industry - primarily construction. The sound of hammer hitting brick and sand being scooped into a bag. There are very conversations heard on the work site outside my window. My "apartment" is a room with two twin beds, one with mosquito netting and a bathroom. There is a common sitting area and a common kitchen. Breakfast is one I prepare, usually a cup of STARBUCKS coffee (yes I brought two pounds with me)and eggs. The mango fruit is wonderful and fresh and there are varieties I have never heard of before. The road way outside this apartment is dirt and is rutted from trucks, carts and rickshaws driving through the mud. So far I have only experienced one day of rain - the umbrella, although handy did not keep me dry! I was walking home fortunately and had time to dry my clothes on the line prior to going back out.
I am teaching a nursing course in Bangladesh at the International University of Business, Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT). I will not be alone as four students are joining me for the next six weeks. During this time we will be on adventures that will highlight the work of some of the NGOs working in the country. I will also try to share the experience of living with 156 million people. I have traveled a lot with Stan, but this is my first adventure on my own in along time. I hope you enjoy the sights of Dhaka and Bangladesh... full info