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Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka October 14th 2010

Arrived two nights ago by Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur. The driver from the Hotel Pacific was there at the airport...but we had trouble finding him. An obliging taxi driver called the hotel and got his cell phone number and found him. We gave him 100 taka ($1.42 U.S.), which was too much I now realize, as baksheesh. The traffic jams are unbelievable. It took us maybe 2 hours to get to the hotel. Interesting to see the city on the way in though. Lots of kids and others running among the traffic selling popcorn in bags, books, other unrecognizable food and begging. One of the books was Hitler's Mein Kampf?! All of the buses are battered and bashed from numerous accidents. Hotel Pacific is okay. We upgraded to the "VIP suite" at 2500 taka ($35) ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka March 3rd 2010

The month of Yearend, The roster was not that bad as I m new..another new 4 destination out of over 80 destionations to cover... Start with Katmandu Nepal, I Love this place as it is such a very old town and country! the architech, art and all the old style building and living!! the people are very nice, they are all smilling as well try to talk to us even they can't speak english! I do remember to try one of the nice Italian restaurant at Tarmia street calls Fire and Ice ... and don't forget to try Everest beers!!! ummm .. and whenever you are acrossing the sky, don't forget to look through the window of your airplane!!! Everest mountain View is amazing!!! trust me!!!! Maldives!! One of my favourite destionatoins!! Time to bet burn ... read more
Clear water in Maldives
decending to Maldives

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka February 26th 2010

For more of my photos, or to buy my book, please visit Upon hearing ‘Bangladesh’, most people will naturally ponder various images, which come to them primarily from the media. I did once too. Natural catastrophes that take tens, even hundreds of thousands of lives, over, and over, and over again. The most crowded nation on earth. One of the poorest too. The country is viewed essentially as a write-off by much of the world, a forgotten land where human and natural suffering exist on a scale so grand that few of us can handle the burden of even imagining that we could in some way help, or even worse, actually want to go there. But I want to ignore those ideas, tell you a few things that you probably don’t know about the ... read more
Cyclone Warning Poster
Baby, Dhaka
Army of Rickshaws, Dhaka

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka November 26th 2009

Hi Everyone It’s been a couple of weeks since our last update and we have been on some serious adventures since then so make sure you read. It’s worth it! OK so Bangladesh. WOW. What an interesting country it has been. Its hard to understand why so few tourists come here being so close to South East Asia and India etc. Bangladesh is seriously off the beaten track and during our stay here we only saw 6 foreigners in the whole country. This made all our experiences that little bit sweeter. First some random facts: 1. 32 people die in Bangladesh per day due to road traffic accidents. That’s 12 000 per year! The guide book suggests that during your stay in Bangladesh you will very likely be involved in an accident in one way or ... read more
Just when you thought it was safe... - Bagerhat, Khulna
Major Russell and son - Bagerat, Khulna
Spices at Bagahat Markets - Bagerhat, Khulna

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka June 21st 2009

Jake and I took a leisurely stroll through our neighborhood a few weekends ago. The humidity wasn't too high and so we decided to walk around for a bit and enjoy Baridhara. The highlights, among other things, were various colourful rickshaws, exotic trees and flowers, strange fruits, the garbage "truck", and a random patch of corn (yes, corn). We took some photos to share with you :) Enjoy!... read more
the cane shop
the national fruit of bangladesh

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka May 13th 2009

The beginning of my trip to Bangladesh went smoothly. I first flew from Boston to London, where I sat next to a medical supplies salesman who elaborated about his adventures getting sick in India and dodging the aggressive traffic. Even so, his stories only increased my excitement and I read through the entire Lonely Planet book (a convenient 150 pages). The second leg of my journey caused some anxiety. Once the plane landed, I had 75 minutes to make my connecting flight to Delhi; however, by the time I used the bathroom, walked across the terminal and re-entered security, I had only 52 minutes left. When the clerk swiped my passport, she regretfully told me I was too late and that due to my failure to show up one hour before my flight, the portal ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka May 3rd 2009

It’s been more than two weeks since the Bengali New Year on April 14th, making it not nearly as new or exciting as it would have been if I had managed to post something about it in a more timely manner. In the spirit of celebration, however, let’s just pretend. Put on something red and white (and throw in some yellow, if you’re more courageous), and imagine that you’re ringing in the new year with outdoor cultural programs, family visits, and lots of eating—all on a festival appropriate 100 degree day. We started our morning in an upper-middle class manner with our boss from Save the Children, Shahana Apa (because of her age and professional seniority to us she is always addressed publicly with “Apa,” which means older sister). After Shahana helped me re-tie my sari ... read more
Parendi and Shahana
Girls in fancy saris
Stilt man?

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka April 24th 2009

Blogger: jen We liked Sonargaon so much the first time we went that we decided to go again. It’s a nice change to get out of the hustle and bustle and over crowdedness of Dhaka for a little while. We felt like we needed to be somewhere, even just for a few hours, that had a feeling of space, nature, and serenity. So Sonargaon seemed like the place to go. This time we went in the dry season. We couldn’t believe how different the city looked and felt. The water levels of the ponds and streams were down (or some had even disappeared altogether), the trees seemed less green and buildings appeared a bit dustier and more worn down that just a few months before. The town had a kind of yellowed and sleepy feel to ... read more
old building/house
Sonargaon Mar7 009
jake chatting with a shop owner

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka February 6th 2009

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka February 6th 2009

So turns out when you start a blog, you actually have to write in it!!! We have definitely gotten a bit lazy since creating our blog and after coming back from a nice long visit for Christmas break with family & friends we are now making a concentrated effort to regularly upate/write in it. So, stay tuned for a few upcoming entries which will be our best (and belated) attempts to "fill you in" on what's been going on here with us!... read more

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