Blogs from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Asia - page 9


Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka June 12th 2008

I finally left Dhaka. I suppose it was about time since there is an entire country and continent that is left to see outside this metropolis. I planned to spend two nights in Matlab, though I ended up shortening it to one night for various reasons. The trip started early at 7:00AM when a car came to my apartment to pick me up. From that I switched to a van, which jostled and honked its way out of Dhaka’s morning commute. After about an hour and a half, we stopped in this little town. A few boys around nine years old rushed to the van to carry the passengers’ belongings but I insisted on carrying my own. This country has been a confusing twist of needing to be very independent and yet let others do menial ... read more
B Block center
B Block

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka June 10th 2008

Hi all, I swapped onto this flight. Its not a very popular one and after doing it I cant really see why- yes it is busy and hard as most travelling dont speak English but all the passengers are lovely x I was unsure as what there was to see/do in Dhaka as most crew tell you that its the best places to buy copied dvds but I was looking for a bit more than that!!!! I had heard of an orphanage you could visit and had come armed with crayons, pencils and drawing books hoping that some of the crew would join me. I enquired at the reception, who organised me a taxi and also got 3 other crew to join me!!!!! The journey was amazing to see- the roads were muddy dirt tracks with ... read more
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Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka June 8th 2008

Friday I found myself going past car-packed white mosques to a centuries-old quiet church. Located in the heart of Old Dhaka, the Armenian church is a remnant from a forgotten past when the Armenians (bizarrely enough) become powerful landowners in Bangladesh. Being the oldest of Christian societies, the Armenians brought their religion with them over the Asian continent and built this church centuries ago. It stands as one of the few churches left in Dhaka among thousands of mosques. It’s not easy to find if you come to Dhaka. Old Dhaka is low-lying along the windy and wide Buriganga River. What one’s initial visual (and visceral) image of Dhaka is Old Dhaka. It’s third world, overpopulated city life at its purest. The streets are narrow, winding, unmarked, and unpaved. There is nothing but people, animals, ... read more
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Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka June 6th 2008

Mollie's birthday, yet another Scavenger Hunt. Anyone would think we would be sick of these by now, but it's such a fun way to interact with the locals. They love seeing us do stuff that to them is just their everyday lives, but to us is crazy. The winners of this hunt was determined by everyone voting on the best picture for each task. It was our first loss. We are now 2 for 3. ... read more
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Curious onlookers

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka June 5th 2008

The world changes when you’ve got a man around. Our third flatmate, Luke, began work at ICDDR,B in the clinical division working on a cholera surveillance project. So yesterday I began to commute with someone else, which was a welcome relief after a disastrous trip home on Tuesday. I’ll drop my feminism a bit and admit that I never feel vulnerable when I am with a man here. Even when we have an adventure like figuring out the ridiculous bus system. But on Tuesday, I picked up a rickshaw after work whose driver told me he could take me to Gulshan. Great, I thought, and hopped on. He took me through alleys and small streets, which in heavy traffic is the way rickshaws avoid the congested main roads. These alleys and small streets are still ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka June 3rd 2008

Yesterday was fairly uneventful, which can be good and bad. Uneventful leads to not being overexerted and homesick but it can also lead to overthinking and homesick. Not that I feel homesick necessarily. In the morning I did the first level of a work-out video I bought in the States and it was actually really great and kicked my butt a bit. The first work-out video I’ve taken a liking to, I think. Then a car from ICDDRB, my work, came to pick me up. ICDDR,B stands for the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, but it’s locally known as the Cholera Hospital. It was started a view decades ago as a cholera hospital, which treated the large amount of cholera patients Bangladesh saw (and continues to see) throughout the land. They instituted a ... read more
ICDDR,B tent
ICDDR,B building

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka June 1st 2008

I am so bored. I can’t believe my internet just crapped out on me. I’m tempted to pull out my book and just read or watch old episodes of The Office I have on my computer but then it won’t look like I’m working. I don’t think anyone cares or is really paying attention but it’s my first day—I should look like I’m working even if I have nothing to do. The man I am working with, Kuntal, has his own work to do so I was put here indefinitely, at Dr. Karim’s desk next to the office printer. It’s been a ridiculously uneventful day. I woke up around 6:30, checked my email, worked out for a bit, showered, had breakfast, then went to work. Kuntal drove me today (and when I say Kuntal, I ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka June 1st 2008

I’m in such a good mood. Work kind of sucked, as observed by my ramblings above, as well as freaking myself out about the H5N1 virus having its first human victim in Bangladesh. This place is fantastic and like nowhere else in the whole world, I think. I’ve been very nervous to do much on my own because the upper class is driven absolutely everywhere. I was somehow afraid I’d step on the street and be swept up by a killer. Or at least have my bag stolen and harassed. But anyway, so my driver took me to have my photo taken (for my work ID card) at a studio but I had to wait an hour and a half for it to be developed so I told him to bring me home. After I ... read more
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Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka May 30th 2008

Today I did not sleep late like yesterday. Instead I was awake at 5:00AM, already beginning to feel heat radiating from the rising sun. I have begun sleeping in shorts and a t-shirt though it is a bit of a pain to wear less clothing because then I need to wear more insect repellent. Anyway, I woke early and at 6:00AM worked out for a bit, doing sit-ups, push-ups, lunges, and jumping jacks while listening to my iPod. It felt nice to work-out but it was already so hot by 6:00 that I did want to tire myself too much. No one seemed to rise for awhile besides the help who gave me water so I stayed in my room, read a book, and had a granola bar and apple. For breakfast, they made me a ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka May 29th 2008

Today was my first full day in Dhaka, but I don’t know if you can call it that since I slept until 2:30PM, which in my defense is 4:30AM in New York. I also had not had a full night’s sleep since Sunday. I was very tired in Dubai and I know I usually do not cope so well with being very tired, yet I could not sleep because I could not get too comfortable in the vinyl lounge chairs they provided, clutching my heavy backpack, ignoring stares by people, and especially under the Persian sun. So my layover in Dubai was not particularly pleasant though I felt quite safe and it was plenty air-conditioned. My flight to Dhaka was nothing short of awesome. Coincidently (or not so?) I was seated next to the only ... read more

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