Blogs from Bangladesh, Asia - page 30


Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka September 24th 2006

Hello again from the Desh! After a (thankfully) uneventful 24 hour trip, I arrived in Dhaka yesterday morning and slipped right back into Bangladesh mode (facilitated by having to argue with the taxi racket about the fare from the airport). I'm now getting re-aquainted with the sights, smells, sounds and humidity of Dhaka and trying to remember my Bangla. Having learned my lesson the first time, I've left my cupboard door open to the breeze to hopefully prevent mold from growing on all my clothes! My new digs at Arif's place are a significant upgrade from the old AKFC pad. Marble floors, a big queen sized bed, tv and hot running water! And Peter, the cook, is as wonderful as rumours suggested. Arif has photos of his three year old daughter (who lives in Washington) all ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka September 21st 2006

Following an unfortunate incident involving suspect chicken, I spent the night filling snap lock bags with vomit and placing them nicely in the bathroom. After being up the whole night, the chairman and my maid came to greet me and I was able to find in my phrase book 'I am sick' 'I have been vomiting'. Much concern was shown, yet my 4 course breakfast was still presented, despite the 'take it away or I will throw up on you all!' protests. Lunch same again (these people never stop eating) and after dinner which is served at 9pm (which is especially early in Bangladesh) and having rice pushed in my face I finally cracked and threw up some more, but I HAVE NO BUCKET! And I'd used up all my snap lock bags (Ah the things ... read more
Child in street
Suchi arriving

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka September 8th 2006

After a lovely few days with Cam and Nic (top Aussie friends living in Dhaka for 1 year with Australian Youth Ambassadors) Cam and I headed to Shampur (aprox 45 min CNG/taxi ride south) on the outskirts of Old Dhaka to my organisation, Jonoshastha Seba Kendra (JSK). Cameron and I were greeted by the whole staff and then had lunch with the chairman, managing director (MD) and project director (PD). Cam had to leave for work so I said goodbye, (at that moment the 'What the hell am I doing?!' thought crossed my mind) and holding back tears I went to my home stay. I truly am living like a King! My room is at the top story of a house currently under construction, but my room has been finished especially. There is a great breeze ... read more
JSK staff

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka » Dhaka September 1st 2006

Well I have made it to Bangladesh safe and sound! After some initial confusion in Bangkok over the fact that I am not a MR as my transfer states (I have nothing to hide!) I arrived to Dhaka on Wednesday, which also happened to be a Hatel (Nation wide strike in response to some deaths in a mine). Bedeshi (or foreigners, my first Bengali word, are you proud?) are not supposed to travel on a Hatel because of the chance of violence (burning buses is apparently a good past time), but Cam and Nic braved it and met me at the airport under tight security (it would appear every one has guns) and we jumped in a blue taxi (don't take the black ones) and headed to their apartment in Dhaka. My first meal in Bangladesh, ... read more
Shawla Kameez
Outside window

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka July 10th 2006

Well... Its over. I finally checked my bags into the counter and I am sitting here waiting for my flight to depart. Its been an emotional whirlwind the past few weeks that I have spent in Asia. I have had the most amazing time, and I owe a great deal of thanks to the Iqbals. They have been amazing hosts, without whom this trip would not have been possible. Last night we watched the World Cup with most of the people in DOHS. Nabil was still under the weather so I went with Samai and Issam and their friends. They are really into football and go so excited about the game. There were a lot of people there and it was quite exciting. Random fact of the day: In Muslim countries, they are unwilling to install ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka June 23rd 2006

Today I am leaving for India, we depart for the airport in 1 hour. This is going to be a short post because I have some stuff to do still. Yesterday we went shopping a lot getting things for India - watch, alarm clocks, stuff like that. We looked for neck pouches for our valuables, but couldnt find anything. This morning Swapan went out and got us neck pouches made for us. It probably cost about 2 dollars and everything fits perfectly. Amazing! Anything can be made here and the people are quite ingenious. The ride back to Dhaka on the 21st was fine until we neared Dhaka City when it got dark. It was a scary end of the trip with cars flying around dark rickshaws and cars in your lane oncoming. Lanes here are ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar June 20th 2006

Today I took the most photos in one day of the trip. We went to many places, and at a pace conducive to photo taking, so it was a good day In the morning we did as we have done for the last few days and ate a breakfast of parathas, eggs, dal and Cha (tea) at the Sea Crown. While their dinners are awful, their breakfasts are decent. The plan for the day was for a trip to Moheshkhali, though none of us knew exactly what was there or how far away it was. It fact, it seems no Bangadeshis have any conception of time, as their estimates of time and distance have usually been in error by 3 or 4 times over. Zafar said that there were large fish-drying places, and that sounded interesting ... read more
Sign at Buddhist Temple
Nabil Buying cokes
Selection of Onions and roots

Asia » Bangladesh June 19th 2006

In the morning we awoke fairly early to get breakfast at the Sea Crown and head out to Inani beach, some distance away by car. If I ever doubted that Swapan is the best driver that I have ever driven with, those doubts were dispelled during the ride to Inani beach. A couple of times we came to what appeared to be impassable mud or broken road, only to have Swapan expertly maneuver the car through/over/around the obstacle. I swear he would be able to drive on water like a famous religious figure. As we arrived on Inani beach a cadre of kids ran up along side our car. They offered to carry our bags and protect us from the rocks while swimming. They set our belongings down next to the only outcropping of rock ... read more
Kid Pic 2
Kid Pic 3
Kid Pic 4

Asia » Bangladesh June 18th 2006

While we traveled to Cox’s Bazaar we traveled through 250 km of beautiful countryside. It didn’t seem that beautiful to Nabil and the Iqbals, but I found it to be a sensory overload. Between the big cities of Dhaka and Chittagong we passed through many small towns. Some of the most powerful images were fleeting, a frame in the movie of this trip. The look on a wizened face, the jutting rib of a cow, the enormity of a pile of jack-fruit. Everything is handmade here. Almost all the buildings are constructed of concrete, though not of the American pre-cast kind. Everything is cast on site, and almost all the labor is not mechanized. To keep the concrete from dripping when pouring floors, they use sheets of bamboo, and bamboo is also used to support ... read more
View from Hotel
Math lessons in the sand

Asia » Bangladesh » Dhaka June 16th 2006

***** Photo uploading having a problem, ill try to fix it this evening **** Hello All! I have safely arrived in Bangladesh from America and I have started wandering around the city with Nabil and Nabil's family. My trip to Bangladesh went very very smoothly. I had a nice seatmate for the trip to London and he and I talked for a while until I tried to eventually get to sleep. It turns out his kid is a member of an indie-rock group Annathallo that I have heard of. He is going to send me a CD when he gets home to America. He is a hospitality professor and we had a whole range of interesting discussions. My layover of 6 hours in London went fine and I dont think I will have any problems on ... read more
Tea Stand
Paying for Rickshaw Ride
Abject Poverty Sandwich

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