Hot and Hazy in Dhaka

Hello Friends! I arrived to a hot and humid Dhaka late last night (well, very early this morning). I am here again for work, on the same environmental capacity building project that I have been working on each time I am here. I can’t say I was excited to come, although it is nice to be far away from winter. There is never a lot of time while I am here to see and do things outside of work. But we will have to wait and see what this trip has in store.

My journey to get here was fairly uneventful. I took Air Canada to London and then switched to British Airways. You see, after my last trip I had enough points to become a “silver tier” BA club member. Which means I get to use their lounges! However, BA will no longer be flying to Dhaka after the end of March. My tier membership only lasts for a year, so I probably won’t be able to use my privileges much, but I am certainly trying to take advantage of them on this trip! Unfortunately, there was no BA lounge in Montreal (and I’m not even sure they would have let me in since I was flying AC from there). So that meant that London would be it. I thought I would have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the lounge, but by the time I got through the horrendous mess that was security at T5 (long long long lines and pushy people – what fun), I only had 30 min until my gate closed, and I didn’t yet know where my gate was.

But I had to at least see the lounge! I found my gate and the lounge was quite close, so I signed in (boarding pass and club card required). Inside it was like a quiet oasis away from the hubbub of the rest of the airport. There were comfortable chairs and tables, a free small continental breakfast buffet, free coffee and espresso drinks, free wifi (I had enough time to send a note to Dave on my Ipod Touch), and really nice bathrooms. I freshened up and then grabbed a plate of fruit and croissants and a cappuccino and scarfed it down all the while writing the email to Dave. It’s a good thing I did stop in because the meal on the plane took a while to be served and even with the snack I was starving by the time it arrived. When I arrived at the gate there was no one even in line to board because everyone was already on the plane! I was pretty impressed with the BA lounge. I’ve been in the one in Dhaka and it isn’t quite as nice, but there are free snacks and drinks. I am looking forward to my trip home when I will have more time to spend in the T5 lounge.

This time in Dhaka, although working on the same things as before, my actual tasks will be a bit different, so I am looking forward to that. I hope it won’t be as frustrating as the data collection exercises I usually have to undertake.

The exciting part of this trip is that I am stopping in the UK on my way home to visit with my friends Robin and Katie, both of whom live in Bristol!! I am really looking forward to that and hopefully spending a bit of time in a good old British pub!

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Posted in travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2009-03-07 07:26

free stuff is awesome

Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2009-03-09 11:18.

Especially when it's FREE WIFI in an airport. I mean, the food, coffee, the nice atmosphere is all well and good ... but free WIFI!! I believe I should have plenty of time to enjoy it on my way home, since I am not actually switching flights, but checking in 3 hrs early after the weekend in Bristol. Things are going well ... work is productive. Of course I'd rather be home, but then I'd miss not travelling ... bit of a catch 22! Can't say I miss the freezing rain, although it really is quite hot here today :P

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free stuff!

Submitted by kevin@haggaret.com on Mon, 2009-03-09 10:08.

Gotta love free stuff eh Meg? Definitely take advantage of that lounge on your way back - it's what I would want you to do. ;)

Hope you're having an ok time over there. It's snowing / freezing rain here today, so just keep that in mind if you start to think you'd rather be home. Real spring can't come soon enough...

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