Bangladesh

Almost Home

Vegetable Stall in a MarketI am writing this on my second last night in Dhaka. It is the weekend here now, and so tomorrow I will work in the hotel, eat an early dinner and head to bed so that I can get up at 2am to go to the airport and catch my flight to the UK at 5:30am. I am definitely looking forward to returning home, and also to my short layover in the UK for the weekend. Dhaka is always interesting, but after a while one gets sick of the traffic, noise, bad air quality, heat and humidity, not to mention the often frustrating working conditions.

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2009-03-19 10:43

Escaping the City For a Day

Country sideToday I, another consultant on the project and some local staff went on a field trip outside the city. It’s always nice to get out of Dhaka, and this trip proved to be quite interesting. I have posted a whole bunch of photos and a couple videos. A lot were shot out the car window though, so aren’t of the highest quality. We went to visit the area where a demonstration project is being conducted under our project. It is about an hour outside of Dhaka, but you never really seem to actually leave civilization to get there.

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2009-03-16 11:03

Goodbye to the Heat

Street VendorsToday is my last day in Dhaka! I will be at the airport in less than 12 hours, and then back in Ottawa about 27 hours later. I am looking forward to being home – and I am quite happy the snow is all gone! Not so happy about the Sens losing in 4 straight, but what can you do. I think we all expected that. It has been exceedingly hot here lately, even the locals are saying there is a heat wave...highs of 35-40C. It will be good not to need perpetual air conditioning. Now to tell you what I have been doing for the last few busy days…

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2008-04-23 09:38

Bengali New Year

IMG_4002Happy New Year (Shubha Nababarsha)! Today (April 14) is Bengali New Year (Poila Boishakh), and it marks the start of the year 1415 in Bengali culture. The festivities take place throughout the country, and also in parts of India. Two of my coworkers took me out to see some of the festivities that take place. Picture Canada Day in Ottawa, but with soooo many more people.

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2008-04-14 12:11

Bangladesh in the News

You may or may not have seen news headlines lately, pertaining to riots and protests in Bangladesh, and in Dhaka specifically. There have been a few disturbances lately, although I’m not sure how often such things occur. And I have only found out about them through the media, both national and international.

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2008-04-13 12:01

Tour of Dhaka City

Views of street below_2Today I had a tour of the city of Dhaka. It was arranged and given by members of the project team, which was very generous of them! We started at the hotel at 9am, where a driver and two others (Touhed and Nipa) picked me up. First stop was the parliament buildings (Sangshad Bhaban), which were built in the early 1940’s and designed by an American architect. Very interesting design, as you will see by the photos! There are also residences for parliamentary staff nearby. We also went to a memorial for one of Bangladesh’s Prime Ministers.

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Fri, 2008-04-11 11:45

Impressions of Dhaka

I arrived in Dhaka on Monday, about 4 hours later than anticipated due to snow in London. I didn’t know it snowed in London in April very often! But apparently it can happen. And when it does, it seems to mess up Heathrow’s flight schedules, but then what doesn’t!?

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2008-04-09 11:22

Counting Down to Dhaka

I am counting down to my departure for Bangladesh. I leave Saturday afternoon from Ottawa, and later that night from Toronto. It's going to be a long journey - 20 hours on 2 flights with a stopover at Heathrow (please cross your fingers that the luggage system will be working!). I will arrive in Dhaka at 6am on Monday morning, Dhaka Time. Dhaka is about 11 hours ahead of us, so I am on two overnight flights to get there, in the space of one day. It's kind of crazy. To get back, I will travel for 20 hours, but get back to Ottawa 12 hours or so later.

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2008-04-02 21:36

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