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So after I got back to the room, after getting my additional cash from the ATM, I ate my remaining cheese and uploaded my photos, looked at my gmails and packed a little. Once Suzanne came back, I finished what packing I could do and started working on this blog. Suzanne managed to get half of her diary entry done on the bus in traffic. Now she is trying to sleep so it is time for me to wrap up.
... breathe when the water level rose and flooded the forest during the two daily high tides. On the way back we saw miles of extremely poor villages on government land along one side of the river. The kids would run alongside our boat, waving and yelling. We also witnessed a village of men fighting with long sticks before one man in the village jumped into the water and swam away. Back on land, Kris insisted on us coming with them to their last stop of the day, ...
... with the size of the back-hander required to elicit four visas... Regardless, the process was surprisingly painless; we met up with our guide, Mahadi, immediately after leaving the gate, and a very very short ride in the fully air-conned team Mann-MacLeod Tour bus (I kid you not) brought us to the very luxurious Regency Hotel offering extended family, swimming pool, bar and laundry service - who could ask for ...
... rating (1-10) for Bangladesh Safety factor: 6 Almost all bus services in Bangladesh are provided by private companies. For this reason (I have been told ánd experienced several times) some drivers do not hold any driver's license. Unfortunately the railways are not so developed as in India, so many times I was forced to travel by bus. I have experienced my scariest and most ****** up ride in my life while traveling overnight from Mongla to Chittagong. ...
... take some pictures. And finally went to one of the few Mexican restaurants in the country, El Toro. The decor was pretty spot-on (our table even had a tiny cactus) but the food was definitely with a bengali twist and did not satisfy my beans and cheese and sour cream cravings. The mocktails were also entertaining as was the sign forbidding Bengali nationals from bringing in their own alcohol to add to them. The fried ice-cream for dessert was very delicious, ...