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Hey everyone. In 3 days(!!!) time I will be off on an adventure of a lifetime. Travelling to Bangladesh with 20 other volunteers, who I have only had the pleasure of meeting twice, is something that I never thought I would be doing anytime soon. We will be in Bangladesh for 10 weeks living and working in the community and will be carrying out projects such as flood management and disaster reduction. As I sit here writing this, listening to music, curled up ...
... and cooking lessons to try at home as well.
The 4 days were an absolute whirlwind which were only possible because of Dipy's hard negotiations and translating from English to Punjabi and back to English, Mama's 'bad cop' attitude to keep things on track (she is a woman you want on your side), Auntie keeping us well fed each day, and all of the Masterjis and their skillful hands working hard to crank out the outfits. Only in India. Only in 4 days.
Laleet (not sure about spelling on that) is one of the Instructors of the Radiology Department at the hospital in Chandighar. He has a wonderful teaching style and the students love him. He's hysterical, gets his information across without putting every one to sleep and spends time getting to know the students. I hope that I can have as much charisma as a teacher when I'm done with school. I very much enjoyed his lectures and hoped mine were not boring in comparison. But, I ...
... shop. After bringing me (you guessed it) tea, I got on his surprisingly good internet connection and was thrilled to find that I had an email waiting from Rashel, the Dhaka guy I had met in Mongla at the other side of the country before the Sunderbans trip. We made plans to connect later.
I still didn't have a room and it was getting to be about noon. I walked back to the Old Town, found Kalpana Boarding house. I walked up, smiled at the front desk manager, gave him ...
... by the party that is now in the opposition. The ruling party considered tearing down the bridge so people wouldn't be able to visit the grave.
We drive through the Dhaka University campus. It is huge, very huge. I have some cold coffee (Nescafe FRAPE) at the Civil Engineering Cafeteria. We also see the university hospital. They keep statistics in the main lobby showing the number of patients with particular diseases, including the patients brought dead (4). Sick people lie ...