Dhaka and back again
Trip Start Sep 05, 2006
90Trip End Ongoing
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1. Natural Disaster
3. Political instability
5. Grameen/ Prof Yunus
It is important to remember that, like many of the countries I have been through at this point, things are not black and white, and almost never as they seem to be at first. Our trip to Dhaka on the steamer a few days ago was again, no exception
I was in fact looking forward to getting away from Rayenda for a couple of days. I still have not yet figured out if any of the Bangladeshis ever sleep in Rayenda. At all hours of the night, and most hours of the day, there are council community gatherings, mosque calls to prayer and mosque gatherings, and they all explore the capabilities of megaphones to the fullest
The food at the Hansd On house has in fact been wonderful thanks to our cook Lovely. However it has been traditional for Hands on to provide oatmeal for those volunteers who in this case do not want to eat spicy chickpea every day for breakfast. Of course, oats and many other things like electricity are not available reliably in Rayenda and as a result it is left to whomever may be in Dhaka as we near critical lows to bring back the coveted western breakfast fare. I had been told that the diplomatic zone was the only place to find such a strange and foreign product as oats, so the "supermarkets" there is where I began. Apparently, Dhaka is not only currently in the throws of a power shortage, a potable water shortage and a rice shortage, but it is also at a critical stage in its supply of oats. In the fourth market I visited, I happened upon a supply of my sought after oats, and reporting back to base to ask how much to buy, I was told to buy as much as I could buy. They had tins of half kilo each of oats, so I figured 20 would do for a while. The ensuing scene was eye candy for Bangladehis. I left the shop victorious in my quest of massive amounts of oats, and in typical Bangladehsi style, I hoisted the box of 10 kilos of oats above my head ready for transport back to my hotel
Back to Rayenda now for me. Kristina has made the much needed decision to return to the USA to begin the rest of her life. Her decision to go and my decision to stay has nothing to do with the state of our relationship, rather it is a decision we have both had to make regarding our current state of mind in our respective lives.