Cha, cha, cha
Dhaka Travel Blog› entry 15 of 32 › view all entries
January 14th, 2008 – by: nicoleah
We then were off to the National Museum which houses everything from plants to statues to famous paintings to thrones.
We took the car to Sanjida's and then a rickwshaw to the post office.
After this, we went back to Sanjida's where I took a nap. When I awoke, her mother had made a meal for me but sadly I was not hungry and could barely eat anything, which I think is considered an insult (though definitely unintended).
The next morning the driver arrived at 9:30 while I was still finishing my breakfast. So I hopped in the car and tried to ignore the constant flow of people banging on my window begging for money or trying to sell me everything from cookies to wall-size maps.
At Sanjida's we put my bags in her spare room before taking off looking for her bank. I gave her some wild rice from Minnesota and tried to explain why it was black to them. Her mother began crying and Sanjida told me her mother was saying that her father would have loved me and to try the rice. On the way to the bank, we stopped at her aunt's for more cha (tea) and plenty of food. My cough was very bad at this point and her aunt gave me some Nyquil and Dayquil she had gotten from her son who lives in Texas now. After this we walked to the LIberation War Museum where one of Sanjida's friends gave me a tour. In Bangladesh's war for independence from Pakistan countless atrocities were committed and people were slaughtered in the millions. I knew nothing of this, but it was very sad and the photos remind me of those from the Holocaust.
Next we went back to my favorite immigration and passport office where we were told I could not get my permit until 5pm. Amazingly, some yelling and insults from Sanjida promptly produced the permit and we were able to leave that awful place never to return. Sanjida then took me to a clothing technology fair for an hour or so where we had cha with one of the presenters who knew Sanjida's father. Finally we stopped by a department store to use her sister's discount to purchase a salwar kameez for me to wear in rural Bangladesh and India. Sanjida also bought some farewell gifts for me, despite paying for basically everything during my entire stay in Dhaka.
I then took my last ride through the polluted traffic of Bangladesh to the train station where Sanjida helped find my train. I luckily was sharing my cabin with a family who owned a hotel in Dinajpur, my next destination. They helped me get situated and I slept surprisingly well (the Nyquil may have helped) during the overnight train ride until he woke me at 4:30am at our destination.
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