Wow... this place is different!!!
Dhaka Travel Blog› entry 5 of 13 › view all entries
Dhaka.. if you know anything about this city or this country you are probably asking yourself why I would come here? It is so incredibly different to any other place I've travelled to. The purpose of this trip was strictly business.. even though I managed to throw a little but of pleasure into it!!. The engineering firm that I work for in the States has a branch office over here in Dhaka which I was asked a few months ago to help oversee it and all the jobs that we do over here. Our environmental department was awarded two contracts to treat wastewater at a couple of textile factories in this city. We have local Bengali employees who do a lot of the day to day oversight, but it is so hard to run/manage a company from the States.
This morning I got up around 8:00am, showered, had breakfast and was met at the hotel ar 9am by one of our employees. We made our way to the office where I was able to meet the rest of the office staff. I sat down and had a long meeting with the Director of Operations in Bangladesh for our company. We then ran out and did some errands before coming back for lunch. Oh and by the way.. it is so incredibly hot here!!!! The humidity is something I'm not used to at all. But that's ok.. because sun screen and water (and of course hand sanitzer) have once again become my three best friends!! Another thing that I found interesting was that the power would randomly go out for about an hour each time.
Of course my trip is right in the middle of the rainy/monsoon season for the country. It just means that random (and strong) thunderstorms can come at any time. It started to pour this afternoon.. and when I say pour.. I mean pour!! Unfortnately there is no proper stormwater drainage system in this city.. so everything became flooded pretty qucikly. These flood waters mixed with the open sewer lines (yes.. I said open.. as in not underground) and as you can imagine.
About 4pm I started to get really tired so I went back to the hotel to wait for Rick, my boss, who was flying in that evening. He soon arrived and we went out to dinner at a French restaurant. Ok so it wasn't exactly French, but it did have a French name!! We got a mix of Indian, Thai and Indonesian food which was all very very good. Especially the naan bread... which I love. I could have eaten the whole thing by myself!! After dinner we had some nice ice cream before heading back to the hotel (and the air conditioner!!). I soon found myself crashing in my bed....