A day on the river
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Today we had a day a wonderful quiet day - it was badly needed. Getting away from the hectic hussle-bussle was so relaxing for us.
We went on a river boat tour that lasted about 6 hours. (on the Sitalakyha Rive). The vans picked us up in the morning - us being me, Ann and Kathy and a group of other teachers - some with their children. We drove about 15 km through and out of town to the village of Demra. The boat was very nice - clean and had nice seating around the deck with a clean bathroom below and also a place where the children played most of the time.
We stopped three times - the first time to go to see an 18th century old mansion/estate that is now being used as a school (higher education - but not sure what). To look at the building you would see a delapidated huge building with a grassy lawn that went to the river. To us it looked as if it should be condemed and infact the upper floors were.
The second stop was in a village that had a sari "factory". The "factory" consisted of a room about 16ft by 40 ft where there were areas for about 8 sets of 2 people to sit and hand weave the fabrics. After, they showed us the finished products and it was a free for all with everyone trying to decide what colour they liked best. A cotton/silk mix scarf ended up costing less than 7 dollars. It was amazing to see.
The third stop was because the children and one of the adults wanted to swim in the river. They had a great time jumping off the boat and into the water. As soon as we stopped the boat children from everywhere came running to see us. They would have liked to swim with the foreign kids but the tour leader told them to stay put on the river bank. Even a few of the women came - one old woman came with a river hyacynth flower she had picked. She eventually threw it onto the boat.
All along the way we saw people going about their daily lives. Washing themselves in the river, tending to a couple of goats - today was a religous holiday( Eid), so the childern were not in school. The fields of vegetables, grapes and other vegetables laid out in what looked like quilt pattersn all along the riverside. It was so lush and green.
Tomorrow we are going to go to Old Dahka and Sonargaon (about 23 km from Dahka) It was the countries first capital.