Dhaka Travel Blog› entry 11 of 12 › view all entries
On this side of the world, Sunday is a normal working day. To accomodate our friends here, Sunday meeting is not until 7:30pm. Being such a beautiful day (as all others), Sara and I decide to spend some quality, restful time on the Buriganga River. After running some small errands, we arrive to the Sadarghat boat terminal via horse carriage. We are surprised at how quick we are able to negotiate our personal river tour for only 50 taka ($1 = 70 taka).
Off we go!
The panorama of the river life is facinating. In the middle of the river, which is approximately 500 meters wide, an unbelievable array of boats lay before us in which people are bathing, cooking, or just resting and observing, while hodes of people cross in small canoes, and ships ply up and down.
Along the river's edge people have come to wash their clothes, wash themselves, or even wash their vegetables.
This whole experiance only consumes 30 minutes of our day!! ....and you wonder why we have difficulty documenting our experiances when every time we turn around, we see something new..
The rest of the afternoon was spent meandering down the famous Hindu Street which contains an interesting row of ancient houses sheltering countless shankharis (Hindu artisans); eating chicken and rice with our hands (and slurping lassi) at the "all male" Al-Razzaque restaurant; riding a rickshaw in rush-hour; meeting up with Rick and John at the bach; visiting one of our friends at a children's hospital (big "wow" factor); having a visit with a dear friend who is sufferring from an undiagnosed mental illness (family too poor to get her to a doctor); and then off to our 7:30pm Sunday meeting.. We stay after for supper and visit, then home by 10:30...
all in a day's rest in the life of two foreigners, turned Bengali..