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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The Sundarbans 

Well just arrived back from a wonderful holiday in the Sundarbans, the largest littoral mangrove in the world and home of the royal bengal tiger. Of course we didn't see any of these but any tiger that would be stupid enough to be seen by 20 people crashing through the forest would probably be too stupid for me to want to see anyway.

This was a trip organised by Natasha as her family was coming to visit which a whole bunch of other people tagged along on. So there were a few volunteers from CRP and a group of youth ambassadors from Dhaka.

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the urban life that is Dhaka and surrounds and forget that this is not the real Bangladesh. Putting down the river on a boat toward the bay of bengal, watching the small settlements get further apart and smaller and once the engine was cut off at night the silence was almost deafening. It was so refreshing to be out in the beauty of nature which is comparable to anything I have seen elsewhere in the world. So much water, so much forest, beautiful bird life and scenery and great company made this one of the most relaxing and enjoyable experiences I have had in Bangladesh.

Now it's back to the real world where I still have a lot of preparation to do with respect to the placement and associated data collection which starts on Saturday. Wish me luck.

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Back in Bangers 

Well I'm back after a wonderful holiday in Australia which almost managed to turn on a bit of summer for me, must admit on the way to Canberra on the plane when they said the ground temp was 16 degrees I almost asked them to turn the plane around and head nack to warmer places.

As is often the case not everything went as planned and I didn't get to spend as much time with people as I would have but it's only six months til I'm back for a while, like a few years I think and have much less excuse for not spending enough time with people.

I'm missing good beer already, VB out of a can is not quite the same and there have been a few departures and arrivals in my department the saddest being Nila who has moved on to the greener pastures of Save the Children USA (still in Bangladesh) and Signian, who is an OT from the states here on a fellowship.

Other than that I'm busy getting my head around the work again and watching the odd DVD on the new laptop... will have some interesting things to write soon as my data collection/placement starts at the end of the month and I am going for a trip to the Sundarbans, the big mangrove on the south coast, for a quick holiday, must remember to do some work some time....

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