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Shuvo nobo bosho!

Posted by: | 20 april 2012 | 2 Comments |

Happy new year! For it is 1419 now. Best wishes to you all!
I celebrated this event in Domar, one of the most northern towns of Bangladesh. Travelled by local train from Parbatipur. Who needs air-conditioning? No glass in the windows means enough wind coming in. Quite a nice ride actually and many nice views outside.


The family was very friendly. One of the kids turned 1 years old and I was given the difficult task to divide one cake in 60 pieces. My thoughts: either you have too many quests or too little cake ;) . It was a fine cake though.
And I experienced my first little storm with hail and heavy rainfall :) It was all over in 1 hour! Slept like an angel afterwards. Next day we walked to the town. I had my first ice cream and I found instant cappuccino. What a blessing ;) I also watched a little parade and we went to the fair.


Many people had gathered here to see dancing, eat, drink and chat with one another. Although quite some people were watching the event, somehow a plastic chair appeared out of nowhere  and was put right in front of the happening. The mass opened up for a few seconds and there I sat, best place of all.

It was a nice trip, but I´m also happy to be back home in Parbatipur. Some quit and rest at last. The first thing to do when I come home is inspecting my house on uninvited quests like: spiders, cockroaches, libellee, mice and little frogs. Followed by a hunt for mosquito’s (a  newspaper still works fine ;) Home almost really feels like home now. And I got my first decoration: a map of Bangladesh.

My neighbours daughters and some kids from the neighbourhood made me a nice sign which they hang outside my house. Very sweet!  It’s also nice that when I walk home these kids shout: “YANAKE” to me, instead of ‘Bideshi! Bideshi!’ (foreigner). Oh and off course they always ask: “How are u?” To which I reply: Bhalo!

After 1,5 month I received my first post card and a package send from the Netherlands. So sweet! :D It took some money, time, patience, calling to delivery service and some airplanes, busses and vans but I got them eventually! Sometimes I think about sending postcards but a) I haven’t found a single one yet (let alone stamps) b) I haven’t seen a brievenbus and c) I think it’s faster if I bring them along and hand them over in August ;). Thank god for email, msn messenger and skype!

Two more weeks to go and then I’ll visit another new town: Cox Bazar. Which is close to the sea…well isn’t that promising in summertime? :)

Mijn locatie .

under: werken in het buitenland


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  2. By: Mirjam on 2 mei 2012 at 18:13      

    He Janneke, wat een leuke blog houd jij bij! Ik kijk regelmatig even en vind het leuk om te zien hoe jij je daar handhaaft. Foto’s zijn ook super!
    Succes weer!
    Groeten, Mirjam – VSO