Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bangladesh: A Very Long Day


August 8 was a very looong day. It was the day when we traveled from Dhaka, the capital city, to Chittagong, the port city, and on to Cox's Bazar where we stay for a few days to give ourselves a little break from the summer heat in the city.

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Our day started early 6 AM wake-up call to catch the 8 AM train. The famous moonsoon rains that come during these months only showed up the night before. It wasn't too hard or too long, so I was surprised to see the streets flooded, which delayed us a bit, because the baby taxi (tuktuk) or what they call CNG in Dhaka couldn't cross the high level of water on the street.

The train trip to Chittagong took all of 6 long hours, which I welcomed because 1)this would be my first train trip 2) want to take the chance to see the rural landscape 3)take lots of photos drive by.

It was raining when we left the main station, which thankfully happened to be only 15 minutes from my in-law's place. The 15 minutes ride from the house to the station was enough time to get us soaked from a sudden downpour. I was dripping wet when I got to the station and let the cabin's airconditioning dry me. Thank heavens I didn't get sick.

Interesting is the passing scenery I witnessed as the train journeyed through small towns and green fields, from children fishing to men planting rice. Again, may I reiterate that it was 6 hours long, imagine the number of photos I took. That is why this post is going to be in installments.

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Water was the main theme of the passing landscape. A lot of it. Then I was told that most of Bangladesh lies mostly near the sea level, per wiki the number is less than 12 m above sea level, which is why we often hear year after year there is flooding in Bangladesh. Yearly moonsoon and low-lying area would cause that.

OUR WORLD TUESDAY


17 comments:

  1. Amazing photos -- thanks for sharing your journey! All the water is a little scary -- glad you made it!

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  2. looks like home - Philippines, the greenery and water.

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  3. The drive-by photos must have thrilled you, Maria. I can just imagine how much you enjoyed SIX hours being "short of eyes." Lucky for us.

    I think about how much of the Netherlands is BELOW sea level and how the Dutch have had to fight against flooding since forever! Needless to say, the windmills and dikes are of utmost importance.

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  4. What a wonderful trip and your photos are terrific as always!! Thanks for taking us along through your photos -- next best thing to being there. I do love seeing the children and women involved in their daily activities!! Hope you have a great week!

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  5. Amazing adventure and beautiful photos!

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  6. Great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. Ah, those heavy rains, flooding the city streets, very reminiscent of those days in PI.

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  8. What adventure ! Thank you very much for this journey. Please have a good Tuesday.

    robert geiß

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  9. Great shots! Must have been a marvellous trip. I look forward to seeing more.

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  10. Fascinating photography for OWT ~ Great shots!

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  11. Thank you for taking us to this part of the world. What an adventure.

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  12. It looks like Philippines ;-) pretty interesting to see a kayak in the middle of rice fields hehehe

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  13. Floods are scary. I hope everyone stays safe.

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  14. Beautiful landscape and people captures. The monsoon and flooding is just like the situation in the Philippines. :)

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  15. Beautiful country scenes! As far as I know, monsoons are a major problem in Bangladesh.

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  16. This looks like an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing.

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