হাসপাতাল (Haasapaataata) Hospital
Probably one of the main things to expect when travelling is that you will get sick. At times it is inevitable. To begin with with jet lag you are already susceptible to illness add different food and new experiences and it is a recipe for getting sick. Just be sure you know the closest hospital. In Bangladesh, the team felt that this new hospital shows how the country is growing. With new medical facilities one can see the demand for medical care and the need for better infrastructure with growing GDP.
So do you know how the slogan for our blog is “Finding a new home in Bangladesh,” well late last night we were on a mission to find a hospital. Unfortunately, Hill and myself ate something that did not agree with us and ended up getting really sick. Hill, unfortunately, was much worse off then I was and we had to take him to the hospital to make sure he was okay.
Luckily for us there is a brad new hospital right next door to our hotel. The staff there seem very friendly and all the doctors spoke English and were very concerned about Hill’s general welfare. However, they want to keep Hill for a few more days until they can ensure that he is better. This means that he will end up missing his flight tomorrow morning and will be flying back to Ithaca with Shamir later.
The team today was amazing with this abrupt change to our plans and having two sick team members on their hands. Shamir stayed overnight at the hospital with Hill and was there throughout the day to speak to nurses and the doctors. Chandra and Calvin left the hotel early in the morning to check on Hill and cheer him up and Joy was busy contacting the school and making new arrangements. Calvin, Joy, and Shamir also checked on me at the hotel throughout the day to make sure I was doing alright as well. I am very lucky to be on such a supportive and caring team.
Needless to say our trip has been extremely eventful trip and one we will have lots of stories from!!!
নিচু (Nicu) Humble
Today we found out that our team member Shamir Shebab is being awarded the Queen’s Young Leader Award for his work in establishing the Bangladesh Youth Environment Initiative. There is no one more deserving of this award than Shamir. He is very dedicated to the environment of Bangladesh and is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. One of the most surprising things about Shamir is how humble he is. He has accomplished amazing things and yet never brags or shows off about all his work. Most of the students we have encountered here in Bangladesh are like that. They work tirelessly for their causes and yet never once feel like they should be honored for their work. They help because they want to help. I find that truly incredible!!!! Congrats to Shamir and his organization for all the hard work they have accomplished.
To read more about the award check out this news article: http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2015/01/13/young-bangladeshi-selected-for-queens-award-for-environmental-efforts
আতিথেয়তা (Aatheeyataa) Hospitality
Wherever we are in Bangladesh we are always shocked at how friendly everyone is. Each person we meets takes the time to talk with us and provide us with food and drinks. Everything tends to be so rushed at home in the United States, it is nice to sit and chat with people without feeling the pressure to constantly be moving onto the next activity. Hopefully we will be able to take his sense of peace and calm as we return to Ithaca.
No worries we are all safe back in Dhaka from a short trip to Mymensingh. Unfortunately, we didn’t have regular access to the internet while there so we are currently getting caught up with the blog. More posts to follow throughout the day.
রঙ (Rana) Color
I love travelling because in each new place all your senses are assaulted by the different foods, smells, sights, sounds, and textures. However, I think my favorite is the color.
In Bangladesh color is everywhere. Buses with brightly painted sides, rickshaws with gold awnings and painted seats, a swirl of fabrics as motorcycles race by, shifting colors of balloons and flowers as street sellers move among the stalled traffic. No one is afraid of color unlike the stark outfits and coats one finds in America and Europe, in Africa and here in Bangladesh the colors pop, people stand out as they walk down crowded streets; and everything merges to become a rainbow. A rainbow of people, places, tastes, smells, and of course the ever present vibrant color that can only come with exploring new places.