My sister and I in our shalwar kameezes
We arrived (finally! Crazy long flight.) in Dhaka, Bangladesh in the early afternoon.
Bangladesh, to give you some background, is a country consisting of 161 million people in an area just larger than England. Most of the land is less than 12km above sea level, so floods are common and there is a lot of marshland. It’s also home to the largest mangrove forest in the world <3 One of my favourite trees! Bangladesh gained independence in 1971 after being part of India and then East Pakistan for a while. 3/4 of their exports are garments, and 60% of the population is under 25 years old. Woah. Bangladeshis love cricket and soccer, the currency is Taka, and Mercedes are THE car to drive. :)
Our work contacts picked us up, and we experienced Dhaka traffic for the first time! haha It was light traffic apparently as it was a holiday. lol By 4pm, I am trying to wake my sister out of a severely jetlagged nap so that we can take our first trip out into Dhaka! We had a big dinner planned with our potential business partners and their families and were getting all dressed up (see pic above)! En route to dinner, our friend also wished to show us this huge shopping mall in the centre of town called Basundhara.
As you can see, even my camera was overwhelmed!
I wish we had not been so jetlagged and could have spent an entire day here. lol It was really overwhelming - the size, the number of people, the public reaction to our curly foreigner hair, the number of stores, the array of stores, the low prices…I did end up pulling myself together long enough to purchase a new ring and a silk clutch <3
Following the mall, we went to dinner! We were a group of about 10 people. The Bangladeshi sense of hunour is fantastic!! Such great people to hang out with :) We had a delicious buffet. The wife of the Chairman showed us around the foods explaining what each one was. I was so thankful for that! Delicious. The GM of the hotel also ate with us, AND we met the star cricket player in Bangladesh <3 I had no idea who he was until after seeing as I have watched all of 5 minutes of cricket in my life, but super cool! Talented guy :D
By dessert, my brother was literally passed out at the table. haha So, we headed back to the hotel to give in to the jetlag around 9:30.
Have you been to Dhaka? What was your experience like?