Introductions

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Apni kaemon achen?

“How are you?”

Ami bhalo achi!

“I’m good!”

I have been here almost one week. Several days full of orientations, jet lag, hartals and hand sanitizer.

Thus far- we:

  • Had sandwiches and story time with the Vice Chancellor of the University. A Harvard graduate many times over.
  • Almost all managed to find our way to the US Embassy by rickshaw. The few stragglers got there eventually.
  • Had our first Bangla class. Everyone successfully pretended to hear the difference between “k”, “kh”, “g”, and “gh”.
  • Bonded with Goolap, our wonderful cook.
  • Discovered Mehdi Mart, the place where they have everything.
  • Are utterly exhausted.

Learning a new language is a frustrating task, but also extremely rewarding. After today, I can write six vowels like a toddler and feel like a champion.

 Below are some pictures from our brief explorations in Bashundhara. Enjoy

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We had the honor of meeting Ambassador Mozena at the US Embassy. Bangladesh’s favorite farm-loving diplomat.

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Scenes from the neighborhood.

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We consider the dark opaque water here our own Wonka chocolate river. Only less delicious.

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Staring off the balcony of the Independent University of Bangladesh.

The view.

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Baby goats rule the streets.

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….The rickshaws actually rule the streets, but are less adorable than the goats.

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Intrigued by the cafeteria Chicken Toast option.

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Campus for the next two months.

More Bangla in the morning. Looking forward to it.

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