Michael P

culture frustrations
November 10, 2008, 9:37 pm
Filed under: culture | Tags: ,

for some reason i’ve been getting really, really frustrated with things in Bangladesh lately.  usually it’s the traffic, honking, and other things that makes me really angry.  Most Bangladeshis don’t speak english, but a lot know what how are you means.  often times people will test their english skills as i walk down the street and say how are you to me.  today i was in no mood for this.  A guy yelled “howareyou” at the top of his lungs as i walked past him and i had a hard time not yelling at him. After spending less than an hour trying to find a tour operator for a trip to southern bangladesh, i came back to the hotel room i’m staying in for the time being and slept for about 3 hours.  the only way to cure my culture shock/frustration seems to me removing myself from the culture and taking a break from interacting with people.

On another note, i got some laundry done at the hotel and they returned it in plastic wrap.  the shirts were pressed, folded, and pinned to cardboard then placed in plastic packaging.  even my boxers were in plastic wrapping.  my supervisor and i thought this was entertaining.  His undershirt and my 4 dollar shirt will never be treated so well.



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