Michael P

old dhaka wandering
November 15, 2008, 11:14 am
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My friend Lauren that i met at church back in September, had never been to Old Dhaka.  Yesterday we made the trek down there.  Almost all of my wanderings around Dhaka have been on my own, so it was nice to have a companion for once.  It was also interesting to see how a western woman gets treated by the locals.  I was astounded at the amount of whistling, cat calling, and people yelling “sexy” as she walked by.  I thought the people staring at me was annoying, but i can’t imagine what it must be like to get that treatment everyday.
We started off on Bangsal Road.  This is the bicycle road that i went to a couple of week ago.  Unfortunately most of the bike shops and rickshaw artists were closed.  Luckily, just as we were walking away a kid chased us down and showed us some rickshaw art he had.  He knew what we were looking for.  We ended up following him back to his families shop and i purchased a ridiculous bollywood movie scene on a vinyl sheet.  usually this would be put on a rickshaw, but it will sit on my wall for years to come.  It was a little bit more expensive than i was hoping (about $7.50), but overall i’m happy with it.
rickshaw art
After rickshaw art we walked to Banga Bazar.  It’s a big market that many foreigners come to to buy cheap clothes.  It’s where i found those emirates flight attendants a couple of weeks ago.  All the stuff was really ugly so we didn’t buy anything.
On the way to lunch we found some really disturbing posters.  I don’t understand why you would want this.
After lunch we went back to the dock i went to the first time i came to old Dhaka.  I ran into the tour guide that ripped me offer a while back and declined his services this time.  I really wasn’t happy to see the guy and i think he could tell that he’s not my favorite person in the world.
After much wandering we found the Armenian church.  It was built in 1781.  Its off on a really quiet little street in Old Dhaka.  The gate was locked, but a driver waiting outside rang the bell for us and a guy came out to let us in.  It was pretty cool to be in a church in the middle of dhaka.  when you’re in the chapel you don’t feel like you’re in Bangladesh anymore.  There are lots graves, i’m not sure of who though.  The church isn’t used anymore.  There is a caretaker named Father Martin but he was in Kolkota, so we didn’t get to meet him.


on another note, there is a large group of doctors coming today to setup a temporary clinic in the north west corner of the country.  I inquired about a week ago if i could go along and kind of forgot about the whole thing.  Today Pastor Ayub informed me that we were leaving tomorrow (today) at 3pm for the trip.  I’ll be gone for a week.



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