Am I a Drama Queen?
Trip Start Oct 13, 2005
39Trip End Jul 28, 2006
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The first day in B'desh I went shopping in Dhaka with a girl named Reba who is a MCCer (she arrived a couple of months ago and will be here for 2 years). We went to a market and boy was that cool. First getting to the market was cool. We took a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), which is a mix between a taxi and a scooter. All CNGs are green and they are everywhere, hundreds are on the street along with Rickshaws, cars, trucks and bikes! Swerve and beep... swerve and beep... swerve and beep. Shall I continue or do you get it? Driving is like a rollercoaster ride at Valleyfair, one day I will video tape a ride so you can understand how crazy and awesome it is! So in B'desh they drive on the other side of the road which is a little weird but fine. However sometimes our CNG driver would drive on the wrong side of the road on purpose and there would be oncoming traffic! AHHHHH!!!!! We played chicken with so many vehicles. I can't believe we didn't die! It was hilarious!
The market was another good adventure. It's like the Labyrinth without David Bowie. Shops were small and colorful and people were everywhere. Seriously it was a sea of people and you just sort of went with the current. The shops were either material or jewelry shops. We went shopping because I need to wear Bangladeshi clothing called Shalwar Kameez. I found some awesome material, greens, oranges, and pinks, with the greatest patterns ever! Today I am going to find a tailor so he can turn the material into a Shalwar Kameez.
Now for where I live. You know how I said I thought I was living with Monks well I am not, bummer. Where am I living you ask? On a Korean farm of course! Isn't that as obscure as the Monk thing?!! A Christian Korean couple came to B'desh and set up a farm, the farm has cows, ducks, rice fields and fish ponds. There are 4 small houses and I live in one of them with the 2 MCC Country Reps, Jerry and Ethel Shank. The farm is about 4 hours North of Dhaka and it is by a small village called Muktagacha. So I will be living here till the end of Nov. when my language training is finished. Then I will move to Dhaka, continue learning Bangla and start my volunteer job.
I now know my host family, or at least my host father, Andrew. He is also my Bangla teacher! I have had 2 lessons already and boy is Bangla different. But Andrew is a good teacher and I hope to understand things and catch on fast. Andrew's wife's name is Rose and he has 2 daughter. And guess what one of his daughters names is? REA!! Isn't that bizzare! I have a sister named Rea, now I will have 2 sisters named Rea! CRAZY!!! Supposedly Rea is a very common name out here. Who knew?!!!!
So to sum it all up I love it here! Everything I have seen is so different yet so beautiful! I wish I had 2 brains to store all that I have seen!
It is really hot right now, but I can handle it, I think!
Well that is all for now! I can't believe I am going to be here for a year! What have I gotten myself into?! Sweeetttt!!!!
PS- To all the people who know I don't like fish, guess what I just tried fish!!!! Can you believe it! I was so scared but I did it. It was scarier than being in the Dhaka airport and not knowing if I was gonna actually get picked up! And it pains me to say it but it was okay! It didn't taste fishy at all! Well everyone should be giving me a pat on the back, a high five or a standing ovation, because I deserve it!