Science in Style!

Trip Start Feb 10, 2012
Trip End May 11, 2012

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Flag of Bangladesh  , Dhaka,
Monday, April 16, 2012

A few pictures of a normal work day and pictures!

Normal work: get samples, arrange them, arrange empty tubes, put 100 mL sample and 400 mL diluent, vortex, get plate, put conjugate, then sample, then incubate, then wash, then substrate, then stop solution, then read plate!  Then enter data, then wonder why there are so many false positives, then email Dr. Petri :)

Other days: do hospital rounds, visit field sites, travel, hang out with Forida-apu, eat ice cream. It's a pretty rough life! 

And then there are days like today---where it was a post-New Year party at work!!  Many people re-wore their New Year's finery, but I decided to try out a sari for my first time

With a lot of help from my lab, especially Tuhin-apu, it actually turned out to be pretty easy!  (it is if  two people are helping to wrap it up and pin it strategically to stay)  I was a little nervous the first time I had to use the restroom, though.  I didn't want to ruin it!

But, everyone all day was very excited and kept telling me that I looked wonderful.  Priyanka said,"you look like a barbie doll in a sari." 

So, it was pretty fun! My sari wasn't the traditional red and white, but instead predictably, blue. Tuhin also put some eyeliner on me and a matching bindi was pulled out from somewhere :)  And a comb!  haha-my hair just didn't make the cut!

Forida-apu arranged for snacks for the lab, and most of the lab was pretty dressed up so around tea-time we took a snack/photo break. 

The ICDDR,B also had a mela (fair) with handicrafts and food brought by staff and friends to sell.  I tried even more traditional foods-green mango juice (spicy and salty instead of sweet), a pumpkin and milk dessert, fried vegetable balls, rosh malai (little balls in sugary milk sauce-one of my favorites), and many other sweets. 

I also bought some earrings to match my sari and some earrings to match all my blue salwar kameez!

And then, to top it all off, I gave a presentation to the international and national students on Semester at Sea! 

This is great for all you folks back home because it forced me to go through my pictures and select a few of my favorites to put in a manageable 30-min presentation form.  So you can all look forward to that :)

A med student from Texas presented on his time here and it was a great chance to meet some of the other students that are living elsewhere and I don't normally see!

I will definitely miss everyone when I leave!
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