I got sick on Sunday. Really sick. ORS (Oral Re-hydration Solution) was involved and I spent most of Sunday sleeping. Except for a stint where I checked email. Other than that I didn’t really move. I recovered though and Tara said that getting sick was a rite of passage when traveling. So I passed! Or something like that…
On Tuesday, Tara and I left to a southern region of Bangladesh called Barisal, pronounced Borishal. We did some case studies and success story interviews for her work at Save the Children. We flew on a float plane! Taking off and landing on the rivers of Bangladesh. The plane fit maybe 10 people and was so small! What an experience.
We were gone for two and a half days, driving (so much driving) through the rural district of Barisal. I got to do two interviews with an interpreter, which was a very interesting experience. Especially when the interpreter didn’t know a lot of English! It made for a tricky task of making sure the right questions got asked and the answers got translated correctly. Thank goodness for Tara who knows a good amount of Bengali! She could practically conduct the interviews on her own!
The rural parts of Bangladesh are still densely populated. Not as many people as in Dhaka, but still a lot of people! And in varying states of poverty. Some were fairly well off, others, who lived in shacks on the side of the road, just weren’t seen by people, even by the NGO’s of the area.
Fun fact: Bangladesh has no rocks. The country is all delta, full of water and rivers and made mostly of silt and clay. So they have to import their rocks from other parts of the world. And everything is made from brick…cause of clay.