Me voici arrivée et installée au Bengladesh! Je suis depuis une semaine a Dacca et je loge actuellement chez une francaise, Magali, attachée culturelle à l'ambassade et partage l'appart avec 3 autres personnes: Maeve, anglaise, Albert, egyptien et Claire, anglaise qui nous quitte cette semaine. Je suis ravie de vivre avec eux car cela rend mon installation au Bengladesh beaucoup agreable, ils connaissent bien la ville et tout ses coins sympas et la maison est toujours anime!
Here I am in Bangladesh since one week and already settled. Via different contacts, I got the chance to find a room in an appartment with a french women, an egyptian guy and a British girl. I am really glad I found this place cause these people have been in Dhaka since a few months already and they know all the "great" place and can bring me around. Morevoer, there are so few foreigners here that I was a bit worry before coming to end up in a depressive cheap hotel meeting nobody. But well, this is not the case and it is even better than what I had imagined.
Before coming, I had the idea that Bangladesh would look more or less the same as India, which is, on some point the truth: busy and smelly streets, rickshaws everywhere, terrible traffic and people starring at us (lenghtily...). But a part from that, the atmosphere is a bit different. Given that the majority of the population is muslim we see very few women in the street, we inevitably hear the call of the muezzin five time a day and women are asked on every administrative documents the name of their father or husband! The country is also much more poorer, we can see at the number of children, women, beggers who lock on any car or people to sell anything, but we can notice it at the numbers of NGO there are in this country, it is really impressive, everyday I meet persons from different NGO, this country are real laboratory for development!
I started my work at UNICEF last week and discovered that my boss is french, Christine! We are working together on an educational project for working children which is implemented in 6 cities in Bangladesh and concerned 200 000 kids.
Otherwise, I spent my first week end outside Dhaka where I had the chance to visit a boatyard owned by a french man, Yves Marre. This guy came in Bangladesh 10 years ago on a river boat from France and he now has a boatyard where restaure/rebuilt traditionnal bengali boat. Have a look at the picture (link on the right column), the boats are very impressive.
That's it for now, I will try to take more pictures of the city for you to have an idea of how it looks like here!
Hope everybody is fine,