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Bangladesh – the day before and a trip down memory lane
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It’s only now that I’ve checked in for my flight online that this trip now exists in the real world. Ostensibly it’s been lived out online so far with more of blizzard than a flurry of tweets and blogs for the last few weeks.

I’ve spent a lot of it researching Bangladesh and it’s rich history but it’s also taken me down memory lane.

When I was small in the 70s, I remember seeing the Bangladesh independence riots on BBC Newsround – that’s showing my age I know – but it remains etched in my mind, sadly I can’t find a video on youtube to show you.

More recently, I have spent a lot of time in the East End of London and for a while lived right next to Brick Lane’s Banglatown. It’s a colourful and vivid community interwoven with vintage shops and artist studios on the edge of the banking district. When I lived in Shoreditch often ate at the Banglatown curry houses and of course I had a favourite place, City Spice, which does my favourite Aloo Bharta dish of dry spiced potatoes – it has a brilliant decor, so do check out the site. My favourite shop for spices and exotic vegetables was Taj Stores – the raft of produce and products was amazing. I lived there during my pregnancy and gave birth at the Royal London hospital – it’s a wonderful area of London and has a complex cultural tapestry, the history of which dates back several hundred years. Just wander down from the Whitechapel end of Brick Lane and you’ll have an amazing experience. I often spotted Gilbert and George on their way to breakfast and there is so much history from the Truman Brewery buildings and the Huguenot houses, you’ll find pubs like the Ten Bells frequented by Jack the Ripper and old vestiges of the flower and vegetable markets, which are now achingly trendy and reworked.

That’s what I know about Bangladesh so far and it is steeped in my own personal history to a certain degree – but still, I’m a London girl, it’s not really authentic is it?

I feel very fortunate that I’ll be experiencing Bangladesh at first hand shortly and I don’t expect it to be anything less than amazing.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been looking into the country in great depth. My research has tuned me into the female Prime Minister and her amazing raft of achievements against all odds. Sheikh Hasina has faced legendary challenges and embodies the spirit of her country, which I can’t wait to discover. I’ve also found some magical and interesting local traditions such as Frog weddings to bring on the monsoon – extraordinary as it seems, we Brits are not dissimilar in our behaviour, well, we have Morris dancers don’t we? Not that they bring on the rain, we’re lucky enough to have plenty of it.

Liz Scarff is already in Dhaka awaiting our arrival – the feeling of anticipation and excitement is immense.

So is the pile of washing I’m working through and all the domestic arrangements that need to be made. It’s a very different feeling to be going somewhere to help. When we visited the Save the Children offices recently it was hard not to notice the buzz of the teams that worked there. They do this full time and they really are heroic. What I am doing with Sian and Josie is a drop in the ocean in comparison.

Thanks to everyone for their well wishes for the trip; it’s been immense and astounding, let’s hope we can help things and bring about a change for the better.

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9 Comments to “Bangladesh – the day before and a trip down memory lane”

  1. TheMadHouse says:

    I can not wait to hear more about your experiances and all the sights, sounds and smells of your trip – have a safe flight

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  3. Sian says:

    Eva,
    I love the way that your words act in smellivision for me.
    See you tomorrow honey. xx

  4. Sian says:

    OMG… are you telling me you are yet to see the poncho pic?!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mummytips/4931385759/
    Got one for you!!

    • admin says:

      He he he he – and very well modelledby you too – I’m going to look like a mountain in one of those – I had totally forgotten to pack a jacket…yikes

  5. Thinking of you all as you set off.

    • admin says:

      Hello and thanks again, we have arrived and it’s an amazing city, already feel we are soaking up the experience like sponges and very lucky to be shown around by Save the Children.

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