The best part of Uncle Phil’s house was the Botanical Gardens. Oh my. Dhaka is a mega city with millions of people every where. It’s not a planned city — so many neighborhoods do not have green space. That’s why I put the “normal” picture of Dhaka in — because green space is not so very amazing if you always have it. These gardens are just so large — and most of it is just big trees. We went daily when we were there. The kiddos played with their bikes alot and I don’t think we even explored the whole park.
We stayed at Uncle Phil’s house for the better part of two months? We were doing alot of traveling in country so we only had five days in a row here and a few days there. It was a wonderful place to land. I appreciated the green view out the veranda, the washing machine, and the use of Jenny’s kitchen and dishes. Phil didn’t seem to mind the mango take over. We had fun meeting his family over skype! It was in Phil’s house that O got a mouthful of teeth and learned to walk while holding our hands. O also learned how to wave bye bye.
The trip back from Malumghat was exhausting. First there was the walk down the long long drive (dragging suitcases). I took a picture of the house that the kids had made and had spent so many hours of happy time. We waited for a bus at the front of the hospital. The bus took us through the city and across many rivers. JAcob and I got off halfway for a quick dinner, nurse, shower, nurse . . .and then back on the bus. We stayed two days with friends halfway to the capital. Then another long bus ride . . . baked in a CNG for an hour . . and then home. Oh my. Nothing quite like a mango smoothie after hours of hot travel.
We took a boat ride on the river that is right by Malumghat hospital. The area has been badly deforested, as you can see. There are miles and miles of water, canals, marshes etc. I think you can boat all the way into the the bay of Bengal but it would take a while. I was surprised at how many people were out on the river — with their goats. . or a little patch of rice, of with their nets. It must be an isolated life. I am so glad that at least they have a hospital to go to.