After that amazing sunset, superb meal — it was time to get off the ship and catch our train home. I was not ready to get off. Oh well, maybe for our twentieth anniversary we can go again??
On the last evening of our trip, the sun came out and the rain stopped. Now we had not let the weather get us down or limit us. But when the sun came out, oh my! We all gathered on the top desk and enjoyed watching the scenery as we slowly came into Khulna.
Get this — like we needed more happiness — the crew did a barbecue on the deck. That’s the captain grilling for us. The open air made us ravenous, especially as we enjoyed the fragrant smells for an hour before.
I was surprised how deserted the Sundarban national forest really was. I mean — this is Bangladesh — it’s a packed country. But in the forest itself, we saw so few people. Just miles and miles of wilderness. There was very little pollution, except right at the bay. The top picture is at the bay. Even though there was a hurricane nearby, (thus all the rain and wind), we got into a smaller boat and walked through the forest, grasslands, and mangroves to the beach. The walk was about an hour long, and we had fun identifying trees and marveling over the deer bounding away from us. The beach was beautiful and the water was warm. But all that rain and wind tired us out quickly and even the adults started to go blue in the face. So we walked back. Poor M was so cold and with the wind our umbrella was not much help. It was strange — it couldn’t have been colder than 70, but with the wind and rain it felt almost unbearable to the little kids. I was glad that my baby was safe and dry on the boat with Jacob! The waves had gotten rougher and the little boat had a rough time facing the big boat at a good angle for us to get off. The staff with us were all smiling and saying we had nothing to worry about, but all of us were feeling shaken up with the waves breaking over the boat. When the last person had gotten on the big boat, the engines roared and we left the coast. I heard that the captain was not too happy with the amount of time we had been away — maybe the hurricane had come closer?
Above: our small room. We were prepared to have all of us in the tiny room but we were glad that E and M slept with the other girls. I appreciated the mosquito nets, and the double windows that looked right out over the water. Imagine, lying down in your own room, looking outside all at the same time?
Below: the hangout room. Because we had a day of rain, we spent alot of time in this room, including meals. The sofas were incredibly comfy, the meals and snacks were delicious. Lots of time to play games and hang out with friends.
Above: the front of the boat, the kids sitting on where the anchors are stored.
Below: Maia peeks out of her window. There was a small path all the way around the boat. The kids (I think there were 15 kids) played tag and hide and seek. One of the parents stood next to a door that wasn’t barred across to stop any sudden kid-over-board. I am amazed that no one went overboard. Jacob and I did have to watch O every single second that he was awake.