Friday, July 27, 2007


i must have eaten something that did not agree with my digestive system, i had images of my stomach and intestines in war with substances they did not recognise, my kidneys screaming out 'I'm an organ get me out of here' well that's how it felt for me, but i was determined to not let it affect my day.
as usual the day began early after breakfast, we where headed towards a palace.

the white palace, which was now a museum
and inside i befriended a little girl who was a minute version of little girls, this girl was tiny, really tiny, and she could run fast in a freaky sort of way because she looked like she shouldn't be crawling never mind running, cute...
when we finished touring the museum we headed back to the mini bus to find 4 little boys standing nearby:
there story is so sad, they all work at a soap factory, there little bodies where full of burn scars from working at the factory, acid burns!!!!
and they have to work otherwise they get beats, some body asked them about school and they replied that how could they possibly afford to go to school, its really sad but its common to see children in such situations, i would say that these children may even still be better of than some other children, and although they are wearing rags, some of the children i saw didn't have a single item of clothing on them for the sheer fact that they cant afford clothes.

and even still they managed to smile at us, we really don't realise how lucky we are.

so we continued our drive and stopped to by some coconut, fresh coconut, which they chop of the top and put a straw inside so you can drink the liquid, i didn't really enjoy it that much because the coconut milk was warm, when i had finished they chop it up so that you can eat the inside, i was expecting hard coconut like the type you get here, the chocolate bounty stuff, instead i was given a slimy substance, but i was game for trying it out:
i was good and finished it all but to be honest i much prefer the hard coconut which is how it becomes when you leave it, the slimy stuff just reminded me of other stuff but i wont mention what :)

later i was given the proper stuff which brought a huge smile to my face, a lady kindly prepared it for me:
and the final result is a plate full of coconut all for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee:
we where heading towards a temple, and on the way there we stopped at a lake, where every one dipped there feet to cool down:

ketchup always grabbed the opportunity to dip her feet:

another tree:
we arrived at the kantaji temple in dinazapur, when we got there we found a welcoming committee waiting for us, and the moment we got of the mini bus they started to sing and dance:
it was so much fun, and they just kept singing and dancing for like an hour in the heat of the sun, later i stood with them and clapped, not understanding a single word, just smiling, nodding and trying to look like i knew what i was doing.

we weren't allowed to enter the temple so we walked around it taking pictures, they really where proud of it and have taken good care of it:
i spotted a camel amongst the detailed tiles, i love camels:
there where quite a few ceramic plates leaning against a wall, apparently for offerings to the temple:

before leaving there was time for one more danceon the way out, i spotted my role model, a boy who had climbed a mango tree and wa picking mangoes, he was climbing that tree as if his legs where made of branches, maaaaaaaaaaan i want to learn how to climb like that:
on the way back to the hotel i noticed jack fruit being sold, just look at how big they are:

sleep was on my mind, funnily enough through out the whole trip i would just have to put my head on the pillow and sleep would over take me, something that rarely happens in Manchester.

11 comments:

a_akak said...

u r obsessed with climbing trees!!!! but u didnt take a pic of u stranded up a tree :( ?

I felt sorry for the little boys but that is life and they have to feed thier families and survive

the temple looked very nice :) and keep the pic and posts coming as they are a joy to read :)

Fe Aman Allah

Anglo-Libyan said...

it was probably the jack fruit that upset your tummy :o)

the first palace, a magnificant building, looked very European, probably English!

I felt soory for the children too, it is heart breaking.

I though the fresh coconut looked slimy too, you are brave for trying anything thrown at you :o)

amazing pictures of the temple, thank you whiteafrican

PH said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures WA .... you're tempting me to go and visit it :D.

salaam

ibeebarbie said...

Salam White African,
Another great venturing day reported by White African. :-)

My heart breaks for all children who have to suffer.

What is jack fruit. It looked like a muntant mango, but wasn't sure. All I know is it looks huge.

LovelyHibo said...

you got some intersting shots.
i would like to see them in my flicker group;

www.flickr.com/groups/93051400@N00
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so intersting place and Culture

white african said...

akak actually i did take a picture of me up a tree, i will post it later :0)

yep those boys are basiclly trapped in a situation that really has no escape.

anglo it probably was the jack fruit :)

they did have english influence, which im not surprised about, most countries during the empire where heavily influenced by english architecture.

slimy coconut, i dont think i will be trying that again, once is more than enough :)

ph your welcome, if you do ever get the chance, then go for it, if i could i would visistthe world back to front, inside out :)

wassalam ibee jack fruit is in no way relate dto the mango, its a species of its own, and it certainly is huge, like fudge said it really is an aquired taste.

hibo thanks, i was actually thinking of joining flicker, i will check it out

eternal peace said...

assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabaraktuh sis
welcome back to england, its nice to have you back:)
jazakAllah khayr for these pictures and commentry, though my roots are in benagladesh i haven;t seen some of the wonderful sides(e.i the architecture)of bangladesh that you have seen, most of our time is spent visiting relatives! Bangladesh is a small country and also unreported so i'm glad your showing our blog community your adventures, hope you had a brilliant time inshaAllah and that your in the best of health and imaan, and hope you visited sylhet!
fiamanillah
wasalam

eternal peace said...

i mean under reported NOT unreported LOL

white african said...

wallaykum assalam eternal, and thank you for your welcome back message :)

eternal i had a fantastic time, you have an extremley beautiful country.

and yep i saw sylhet, and fell in love with it, i much prefer it to dhaka.

i belive that alot more tourists will be visiting bangladesh in the near future as its still undiscovered but slowly people are discovering its beauty.

Lady_WildKat said...

the old lady that made u cocunut is my grandmother! well my grandfathers brothers (great uncle)3rd wife! bless and rememeber they sent cocnuts with us back to dhaka, cos i menioned that u loved them and u kept eating them in the hotel. will ask ama (or for you its kalama) to bring some back with you. you know that suitcase is gna be filled with food!
amd Jackfruit are related to a malaysian fruit that stinks to high heaven called something beginning with d... will remember and tell u later

white african said...

and for that i love her, coconuts mmmmmmmm.

jack fruit, my god if its cousin stinks even more than i wonder how people could stand to put it in there mouth, must stink like a decaying fat bottom looooool