Monday, August 06, 2007

we left Chittagong early after breakfast towards Rangamati the drive was expected to be bumpy as it was hilly and snake like with curves in the road, i think i had given my self the evil eye because i was very impressed by the fact that i was not feeling travel sick what so ever, so i think i must have gotten big headed and my punishment was to be sick over and over again. the worst feeling though is being sick on an empty stomach, not nice trust me...
every one was aaaahing and ooohing the scenery, i was sat in a corner with my face in a plastic bag wishing to Allah that the journey ends sooooooon, so you can imagine my delight when it was announced that we had arrived.

i have never been more glad of landing on soil, actually that's not 100% true, the only other time where i was so grateful to be on solid land was when i was in Egypt and we where on hydro ferry going to sharks bay, i swear i must have puked no less than 15 times on that 4 hour journey, it was hell, and because my stomach was empty, i was vomiting stomach acid and my muscles where spasming, so painful, so yep this journey to Rangamati was not as bad but it was 40% similar aaaah just remembering it makes me feel queasy
we rested a while, well i did that's for sure, i was completely out of it and as soon as i put my head on the pillow i was out.

we where going on another boat ride on kaptai lake, as well as visiting a water fall by the name of shovolong, i think the best thing for me was most defiantly a scenic boat ride:
you've probably noticed that i take pictures of boats, there really is something fascinating about them and besides they look so pretty don't you think?
another thing i picked up on was how different Bengali features can be depending on the area we visit, so many different variates, at one point i kept forgetting i was in Bangladesh, seriously, it felt like i was in Nepal or china, so cool:
the guy with the umbrella is actually clever, although it doesn't look very sunny, the sun was out and managed to burn me!!!!! never happened in the history of white african.
we eventually came to an island:
and although the water fall was not Niagara falls it was still pretty to look at and very refreshing to stand under:
the place around the water fall was so lush and green subhannallah:
on the way back to the boat i spotted a lady selling drinks and snacks and she requested i take her photo, which i did without a hesitation because i found her face to be so interesting and full of life experiences:
even the police officers who where escorting us wanted in on the action and actually got our driver to ask me to take a photo of them, loool
i really enjoyed that experience and i felt so much better that when we later had to go back onto the mini bus to visit another site i wasn't as traumatised.

our next stop was visiting the palace of one of the few kings of Bangladesh, well of indigenous tribes, his palace is actually more of a home, very humble and not guarded amazingly, i stupidly forgot to take photos so i do apologise, i did manage to take photo of a monk we saw when we where crossing the lake to get to the palace, he looked so cool, every thing he had on was orange, and when it started to rain he took out an orange umbrella, so cute:
he was really nice, he came up to me and asked where i was from and how long i was staying in Bangladesh and whether i was enjoying myself, very welcoming, and later when we got caught in the down pour of rain we sheltered under his monastery.
whilst waiting to cross the lake i took a photo of the houses on sticks, how funky are they:
and also another boat with a man playing a musical instrument:
every where i looked was a photo opportunity, every things tells a story, one thing that simply amazed me was how simple life can be, it really is us humans who complicate matters, just watching people and how they live there lives really makes me wonder as to why we worry over materialistic matters, although many of the people i saw didn't have much to own in terms of belongings, there happiness and content was clearly evident in many of their amazing faces:
we where heading back to the hotel and on the way we stopped to buy a bunch of bananas which our tour guide hung in the mini bus, maybe so as to distract me from thinking of the drive back, hmmmm very clever it worked

7 comments:

Brave Heart said...

the scenery is unbelievable, the fall remember me by Derna fall, it is a similar in someway, now i start ask myself why they named our mountain by green mountain, it's completely wrong when u compared with Bengaldish

fudgebumpkin said...

This is not the Bangladesh I know...I wish I could know it.

You're a very lucky person - I've haven't seen 90% of this stuff and I'm supposed to be from there.

Yeesh...I feel so deprived.

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a_akak said...

WA how u been?

yet another beautiful chapter from our beloved WA and u have a talent when you write as it makes us feel the seranity of the environment and through the pic we feel the atmosphere so thank you and may we read many more happy chapter in your life

white african said...

brave maybe it used to be very green, but our green mountain is still beautiful.

fudge you will know it inshallah, no worries next time you go to bangladesh get in touch with the tour people seriosuly it's so worth it.

hiba :) looool, thank you.

akak thank you :) im fine, busy with work and life i guess.

its so easy to go back to the normalcy that is life aaaaah

Anglo-Libyan said...

I missed this post yesterday!
as usual I am always enjoying these adventures and just dont want to stop reading about them :o)

white african said...

thanks anglo, at this point im wishing i was there :0)