On This Day 30th-December-2011

This week’s on this day post comes from the 30th-December-2011, and I’m in Bangladesh.

Friday 30th December 2011. Faridpur to Dhaka. 58 miles.

So much for taking my time getting to Dhaka! It wasn’t as far away as I’d thought! I blame my maps! The map I’d been using to cross India was on a scale of 1:3,000,000. But when I crossed into Bangladesh, I had to change maps, and my new map was on a scale of 1:750,000. I’d gotten so used to judging distances by looking at the map that I thought Dhaka was much further. I must admit that I wondered how I’d come so far on the map yesterday! Yet I hadn’t cycled that many miles.

Last night in the restaurant, I talked to a group of medical students at the table next to mine. They helped me with the menu, as they spoke really good English. I chatted with them on and off throughout the evening as I was busy writing yesterday’s update. Then when it was time for me to leave, I happened to mention that I was going back to my room to have a beer. (As Bangladesh is mainly Muslim, alcohol is not freely available.) I wish I hadn’t! They then proceeded to tell me how bad alcohol was! Although they were possibly more anti-drink because of their religion! What do doctors know anyway!?

Tough Start

I was worn out before I started today! After carrying my bike back down from the fourth floor! Apparently, there are two ways to Dhaka, but my map only showed one! The one that nobody uses! But as I didn’t have this other road on my map, I decided to stick with the one I could see. It’s hard enough to navigate here at the best of times. None of the signs are in English, which is no surprise, but they also have a completely different script to ours! I can’t make heads or tails of it. It doesn’t match anything on my map! I tend to use my compass as much as anything!

Whether I was on the right road or not, it didn’t matter. My road today was lovely and quiet! I only saw a handful of trucks and a few cars. I’m guessing that the other road must be new, as it’s not on my map, and all traffic must be on that now.

Man eating food
Eating a nice curry on the today’s ferry

I had to get a ferry today, which was a bit of a surprise! I knew I had to get a ferry, but I just thought it was to cross the Padma River. It wasn’t. The ferry I caught took me on a two-hour journey to Dhaka! Once in Dhaka, it was a short ride from the ferry terminal to my hotel.

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