On This Day 6th-January-2012

This week’s on this day post comes from the 6th-January-2012, and I’m in Bangladesh getting ready to fly to China. I’d had a nightmare getting a visa for China and had been going around in circles for two weeks. But finally, after a lot of stress, I obtained a visa and could continue my bike ride to Australia.

Friday 6th January 2012, in Dhaka

After breakfast this morning, I went and packed my bike away, ready for my flight to China. And managed to do it in just over an hour. Mind you. It might have something to do with so many people watching me! I tried to look as if I knew what I was doing! One of my spectators was an American. Who was here having tooth implants! Apparently, it’s much cheaper here, even if you factor in the flights and hotel!

Man on rickshaw
Trying my hand on a rickshaw

The American said he’d been cycle touring some years ago, and his back wheel had collapsed. His spokes had broken. I suspect he wasn’t on a particularly good bike, as it was a one-off tour, and he’s never done it since! When he went, I checked my spokes, and I’m happy to report all seemed okay to me. Slightly more worrying is that I was in quite a lot of pain with my back/leg, but after taking some painkillers I was fine. I think I’ve been off the bike for too long!

This Evening

Supper tonight was with two young girls! (lucky me) Neither of them spoke any English. I think they just wanted to be seen with the white man! I didn’t mind; I find it quite amusing, and besides, it passes the time!

Lady by bucket
Tully at her tea stall

There’s nothing much else to say about today. It’s a Friday here today. And much like our Sundays in the UK, most places are closed. I couldn’t even sit at my favourite tea stall, as Tully was also closed. I spent most of the day researching future trips, even though I’m still on this one, and watched Avatar, the film on the TV in the evening.

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