Saturday 31st December 2011, New Year in Dhaka


Went for a ride in a tuc tuc last night with one of the managers from the hotel to get some beer. What an experience, bit hairy but good fun. When you get in your locked in a cage, when I asked why this was, I was told it’s to protect you from being mugged! Perhaps the people on the ferry weren’t wrong about there being robbers here!

Spent this morning in a mixture of taxis, tuc tucs and rickshaws looking for a box to pack my bike away in, eventually found one which was very kindly given to me by Farhan’s cycle shop.

By the time I got back to the hotel the Barrs had arrived, which was good to see them. We all went for something to eat and caught up with each others stories, they’ve been cycling across Bangladesh over Christmas on some bikes that they bought locally, then donated them to a project that reintegrates street children back into village life.

No beer on new years eve what’s the world coming to, they closed what bars there are and the riot police were on the street more of a precaution I think.

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