Tuesday 3rd January 2012 in Dhaka

Had an appointment at 10.30 in the bank with the bank manager who said he could help me. After chatting for a while and a cup of tea, which is what you get all the time, I handed over my dollars to be converted into Taka and more importantly get this blooming certificate, he said that it would take about half an hour, so I said I’ll go and do some other bits and come back in a while.

After nearly an hour I returned to pick them up, I thanked Mr. very much for all his help and he said anymore problems and I was to go back and see him.

Got to the travel agent all confident now having that certificate, only to be told it’s the wrong one, sorry I said, it’s the wrong one! Yes sir. I couldn’t believe it, not after yesterday. So back I went to the bank to see Mr. who rung them up to see what the problem was, they said the certificate has to be from a bank, apparently Mr. bank isn’t licensed to cash up money but out of the kindness of his heart he’d sent one of his employees to an agent to get it for me. The certificate was all official and ok it just wasn’t from a bank, which he didn’t quite get either. Not to worry we will sort it out. After a few phone calls I was on my way in a rickshaw with one of his employees to the agent to get my money back.

Got to the agent and went in to get my dollars back, which he did but it was $200 short, what’s this I said, tax, tax my arse, $200 I don’t think so, so I started to argue with him, eventually I was told to sit down and the bank employee with me rung Mr. who in turn spoke to the agent, after what sounded like a bit of a heated debate, but then they all do, my $200 was returned to me. We then walked down the road to another bank where we were met by another manager, who asked me what I wanted, think he might have had it before as he seemed to know exactly what I needed. After being introduced to several of his employees my money was taken and shortly after another certificate issued.

After thanking him it was back to the travel agent once more.

Sat down gave him the certificate he looked at it, it then got passed around the office with everybody looking at it and shaking their heads, things weren’t looking good, I felt like crying, another certificate and still it’s wrong! Think they sensed I was getting upset and annoyed, two certificates both wrong, what do I do. After a few phone calls they reluctantly accepted it and proceeded to book my flights, not without asking where my visa was once again. Just got to hope I get the visa now!

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