Every six weeks the students have a home visit, and we get a three day weekend. This happened to coincide with Thanksgiving (we're run by Canadians, so I'm fairly certain it wasn't planned that way). With the extra day off, a group of us decided to take two of the local teachers and visit some of the historic sights in Dhaka.
We started at Lalbagh Fort in Old Dhaka. Built by the invading Mughal empire, it was a palace and walled fort for the visiting emperor. It had quite the extensive grounds that were very well taken care of.
|This is the main palace, the sunken area in front fills with water|
in the monsoon season and was used as a pool.
|The main palace|
|Bridget wanted to demonstrate that you could bathe in the bathing pools|
|The burial place of a Mughal queen and her children.|
We were going to go to the National Museum, but it was randomly closed. They aren't usually closed on Thursday, and it's not like they have an updated website with their hours listed.
We took lunch at the Star Bakery, which was just a local joint. It was delicious, fresh naan off the grill.
|Brick factories and power lines|
|I'm a huge fan of monumental statues. Seriously.|
And when we got to the national monument I promptly left my camera in the car. Stupid.
Imagine me standing in front of the following:
|Image courtesy of Wikipedia|
This is representative of the seven hills in Bangladesh. I have yet to see any hills. We had a nice entourage following us around the entire time. It was rather disconcerting. I did buy a little squeaky dog from a vendor for 20 taka, totally worth it when you consider how much it annoyed everyone on the ride back (I'm a bit like a 3-year-old sometimes).
All in all, it was an incredible day. I was really glad we had a couple of locals to guide us through and show us the real Bangladesh.