One of the things I didn't realize before I moved to Bangladesh is that it's one of the more tornado-prone areas in the world (second to the U.S. tornado alley). In fact, it's home to the deadliest tornado in records history, the 1989 Daulatpur-Saturia tornado. Yesterday, there was a tornado that swept through southeastern Bangladesh, killing at least 20 people. I have no doubt that one of the reasons Bangladesh has 5 out of 10 of the most deadly tornadoes in history is because they are overcrowded. Packed to the gills would be a good descriptor.
March to May is summertime in Bangladesh. It's the beginning of the Bangla new year, and summer is the first season. It's hot and dry now, with dramatic, violent storms. It's going to get hotter, then the rainy season will start.
10 days until Thailand. I've been spending excessive amounts of time looking at www.seat61.com (have I mentioned that I love train travel, because I do), Lonely Planet, and planning what I'm going to buy at Ikea. Also, planning how to ride the public transport in Bangkok (I also love riding buses/metro systems, I'm weird like that).