Saturday, March 23, 2013

It's a twister?

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).

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  1. I found public transport in Bangkok really intimidating. Pretty much nothing is in English. Be wary of any taxi driver telling you that you'll get a cheaper fair if you'll make one stop with them first. That said, the Wats are AMAZING. Get a massage at Wat Pho, the massage school, it's cheap and it feels so freaking good. OMG.

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    1. Yeah, I know a few people who lived in Bangkok and they gave me some pointers. I'm fairly certain I'm only going to take the airport link and the BTS Metro, because I arrive during rush hour and I don't want to try and get a taxi.

      Massages are the best, I was thinking about one at a spa at my hotel, but we'll see (expensive)

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