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The journey to the south of the country

Written by Antje on April 9th 2013 21:20

In my previous blog, my father and I were planning to visit the project that I worked at in 1998 and 1999. This project is in the southern part of Bangladesh, an area where there is more water than in the northwest where I am now working. Because of the political unrest, it was uncertain if we could travel. But during our travels everything was quiet and we had a very good trip. It was very special to see people I hadn't seen in the last 10 years. Most of the workers (those working in security, as janitors and nurse's aids) were still the same people as when I left. I had many mixed feelings. The project has had many problems in recent years and continues to face much difficulty. We spoke often about the time when I worked there and the project was managed by a strong leader with good relationships. I was continuously asked to come back and work there, but I don't think that that would solve the problems!

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One of the highlights of the trip was flying in an 8 passenger airplane that could land on water. It is amazing to see how a water landing attracts a large group of children in no time!

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We also walked along the river nearby the project and watched the setting sun.  I keep noticing how much I love and enjoy water. Seeing a sunset like this gives me a contented feeling for days afterwards.

I have been back in the northwest in my own project for the past 2 weeks. There was a wedding during Easter weekend. A son of the janitor was the bridegroom. It was a Hindu wedding and we were all invited. 

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 Here is a picture of the wedding couple receiving their presents.  It is the custom that the wedding couple may not look too happy on their wedding day! 

Everyone brings their presents to the couple and blesses them. Then you walk through a large tent for the rice meal. During a wedding there is seldom time for a good conversation. Hospitality is measured by how many people have come and eat.

And of course we celebrated Easter. We had a lovely church service in a full church. Afterwards there was a meal for everyone from the hospital compound.

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The picture shows my housemates and myself in our Easter clothes!