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Fair!

Written by Antje on June 15th 2015 22:25

Over the last few weeks there has been a fair in our city, Parbatipur. One afternoon I went along together with Bea, our gynecologist, and her family. An area was cordoned off and for a small fee one was permitted entry. The first stall we saw was the sweet stall:

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There were also many other stalls selling things like many kinds of hair clips, bangles and other kinds of jewellery. Everything cost 20 Taka a piece (85 Taka = 1 euro). Janine, the 9 year old girl who came with us, enjoyed everything very much. 

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After looking round all the stalls, an ice cream….

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Windmill ride powered by two strong young men, who literally wound the chairs round and round by hand. Left in the background is the haunted house….

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Another happening last week was the repairing of my wicker furniture. Most of the furniture in our living room is made of basket-work and bamboo. So old, that they were beginning to give way here and there. Some of the armrests were losing their sides.
The repair man came all the way from Dinajpur, which is an hour by bus. I was really impressed with his skill and the attention he paid to each repair. He worked on my furniture for two full days. This photo is at the neighbours’ where he was busy today. 
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A shot of my living room, complete with shiny, as good as new furnishings!
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Workwise everything’s cracking along pretty fine. The work load is manageable thanks to my colleagues from other departments who support me and prevent me going crazy.
 
Ramadan began this week: fasting month for Muslims. Fewer people are prepared to be operated on which eases the pace somewhat. Although there are of course plenty of things that can’t wait a whole month, and besides, there are plenty of Hindus living here (25%). That’ll make sure it doesn’t stay too quiet here.