It's all been a bit quiet on the blogging front so here's a little insight into my study tour to Bangladesh last month to make up for it. Scott has provided a good summary of the study component on his blog, and I won't bore you with the avalanche of hand painted signs that I found, unless that interests you, in which case visit the ghostsigns blog. Instead I'll just try to capture some of the things that caught my eye when I wasn't trying to photograph painted advertising out of the windows of moving vehicles.
Even the cows had access to better clothing than we did, many that we saw had these sacking jackets to keep them warm.
Cows were everywhere we went, Bangladesh has a big dairy industry as opposed to Cambodia where lactose intolerance makes it a non starter. This was a vaccination centre and it was a very lively and noisy with cows and their owners weaving in and out of the thin trees in the wood.
In Cambodia most houses are made of wood. In Bangladesh they use a lot of mud for construction. Here you can see one being built and the future layout of the rooms within it.
Some of the houses had these lovely decorative features. Painted decorations were everywhere and I was amazed at the skills of the people who produce them.
Here you can see the mud fashioned into a simple stove, and one with a big pot of Dahl bubbling away.
There aren't a lot of tourist attractions in Dhaka and tourism certainly isn't a big industry in Bangladesh. However there is plenty to see if you take some time to walk around and look. For example we found this Disney-esque building which is apparently someone's house.
In keeping with my cataloguing of some of Cambodia's best brands, I also snapped some treats in Bangladesh. Here are four of the best.