Root: Adventure in Bangladesh
Monday, October 24, 2005
 
"This is the end, my one and only friend The End."

27 months have past and now it is my turn to move on and beyond Bangladesh. But before I go, it would only be approriate to take a quick look back. What are the highlights, the things I have learned, the things I have seen?

On arrival, the view from the plane as we were coming in was of a country that appeared to be completely underwater, with only a few patches of green land. (This view has often remainded the same.)

Noise, stench, chaos, beggars, mass deformities, MS carried to its fullest extent, trash, shit, dung, horns, bells, hawkers, vendors, merchants, touts, cons, elderly, young, babies, kalidascope of swirling and twirling colors, inscense, Hindus, Muslims, Buddists, mosques, temples, shrines, monuments, bricks, giant kilns, boats, bicycles, rickshaws, buses, rice, rice, rice, cows, water buffaloes, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, kingfishers, bats, palm trees, coconuts, dates, palms, alms, violence, death, birth, life, bazaars, fish, fish, fish, chickens, mosquito racquetts, bars on every window, protests, anger, anguish, despair, mange, excitement, happiness, joy, but no love...

I have learned to always laugh.
I have learned not to give and not to care.
I have learned how to survive.
I have learned how to love.
I have learned how to be a better man.
I have learned to be tactful (somewhat).
I have learned what expectations can do.
I have learned to foster hope.
I have learned the power of the imagination.
I have learned more about my own culture than I ever expected.
I have learned true joy.
I have learned to be patient (and I thought I was patient before).
I have learned the frutility of anger.
I have learned the beauty of distance.
I have learned disappointment.
I have learned how to ignore a human being completely.
I have learned that I am not the always a kind man.
I have learned what I like and don't like.
I have learned the truth about development.
I have learned that money will not fix a problem.
I have learned that money goes a long way to help out.
I have learned about corruption.
I have learned about poverty.
I have learned about perspective.
I have learned that I am in love and always will be.
I have learned the anguish of fighting the crowd.
I have learned that I will continue to fight.
I have learned that humans are often not nice.
I have learned that there are always saints.
I have learned to be stronger than how I feel.
I have learned how to love completely and unconditionally.
I have learned that pirates still exist.
I have learned the dangers of RAB and crossfire.
I have learned the dangers of dancing at a concert.
I have learned that a smile will go a long way.
I have learned how to eat with my right and shit with the left.
I have learned to take the bad with the good.
I have learned.

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