Sunday, May 30, 2010

I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills...

A complete sucker for travel inspired movies, I completely am! When I was young it was Goonies, Lord of the Flies, Blue Lagoon, Swiss Family Robinson, Stand by Me, Romancing the Stone and more. And as an adult - Under the Tuscan Sun, Anna and the King, Out of Africa, Constant Gardener, Chocolate, Blood Diamond, Memoirs of a Geisha, Last Samuri. The lists could go on and on. I AM the world's easiest movie critic... just give me a dreamy story or great scenery.

Over the weekend, we received 2 books and a map on Bangladesh. You can't exactly walk in a bookstore and find much on this seldom touristy country. It's been 2 days, and I've almost read them cover to cover. The "Dangers and Annoyances" sections raised my eyebrows a bit, but no worries. Just jab us with every inoculation known to man, and we should be good to go. We'll also pack plenty of Charmin in our HHE.

But the pages and pages of words regarding the beautiful, good hearted and persevering people of Bangladesh has me eager. The lines reading "Yet within the flat framework are primeval swamps full of man-eating tigers, the unseen tribal groups with Burmese faces, glorious beaches that stretch for eternity, freshwater dolphins and deep-water whales, and some of the most openhearted people you will ever have the honor to meet. This is a country where genuine adventure is not just a possibility, but a certainty." per Lonely Planet.

Though we'll live in Dhaka, which won't exactly be full of nature and beauty, it will still be an adventure. And though trips to the Maldives, Nepal, Thailand, India and more will surely be on the agenda, so too will interior get-aways to enjoy Bangladesh's sites.

Bathroom trouble inevitability, mosquitos, crazy traffic and pollution aside, get in line for a visit!
We'll show you all we can of the amazing country we're excited to venture to this fall!

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