Sunday, October 17, 2010

This and that

Our apartment isn't too cozy yet, it's mostly a bunch of sterile furniture and not many personal items. So I'll wait to post house pics for a while. But here are a couple of local produce (after the task of sanitizing it), the shopping circle by our place, the kitchen and the handful of plants who traversed the journey to Dhaka with us.
Nothing makes me feel at home much more than a few plants scattered about the patio. Yes, I could have gotten new plants here, but they wouldn't have had the history that these hold.
We've shopped at local markets, local grocery stores and the commissary, but look forward to finding house help this week to help learn to shop like the locals do. Chris is drinking Cambodian Tiger beer ($0.74/can) and Australian Foster's ($0.95). Old Milwaukee is $4 A CAN! He wouldn't drink it even if it were $0.25 a can, but $4.... that's just wrong.


  1. looks great, can't wait to see more of your home! How one earth did you take your plants with you?

  2. I am wondering about the plants, too. We met this summer at Oakwood (I was visiting with the two little red-heads and we hung by the pool). :) Glad you made it to post safely! I have two plants that I'm interested in bring to Slovakia with us but fear that they won't make it. I would be sooo sad! They are peace lillies - 1 from 9/11 and one from my Grandma's funeral.

    What is that metal device in the kitchen on the left?

    Keep posting! :)
    WFO, Baghdad, Slovakia Sept. 2011

  3. I remember you Karen :) Every country is different regarding Customs/Import regulations. Look online or even msg post/your sponsor and see if they can give you some insight. I could find zilch on Bangladesh import policy. In prior travels, I have brought plants into and within the States. The biggest rule is to have them bare rooted (no soil) and free of pests. Declare them upon entry and have the scientific name available. The main focus (usually) is for them to not be on the CITES list of endangered species. The US is probably much more stringent than many countries. You can go as far as to get a phytosanitary certificate from your local university (?) or USDA office. Then in the end, it may just come down to a crap shoot. You may get them through or they may get confiscated.

    My plants I barerooted, rolled in newsprint and packed in a hardsided Samsonite. I trimmed all the limbs and roots prior to packing. Then I just hoped for the best and repotted them as soon as we less than optimal potting mix (yuck dirt, ug). So far, they are happy and sprouting new leaves on the veranda. Peace lilies are much more sensitive to moisture and change. You'll want them rolled in newsprint, soaked in water and then wrapped, I imagine. You will inevitably have some yellow/brown leaves, but if you keep the roots healthy, you should be able to nurse them back to a happy, healthy state.

    Good luck with the trip and the plants! Believe me, I feel ya on the emotional tie to plants :) They are a part of me too.

  4. Oh and the metal device is our water sanitizer/purifier. It filters and cooks/condenses the water and then we fill up our big water jug to chill/heat. It's really nice and an ABSOLUTE necessity here in Dhaka. GSO really looks after all of us in regards to furniture, appliances, dehumidifiers, etc.

  5. Oh my goodness! Amazing! I have just looked through the last several posts and I must say, I think I will be jealous in a few months. All that green! I love your posts and almost always get a laugh at them

    How in the world did you get your plants there alive?

  6. Wow, I am amazed at the plants, totally awesome that they made it there! Good grief, we usually feel lucky to get ourselves there and maybe our suitcases.

    Please keep the pictures coming, they are fabulous!

  7. We LOVE Tiger beer!

  8. wow. I am impressed with your plant skills. I will likely not be attempting a similar feat. Glad yours are happy and healthy! Will look forward to hearing more about Bangladesh!