We are just shy of 2 months here in Dhaka. It has been a whirlwind. With confidence, I can say I fit into the "skipped the honeymoon stage" classification. Until now, Dhaka has not been the most hospitable place for us. We arrived to hot hot hot weather, Chris's work has been busy, grocery shopping is well different, we have no car yet, parks and green space really do not exist, etc. I don't think we ever expected it would be easy, and it wasn't. Sorry, I meant for this post to point out the good things.
This week feels finally like a moving forward time, like a getting comfortable time. Most of our household goods are here, so our apartment feels very homey now. Pictures have been hung on the walls, and we would now be proud to have real company over for a visit. Our car is due next week. We had a nice, rejuvenating get-away to Bali. Ceiba loves school. Chris is getting very comfortable and confident at work. I can walk uptown to the crazy Gulshan shopping circle and know which way to walk, and all without getting run over by a rickshaw.
Today I went out for some Christmas pearls and stopped for some old coins for Chris. The merchant and his son were having their morning tea and invited/insisted I stay to join them. At first I declined with sincere thanks, but gave in when they pulled out a chair for me. In the crowded shop, I found great unexpected company and conversation for a few minutes of our morning. We spoke of Bangladesh and the US, of the metal industry (which they were surprised I had worked in), of ocean shipping, the seasons of the Midwest and of people in general. Upon leaving, I finally had the feeling of comfortableness here in Dhaka. I began to think of how life is getting easier, the market is more enjoyable and how I can see more pleasant moments each day. The cool air, for once, on the walk home reassured it even more.