Week 1 – Aaliyah’s Post
Well where to start, I guess the most important thing to know is that the internet is still not working! Aside from this my time in the international hostel has been eventful, we have most certainly found ways to entertain ourselves. However, this is not often necessary as most nights we are invited out and accept without getting permission from our ‘social guide’ but that’s a secret. Since arriving in Dhaka both me and Imogen have had many new experiences, I would describe it as a rollercoaster you never want to get off.
Everyday I’m learning something new whether it’s a sentence in Bengali, how to eat with my hands, or something related to physio practice here in Bangladesh. Practical learning has almost become a secondary thought as there are so many other things to take interest in. Finding the correct balance between work and pleasure is a slight worry of mine but for now I’m just going to have fun.
This country is like no other I have visited all the people are so lovely either because it is in their nature or they are so in awe by Imogen’s pale skin and my curly hair. I think I have taken more pictures in the last week than I have in the last year, we have discussed many times what boost this gives to the ego, but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts. As you know this is a developing country, but the attitude of the people is one of significant wealth. They have a carefree, liberated approach that is refreshing to see but unfamiliar to me coming from an NHS environment. We have been here for a week and I’m still not totally understanding or comfortable with physiotherapy practice here but have been fortunate enough to have positive conversations regarding the development of practice.
Somehow, I have become the English teacher in the neuro department although I think it should be the other way around as their English is much better than my Bangla. We were scheduled to have our first official Bangla class today but sadly it was cancelled so we have to wait until next Tuesday I’m not worried though as there is one gentleman in the department that will only speak to be in Bengali forcing me to learn. All the staff in the department are very accommodating and happy to answer any questions I have btw there’s quite a lot as this is my first experience in a neurology environment. So…. that’s all from me I don’t know what else to tell you but if I want you to know anything it’s that it has only been a week, but I am certain I will return home a better person and that is because the experience CRP and the whole of Dhaka is giving me. Bangladesh is a beautiful, vibrant country with amazing culture and definitely worth the visit.