Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Bangladesh Abode

I thought some of you might be interested to see photos of where I am living while I am here teaching in the Speech and Language Therapy department here at the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh.

We have lovely quarters to live in, because we are two old ladies volunteering as opposed to most of the bright young things that are here.  Our bedrooms have a British colonial feel to them with the wood furniture and the mosquito nets on the bed.

There is also a lovely wooden hanging rack to put your clothes on.  One of the Australian volunteers put her western clothing in the drawers under the bed and a month later, when it was time to leave, they had all turned white with mould, so I will be leaving mine hanging on the rack so there is plenty of air circulation.

We also have a cute little kitchen with a two-burner gas stove that we make our toast on in the morning. It reminds me of camping so I love making the toast and took over that job right away.

There is a water filtration system in the corner of the kitchen.

I love the cabinet that we store our dishes in.  The openings are covered in screening and it is made of a lovely rich wood.

When we first got to Bangladesh we sorted and cleaned the toys we had brought. You can see them in the photo below on our dining room table, which also serves as Kim's desk and I use the table against the window as my desk.  

All the doors have huge bolts to close them that look like something out of Harry Potter and the front door is secured with a large lock and skeleton key.

There are huge ceiling fans in all the rooms that attempt to keep us cool. It is a bit unnerving, though, when you lie down at night and look up at these huge whirling blades.  My mind starts to wonder things like how securely fastened the fan is to the ceiling and other charming thoughts.  

Oh and I can't forget to show you our resident ghecko who is about four inches long.  We are very happy to have him as he eats mosquitoes.

I hope you liked the tour and will stay for a cup of tea.  We even have biscuits to offer you that we bought in a little shop along the street from CRP recently and really like them.  I think they live up to their reputation - "crispy and contains a charming taste".


  1. Thanks for sharing a bit of your daily life over there, Grace. Very interesting but I must say you have more courage than I do! Humidity, geckos and mosquitos, oh my. Wishing you continued success and adventures before your return.

  2. thankyou for sharing this,, its wonderful to see where others go and stay while working in other lands.I hope your stay is a happy one,,

  3. This is all so exciting to see the real world in Bangladesh and how you are living. LOVE the biscuits and the translation. Enjoy your charming bickies.

  4. You are living in the lap of luxury! So clean and nice. I know, the geckos got me for a minute, too, but you get used to them. This is not camping, it is the way of life! Their kitchens are much different than ours. It is amazing how much good food can come out of meager kitchens.

  5. This is all so interesting. I am so glad that you are posting.