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Monday, November 13, 2006

Goodbye Bangladesh

This morning, my friends in Bangladesh sent email that said:
People cannot move from one place to another due to political unrest. There is no transport except for rickshaw. We cannot use cars. Our sea ports are closed due to political unrest, so we cannot export or import any goods. We cannot go to the office. This is not a suitable time for your visit. It is not safe for any foreigner to take the risk and come to Bangladesh.
And so, instead, I will leave in a week for Nepal.

I really appreciate your support and concern. It means a lot to me.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you are going to Nepal instead.
I was hoping you would nto fly Bangladesh Biman. And then I saw your post. You mentioned the very reasons that mention Biman a aterrible airline, so am glad you are not going.

BTW has the marxist uprising in Nepal cooled down? I knwo they had protests against the King as well?

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Thailand Gal said...

Glad you decided not to go. It's not worth the risk. It just isn't.

Interesting question about Nepal. I don't think it's settled down a bit.


Peace,

TG
~*~

10:17 AM  
Blogger Susan as herself said...

Good lord! You last two post have me worried! I am very glad you have changed your plans. Adaptability/flexibility is all important, it seems.

Frightning times in some parts of the world... I am happy you will not be in the center of one of them.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Sanjay & TG: On Nov 8, the Marxist rebels signed a peace accord with the gov't in Nepal. Hopefully that'll stick. Yep, I don't need to fly Biman now...just Northwest and Thai Air.

Susan: Somewhere between wanting to be a stock car driver and now, I wanted to be an international journalist covering difficult zones (war, famine, etc.) Maybe I didn't understand how dangerous that would be.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

I hope your friends and co-workers will be safe.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to have friends to let you know what's up.

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a relief. The line between "adventurous" and "dangerous" is sometimes blurry. Keep an eye out for yourself and know as much as you can about where you're going and how you get there. Ooops. Became my mother for a second there.

Keep safe.

2:05 PM  
Blogger jen said...

glad you listened to the wisdom of those who live there. and hurray for nepal.

and hurray for thai air. at least it's a terrific flight.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

Better safe than sorry girl!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Gracias. Asante. Obrigada. Pagui. Tanumert. Danke. Merci.

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just me

9:24 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Lucia, I just switched to Beta and the same happened to me:
(a) all profile photos are gone ... going back all the way to the first post. The photos, apparently, will begin appearing for new comments, but all of the old ones are gone.
(b) many commenters turned into Anonymous which makes it tough to tell who they are and impossible to track back to their profile and blog (since there are no links on Anonymous comments).

One step forward, ten steps backwards, huh? This bites.

10:23 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Phew. Definitely a good call.

And Nepal...EXCELLENT.

Pictures, we'll need pictures.

6:14 AM  
Blogger QT said...

I am glad you will be safe, but kind of bummed for you as well - I know you are just a little disappointed. Nepal will make up for it though, I just feel it in my bones!

6:36 AM  
Blogger gr said...

Dan--the conversion went OK for me. Glad I did, old fashioned blogger always got clogged like a drain full of dog hair when I tried to put up pictures.
Easy to imagine our heroine Lucia at a tropical bar waiting for word on the next flight out, eating and drinking exotic stuff...

6:37 AM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

Lucia..responding to your comment on my blog..
Thanks for your kind words on my blog. It's great to have people leaving comments who know about what's going on in the world!

I am sort of a news junkie and also curious abt the world in general. I am really impressed att he good work that you and your org are doing.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Sigh of relief

8:07 AM  
Blogger meno said...

ditto on the sigh of relief.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

Oh my goodness! Sounds like you made a wise decision to go to Nepal instead.

My best friend is spending two weeks in Egypt next month; I can't help but wish she'd go to Nepal instead, too.

Have a safe trip!

11:18 AM  
Blogger bobealia said...

Phew.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Popeye said...

Be safe. . .

5:42 AM  

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