Fun & Food in Mymensingh District

We had very busy and intense days during the week, but there is always time for some fun, and for eating – what else is new! Rabbani Bahi is the Regional Manager of the Dabi Microfinace Program for the Mymensingh District and to my mind, he went above and beyond ensuring we were well taken care of.  Even going so far as jumping off his motorbike and redirect traffic to free up a path for our auto to get through a jam in Mymensingh City … right in front of the Traffic Police who did not seem to be doing anything, neither did they care. I loaded lots of photos on Facebook so check them out here:

And a few for the blog too ….. Sightseeing first.

This is the Zainul Abedin Museum which held a wonderful art exhibition of this Mymensingh local's work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zainul_Abedin_Museum

This is the Zainul Abedin Museum which held a wonderful art exhibition of this Mymensingh local’s work.

For more info on the artist, click here.

Boating on the Brahmaputra River

Boating on the Brahmaputra River

Rabbani Bhai with some treats for us in case we get hungry - as if that would ever happen, we never stopped eating!

Rabbani Bhai with some treats for us in case we get hungry – as if that would ever happen, we never stopped eating!

Jarrod with our captain, sun setting behind

Jarrod with our captain, sun setting behind

The Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh, considered the largest agricultural college in Asia.

The Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh, considered the largest agricultural college in Asia.

Link to university website.

Mymensingh has it's own arts theatre - Bowen Island take note!!

Mymensingh has it’s own arts theatre – Bowen Island take note!!

After a deluge, the kids mucking around (literally) on the football pitch

After a deluge, the kids mucking around (literally) on the football pitch

Train coming through town

Train coming through town

And now to Food.  See also Facebook for photos of the BLC kitchen.

Delicious curd made at the  university. It was nearly as good as the King Curd of Bhaktapur, Nepal!

Delicious curd made at the university. It was nearly as good as the King Curd of Bhaktapur, Nepal!

These are gam, the fruits we got in the village and also from Rabbani Bhai's garden. Delish

These are gam (pronounced jam), the fruits we got in the village and also from Rabbani Bhai’s garden. Delish

Example of one of the many snacks served, we were not always at the BLC for snack time thankfully. The egg-shaped things are actually balls of sugar and milk, reduced down to make a paste, then made into balls and soaked in a syrup. The bread item is like chapati's deep fried and sprinkled with sesame.

Snacks.  The egg-shaped things are actually balls of sugar and milk, reduced down to make a paste, then made into balls and soaked in a syrup. The bread item is like chapati’s deep fried and sprinkled with sesame.

Jackfruit for dessert

Jackfruit for dessert

Monda is a Mymensingh speciality - again sugar galore with milk, very very sweet

Monda is a Mymensingh specialty – again sugar galore with milk, very very sweet

A typical lunch or dinner - a mountain of rice, deepfried fish and/or chicken, french fries for the westerners and cucumber with limes. What's not in the photo is a gorgeous chicken curry or fish curry, and a wonderful eggplant curry.

A typical lunch or dinner – a mountain of rice, deepfried fish and/or chicken, french fries for the westerners and cucumber with limes. What’s not in the photo is a gorgeous chicken curry or fish curry, and a wonderful eggplant curry.

And to Badminton – despite the hot and humid weather, we still managed to play a spot of badminton – no G&Ts tough :-(. Girls versus Boys, I think they were evenly matched.

Competitive game!

Competitive game!

Fabia getting ready for her now infamous smash hit

Fabia getting ready for her now infamous smash stroke

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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One Response to Fun & Food in Mymensingh District

  1. Renu says:

    Verry kool!

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