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.
For more info on the artist, click here.
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!
Jarrod with our captain, sun setting behind
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!!
After a deluge, the kids mucking around (literally) on the football pitch
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!
These are gam (pronounced jam), the fruits we got in the village and also from Rabbani Bhai’s garden. Delish
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
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.
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.
Fabia getting ready for her now infamous smash stroke