As we hovered over Dhaka, Bangladesh, and peered out our window to see thick grey smog, we realized that this country was not that different from many large Canadian cities. However, once we landed we knew immediately we were in a completely different country, one that left you star struck.
The three weeks spent in Bangladesh were some of the most educational experiences of my life. Throughout that time we witnessed some of the poorest slums in the world and were exposed to incredible poverty, but at the same time we saw some amazing wildlife and got a small taste of an incredibly resilient culture; as well as doing a little buying for the business.
When people hear of Bangladesh they often think of poor infrastructure, floods, corrupt government and intense poverty. Most people overlook the positive aspects of the country. The People are very resilient and are able to do an incredible amount with very little. For example, Dhaka, the capital, is one of the fastest growing cities in the world; in order to handle this growth they somehow turn waste areas into twenty story building in just a few months, all by hand!!! As well the government is successfully protecting the Bengal Tiger, one of the world most majestic animals; now their number is increasing every year.
My trip to Bangladesh was one of the most emotional and influential trips of my life. This country has, and is still dealing with some very difficult challenges, but I saw proof that there is much hope that once again Bangladesh can become a strong and prosperous country.