Memories of Bangladesh

Bangladesh has suprised me with it’s beauty, warmth and calm. I have such fond memories and happy thoughts of Dhaka. I was only there 10 days ago and I’m already planning when I can get back there.

 

I had been warned continuously of the shocking things I would see and experience. How Bangladesh is very much a developing country which still has a long way to go. I was told to constantly be on alert for my safety and to be weary of everyone. But really, I did not expereince this.

I felt happy and safe at all times. I felt the roads were reasonably organised and people even stuck to the lanes and followed the road rules, surprising in South Asia. I saw poverty yes, and not wanting to become compacent or immune to the harshness of these peoples lives, but I do now understand that with a population size so large, not all can be having the same living stanard. More than 21 million people live in Dhaka, and with 160 million plus in the country, it is one of the most densly populated countries in the world. There is to be expected some difficulties in regard to getting everyone equal conditions. It’s hard to see-  but I cannot place my own society and cultural perspectives onto this society. Nor can I indulge the street life by giving into begging. There are ways to deal with this and I strongly believe that we can do a better job in greater umbers by then small amounts to individuals.

 

Wow- bit of a rant but it’s what I have experienced and seen.

I didn’t read the papers when there, but was often given a run down by one of my colleagues. Murders, rapes, divorces, riots and strikes. This was the norm in the paper everyday, but to be fair, it is found in many other countries too. There is most certainly corruption and I believe in time this will be changed as more international companies move in and outside organisations and NGO’s work with local governments and businesses. But things do take time.

 

Wonderful though to see a female Prime Minister. I was also informed that the opposition leader is also a woman, and the Secretary is also a Woman. This is some sought of progress at least, for female kind. There were lots of women in employment as well in various roles, and men seemed to be respectful.

 

To the Freedom Fighters of Bangladesh

 

I would like to spend more time in Beautiful Bangladesh and understand it a little better. Perhaps in a way though, I don’t want to delve too deep and see the inner workings of the country, I’m sure there are things in the way they run the country that they are not proud of but the same can be said about Australia.

My Beautiful Day at the Beauty Parlour in Bangladesh

Beautiful Bangladesh is the Tourism Boards phrase at the moment and they certainly delivered – not only with their lovely country but also in making me feel beautiful with a relazing day at the beauty parlour.

 

 

These women really know how to pamper you. 3 hours worth of beauty treatments and I felt like a goddess!!

Starting with a 1 hour full body massage using beautiful oils smelling of rich jasmine and camomile. Spices are added to the hot oil in order to heat the skin when it is rubbed in and relax the muscles. My thoughts wandered to beautiful places and took me on a journey of many of the incredible places I’ve visited over the past few years.

Having my feet washed in rose petals and lime water before the massage

Following this relaxing treatment was the facial. Most facials have you sitting in a chair or laying a bed and your body is covered so only the neck and face are given the luxurious care. Not with this one they didn’t! Two ladies were in there with me for the 1.5 hour treatment. I had my arms, legs , shoulders and back cleansed, exfoliated, cleansed again and moisturised. It was amazing. I didn’t realise they could do so man creative things to cleanse my skin. Finishing with some relaxin music and a cold pureed cucumber mask – I left smelling like a  fruit and vegetable market and with skin shimmering like a pearl.

Relaxed and Fresh after Treatment no.2

Before I went on to my final beauty session, I was given a refreshing glass of mango juice and some locally made white chocolate chip biscuits. Such care is taken to make your experience truly relaxing and hospitable.

Yummy snack to keep my energy levels up for the next relaxation session

I then floated into the manicure and pedicure room. Again, I had 2 wonderful ladies with me the whole time. One for hands and one for feet. They took great care in dealing with my not so pretty feet and my very worn hands. My arms and legs were again cleansed, exfoliated and moisturised. My skin has never seen such ttention and care- it’s going to go into shock when it gets back to cold Melbourne. I chose a gorgeous burnt orange to go with my outfit for the day and I felt pretty as a picture.

 

 

This was the perfect thing to end my amazing trip to Bangladesh and really highlight the skills of the people there, the kindness and warmth in their hearts, and the effort and pride they take in making people feel welcome and well served. I was so happy with everyone there and wish I could go every week.

The Beauty Parlour is called Persona, and they can be found in a number of locations in Bangladesh.

http://www.persona.com.bd/

I went to the Gulshan location and highly recommend it. Good area for shopping as well!