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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:12 pm

Leaving Bangladesh later today. I was obviously aware that I was entering a 3rd world country, and realised it would most likely challenge both my patience and thinking. It’s certainly done that. The difficulty just getting around is unbelievable. Yesterday I went to another export zone and it was a 2 hour drive across Dhaka. At certain times the roads were not much more than dirt tracks, and you can only go at about walking pace. The sheer humanity is overwhelming. They don’t see many westerners in this part of the world so I’ve been copping stares of almost disbelief all week. It’s quite off putting. As for the customers, while the speak reasonable english, their accents and tendency to mumble make it difficult to understand what they are saying. So my Indian counterpart is acting as an interpreter.

Can honestly say, I’ve never looked forward more to leaving a country as much before. No hurry to come back here either!
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:36 pm

Oh and I forgot to mention the outbreak of Dengue in Bangladesh is claiming 5 lives a day, according to the local paper....
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:53 pm

After 4 days I’m out of Bangers... well through immigration at least. Found the Priority Pass Lounge and stumped up for 2 hours. No grog!!!!! Bloody Muslim countries!!!
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Wedgie » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:03 pm

Geezus, you will need a holiday after this jaunt!
I'm not putting Bangladesh on my list to visit after your reviews.
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:05 pm

Wedgie wrote:Geezus, you will need a holiday after this jaunt!
I'm not putting Bangladesh on my list to visit after your reviews.

It’s awful.
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Booney » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:36 pm

Shit yourself yet?
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Spargo » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:57 pm

Booney wrote:Shit yourself yet?


You talking to Corona Man?
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:20 pm

Spargo wrote:
Booney wrote:Shit yourself yet?


You talking to Corona Man?

No all good on that front! In Mumbai now and had an ok breakfast, some western choices for a change!

Off to the Indian office now, no doubt that will give me the shits quickly!
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby am Bays » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:32 pm

Corona Man wrote:Leaving Bangladesh later today. I was obviously aware that I was entering a 3rd world country, and realised it would most likely challenge both my patience and thinking. It’s certainly done that. The difficulty just getting around is unbelievable. Yesterday I went to another export zone and it was a 2 hour drive across Dhaka. At certain times the roads were not much more than dirt tracks, and you can only go at about walking pace. The sheer humanity is overwhelming. They don’t see many westerners in this part of the world so I’ve been copping stares of almost disbelief all week. It’s quite off putting. As for the customers, while the speak reasonable english, their accents and tendency to mumble make it difficult to understand what they are saying. So my Indian counterpart is acting as an interpreter.

Can honestly say, I’ve never looked forward more to leaving a country as much before. No hurry to come back here either!


See any Richard the Thirds being done?
Let that be a lesson to you Port, no one beats the Bays five times in a row in a GF and gets away with it!!!
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:35 pm

am Bays wrote:
Corona Man wrote:Leaving Bangladesh later today. I was obviously aware that I was entering a 3rd world country, and realised it would most likely challenge both my patience and thinking. It’s certainly done that. The difficulty just getting around is unbelievable. Yesterday I went to another export zone and it was a 2 hour drive across Dhaka. At certain times the roads were not much more than dirt tracks, and you can only go at about walking pace. The sheer humanity is overwhelming. They don’t see many westerners in this part of the world so I’ve been copping stares of almost disbelief all week. It’s quite off putting. As for the customers, while the speak reasonable english, their accents and tendency to mumble make it difficult to understand what they are saying. So my Indian counterpart is acting as an interpreter.

Can honestly say, I’ve never looked forward more to leaving a country as much before. No hurry to come back here either!


See any Richard the Thirds being done?

Haha no. I think that’s an urban myth. The locals tend to squat so it may look like they are punching one out!

They do tend to spit a lot which is a bit rough.
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby bertiebeatle » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:48 pm

Corona Man wrote:
am Bays wrote:
Corona Man wrote:Leaving Bangladesh later today. I was obviously aware that I was entering a 3rd world country, and realised it would most likely challenge both my patience and thinking. It’s certainly done that. The difficulty just getting around is unbelievable. Yesterday I went to another export zone and it was a 2 hour drive across Dhaka. At certain times the roads were not much more than dirt tracks, and you can only go at about walking pace. The sheer humanity is overwhelming. They don’t see many westerners in this part of the world so I’ve been copping stares of almost disbelief all week. It’s quite off putting. As for the customers, while the speak reasonable english, their accents and tendency to mumble make it difficult to understand what they are saying. So my Indian counterpart is acting as an interpreter.

Can honestly say, I’ve never looked forward more to leaving a country as much before. No hurry to come back here either!


See any Richard the Thirds being done?

Haha no. I think that’s an urban myth. The locals tend to squat so it may look like they are punching one out!

They do tend to spit a lot which is a bit rough.


I noticed the spitting in China. Wasn’t expecting every second person to spit non stop
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Jim05 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:17 pm

bertiebeatle wrote:
Corona Man wrote:
am Bays wrote:
Corona Man wrote:Leaving Bangladesh later today. I was obviously aware that I was entering a 3rd world country, and realised it would most likely challenge both my patience and thinking. It’s certainly done that. The difficulty just getting around is unbelievable. Yesterday I went to another export zone and it was a 2 hour drive across Dhaka. At certain times the roads were not much more than dirt tracks, and you can only go at about walking pace. The sheer humanity is overwhelming. They don’t see many westerners in this part of the world so I’ve been copping stares of almost disbelief all week. It’s quite off putting. As for the customers, while the speak reasonable english, their accents and tendency to mumble make it difficult to understand what they are saying. So my Indian counterpart is acting as an interpreter.

Can honestly say, I’ve never looked forward more to leaving a country as much before. No hurry to come back here either!


See any Richard the Thirds being done?

Haha no. I think that’s an urban myth. The locals tend to squat so it may look like they are punching one out!

They do tend to spit a lot which is a bit rough.


I noticed the spitting in China. Wasn’t expecting every second person to spit non stop

Yep, I had to look twice the first time when I saw an elderly lady hock up a massive loogie and spit on the footpath in Beijing. Got used to it after awhile, everyone does it and the taxi drivers are the funniest
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:59 am

Out on the pi55 with a few of the lads in Mumbai in a Thursday night... joints going off, Punjabi style!
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby am Bays » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:00 am

Corona Man wrote:Out on the pi55 with a few of the lads in Mumbai in a Thursday night... joints going off, Punjabi style!

Anyone heard from CM, out on the p!ss with the Indian brothers did he open up on Virat Kohli after a few sherbets and is now some where “up the khyber”?
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby am Bays » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:01 am

am Bays wrote:
Corona Man wrote:Out on the pi55 with a few of the lads in Mumbai in a Thursday night... joints going off, Punjabi style!

Anyone heard from CM? Out on the p!ss with the Indian brothers did he open up on Virat Kohli after a few sherbets and is now some where “up the khyber”?
Let that be a lesson to you Port, no one beats the Bays five times in a row in a GF and gets away with it!!!
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:01 pm

Home now. Slept 14 hours last night going by Fitbit!

Thoughts on India. Had I gone there before Bangers I would have said the place is bedlam. By comparison to Bangers it’s organised. Mumbai is big, loud and dirty. Reminded me of Bangkok in as far as there are 5 star hotels, towering over shanty town dwellings.

Indians are used to seeing Westerners so I didn’t attract much attention. Went out for beers Thursday night, the Kingfisher goes ok. One bar had some weird sport on the big screen can’t recall the name of it. It’s kind of like team wrestling.... I will look up the name and see if I can find a link.

Edit: It’s called Kabaddi.

In another bar a few locals realised I was Australian... Ricky Ponting “wery good sir”...

Food. Indian food in India is something else. Even a mild dish is ******* hot!

Hotel. Very good no issue there.

Sri Lanka in October, and at this stage back to Bangers & Lanka in Jan/Feb next year.
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:20 pm

PART 2 - SRI LANKA

Off to Sri Lanka in a little over a fortnight for the 2nd leg of the sub continent. Meeting a Thai based colleague up there who will do the customer introductions etc. At his request we are staying at the Hilton Colombo - nice!

Leaving on a Saturday afternoon for the 11 hour (urrgghh) plane ride to Colombo. Will spend Sunday having a look around, before 4 days of meetings Mon-Thurs. Fly back out in the wee small hours of Friday, and land back in Melbourne Friday arvo.

I am expecting Sri Lanka to be at least pleasant when compared to Bangers & India.

Pat Pirate, any tips here?
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby PatowalongaPirate » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:01 pm

You will definitely enjoy it a lot more than Bangladesh. Sri Lankan curries/stews are bloody delicious and drinking a local Tea is advantageous with digestion.....then go back to the beers. Friendly lot too, but don’t mention Darrell Hair!
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby mighty_tiger_79 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:40 am

Don't break the curfew
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Re: Bangladesh, India & Sri Lanka

Postby Corona Man » Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:11 pm

mighty_tiger_79 wrote:Don't break the curfew

There is a curfew?
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