we got on the rocket on Saturday evening wed tried to locate the university bus company depot and main bus hub at Curzon hall in Dhaka but it was the ,off, day most things have an off day,buses,trains,boats,it let's them catch up eoyh their schedules when everything has gone just too far long such as the seven hour train delays,it was frustrating with the buses as it turned out to be a great areas for the brtc double deckers and the university buses have Mandy ex brtc older models in service wrd seen a few on farm gate a busy thoroughfare.
excuse more mistakes than usual I'm burning up and sat on the you know where with the toilet roll running out and in a fever. I'd have a shower if I could feel comfortable for a few minutes. the rocket departure was that late and was the usual chaos,lots of security standing around doing nothing while all sorts of people were leaping onto the ship unchallenged and obviously ticketless. we had s meal on board goodness help us but it was pretty grim I mainly had rice which was apparently well cooked. the boat is from 1929 and I think it has just been let to deterorate over the years and at least the ostrich we were on needs some tender care and attention. the engines were converted to diesel as late as 1993 ish, it was built in Calcutta. just found the spateloo roll, the fever is dying down a bit now tummy just sore more than anything,I'll be extra careful now just stick to bananas and bottled water and I should be safe until we get yo the oberoi in Calcutta where everything is cooked in safe water.
the journey itself is very relaxing, we were disappointed to find that there would be no rocket ship to pass on its return mid way as it was that wretched off day from the other end then previous day. getting shots of the boat when on board is obviously impossible although martin was very quick to spot a rocket heading in to berth before we left Dhaka and we got shots of that. at the end of the journey we had a small launch to take us across the river to the ambulance which had been booked to take us on yo Khulna the regional capital.
the hotel here is OK enough it even has a swimming pool but no water and a bar with no well you are probably in front of me,actually cans of heinejin which would pitch it at about eight quid a pint. the nar is seedy and dark and we have already decoded to pass on it as we have our own supplies,I've obviously noe retired injured from dining so martin has gone down on his own but we did have a gin and lemojdae before I succumbed.
the internet didn't work at first but their chap came up to our rooms and sorted,no ideas what the problem was but it seems a strong signal,I'm probably too tired to do much listening to radio from UK or trying YouTube for the sospd but I'll give it a go. I dlrpy very little on board last night, this hotel seems to be not so noisey as others and there is some give in the mattress thank goodness.
we need to get our route out sorted tomorrow over to India as its obviously difficult with the blockade on and the hartals back again, many people are just too terrified tontravle and some of the carriers don't want to risk their buses. thousands of Indian truck are reported to be stranded at the boarder scared to enter the country.