|On the bus waiting to explore Dhaka. Sage is an ostrich.|
|Entrance to Shankharia Bazar, or Hindu Street.|
|Drop-in anytime Hindu shrine on Hindu Street|
|The micro bus with all of us packed in like sardines.|
JUST KIDDING! This is a taxi (no, we are not allowed to take one). Notice how many times it has been beaten and repainted and bondo-ed :):):).
|THIS is the micro bus. Embassy-approved for travel, unlike the ramshackle taxi.|
The guide books bill Shankharia as one of the most photogenic streets in Dhaka. My pictures do not really do it justice. A new camera is at the top of our list of near-future purchases. The streets are super narrow with tall buildings packed with apartments on the top floors, and shops on the bottom level.
|View of apartments from the street. Below is inside view.|
|Small doorway off street, leading down narrow|
hallway to courtyard of a house. Above is the interior of
one room with a little girl
The courtyard is where the well is for bathing water, and the communal bathing area. For drinking water, the women or older children have to take their metal jugs to the pump in the street. Made us wonder about cholera.....
On the left is the communal bathing room in the house of apartments. On the right, the woman is filling her jug from the well. She was bathing by pouring the water over while she is fully-clothed.
|This woman posed for the cameras. The tour |
company probably had a deal worked
out with her, but it made for a nice photo op.
|As she walks away from her bathing, you can see |
the red streak in the part of her hair.
That denotes a married Hindu woman.
|This is the communal water faucet where you come for drinking water. They were located about one every block or two.|
|These are actually eggs to go with the perota; we didn't go there.|
|Beautiful drums of different shapes and sizes - a bit dusty.|
|It's like buying hair barrettes, |
but it's red dots for the forehead!
|Making delicious perota (like naan).|
|Still not sure why, but there were strings of |
marigolds and other flowers for sale all over.
|Lunch. We really didn't eat here, but I liked their presentation. Notice all of the sweets to the left.|