Nope. We’re definitely not. We’ve finally made it to our next stop of our journey: Bangladesh! But first, we’ll update you on our last few days in Thailand…
The last couple of days in Thailand were bittersweet. We began making good relationship with the people, we finally were starting to breakthrough to some of the kids, and then…goodbye! It was so great to be there and to spend time with the people, but it was definitely sad to leave.
We didn’t have a lot of big activities in the last couple of days, but we got to spend some quality time with Ricky and Karen, some of the kids, and another couple there, Walter and Judy. We’ve decided that were we to spend more time in Thailand, Walter and Judy would be our honorary dad and mom. So thanks for making our time special!
Our time in Thailand was a humbling experience. Being only there for 10 days, it’s hard to really feel like you’ve accomplished much, and you just hope that you’re time there was one that was able to be a blessing to others. But God desires of us to be obedient in every aspect–even in the little ways we were able to help during our time there. We were so encouraged by the people we were able to meet and the stories of the children at the orphanage. It’s just amazing how God can take a life that to the world, is completely worthless, and turn it into something that is so beautiful. We’re really thankful for our time in Thailand and were blessed that everything went so well.
After Thailand, we made the long, long journey to Malumghat, Bangladesh. Let me just say, at points during our flights I for sure thought we were going to crash straight into the Indian Ocean. But praise the Lord, we are still alive. 🙂 Our first flight was to Kolkata (Calcutta), India, and then another flight from there to Dhaka, Bangladesh. We were a little nervous that SOMEthing during the journey would go awry, being in countries where we couldn’t understand the language, but we were blessed that everything went as smoothly as it did! Arriving in Bangladesh, there was a man from the hospital, Priyotam, who was there waiting for Katie and I, holding a placard with our names on it. We were SO relieved to see him!! We drove with him to our guesthouse in Dhaka, and spent the night there, enjoying some AC for the first time in a long time! We also got to know Priyotam a little better, and we taught him how to play Dutch Blitz, and he taught us some Bengali card games!
The next day, we made the treacherous bus-ride down to Malumghat. What was supposed to be an 8-9 hour trip ended up being almost 12. And let me tell you…this was not just your normal bus ride. The only thing I can rightly compare it to is that of a Mario Kart game. The whole time, you’re dodging people, animals, carts, and other oncoming traffic. Seriously, the whole bus ride is just swerving around the road, narrowing escaping head-on collisions. For instance, on just a small 2-lane highway, our bus driver would try to pass people even when there was traffic coming the other way. Pretend like you’re playing chicken with cars, and that was kinda what it was like. Most of the time we’d be driving on the wrong side of the road and the other traffic would be forced to drive off the road to get out of our way. Awesome. And not just this, but people LOVE to honk their horn in Bangladesh! It’s like their favorite thing to do! When passing cars, when passing people, when there’s no one around–all the time. So needless to say, it was a little difficult to sleep when the horn was blaring every 5 seconds. ON THE UPSIDE…the seats were very comfy (they even lounged!..and they were massage chairs!…but the massage part didn’t work), lots of leg room, free water, and nice people. We made frequent stops along the way, and Katie almost got left one of the times, but that’s beside the point. Katie wants me to add that I also almost got left…which is also beside the point. But thankfully good 0l’ Priyotam was there to save the day. Seriously, without him we never would have made it. He was like our little bodyguard, telling us to “sit here,” or “get on the bus now,” even buying us a bag of potato chips…what a nice guy.
So now we are here in Bangladesh, safe and sound in our little guesthouse here at Malumghat. It is very nice here! In fact, it is beautiful. If you want a visual picture of what it’s like, you can think Jurassic Park style. Minus the dinosaurs. Sheesh, I need to wrap this up. It’s really great here though and we will definitely give you guys some pictures soon because it really is like a paradise jungle! We’ll also post some pictures of our new clothing ensembles! You can google shalwar kameez to get a good idea of what we have to wear here. Let’s just say, we look good.
Tomorrow Katie and I get a tour of the hospital, and on Monday we start observing! Pumped! We’re both very excited to jump in and see what working in the hospital here is like, so we’ll write about that soon I’m sure!
Okay, sorry this post was so long, there was just a lot to update on! Hope you all are having a great day!