First steps in the City

Today was my second day spent on the streets in Dhaka, visiting stores in different areas of the city.

It felt great to finally be on the streets, among the daily life, really feeling the city’s vibe.

I posted some pictures and videos on my Instagram (also, take a look at my Instagram Story on the app if you want to see more)


It was hot but not unbearable. The shalwar kameez is actually good  for this weather as it helps protects from the sun & dust and the light fabric and oversized shape let’s the air in.

I sometimes felt like an animal in a zoo (I didn’t see any other “westerner”) but I am amazed at how brave and independent the children are. They would run up to me (or sometimes just stare with a very curious look) and then ask “Hello, what’s your name, Ma’am” ? And then giggle.


This one girl walked beside me for awhile but the language barrier made it hard to communicate so we took some pictures & selfies instead. She’s 8 and her name sounded like Reema.


Random thoughts:

  • I felt completely safe, (as long as I watched my step) and I was with several collegues so I didn’t have to worry about getting lost.
  • Not being able to communicate is frustrating:  I will start Bengali lessons this week 🙂
  • It’s noisy (the honking is constant) but not smelly.
  • Today was extremely dusty and the air was heavily polluted, it was sometimes hard to breathe.


Coming next:

  • FOOD and eating without a fork
  • Videos of my drives to work
  • Local stores in Dhaka & the food distribution network
  • Bengali lessons



PS : thank you so much for all your kind comments and encouragements 🙂


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  1. Your observations are very informative, addressing what “travel writers” often overlook and what will be helpful for me when I undertake my first visit to Bangladesh. And the children you picture are so beautiful, full of life! (Your photograph of the group is a prizewinner.) Thank you for taking the time to share so much with us, Leslie (a Francophile who came to you through your wonderful mother)


  2. Those children are beautiful. Do you see many women on the streets? I do not see many in the photos. Food pix please:)


    1. Hi Jackie,
      I’d say there are more men (also because of construction work, delivery men…) but there are many women as well.
      And yes the children are gorgeous, full of life and energy 🙂


  3. WOW I am so excited by your posts….and love the observations shared….I really look forward to each new endeavor and experience-I think of you throughout the day and wonder how it is going-because this is life for three months-so much admiration-georgeanne


  4. What an adventure you are having. I once taught at a school in Kampala, Uganda – the Aga Khan Primary school. The children were lovely and fortunately for me they all spoke English.


  5. The social business model that Grameen Danone developed sounds very promising. I look forward to learning all I can about it.


  6. I follow your mom – I’m an American living long term in Switzerland. Now I’m following you! Blessings on your time in Bangladesh – may you learn much and bring home outstanding memories.


  7. Chelsea..thank you for taking the time to share your journey with us..what a selfless act of love on you part for three months. Many people’s lives will be changed for the better. Because of you. The children are are you. Be safe . Will pray all goes well for you. Hugs from Minnesota. Pam


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