Category Archives: Bangladesh

Blog Bangladesh

I have been checking out this guy’s blog periodically since February.  There is some good stuff on there about Bangladesh, Dhaka, restaurants, art, news, etc. etc.

The posts are informative, insightful, and have some great pictures of where we are going to live.  What I like about the blog is that every post appears to be some sort of magazine page.  I can’t quite figure it out – it appears as if he writes for a periodical of some sort, but I can’t find a reference on his blog.  If it is a magazine, I would totally pick it up when we get there.

Here are a couple of posts to check out right from the get go.

Gulshan Tank Parkmere blocks from our future apartment. You can actually see the park on Google maps.  I do not know why it is called Tank Park.  I could see no tanks in the picture and there were none on the Google map either.  I assume it has something to do with the 1971 war for independence.

A nice looking restaurant in Dhaka looks reasonably priced, authentic and delicious.  If you come I will take you there.

New Teacher Orientation

Yesterday we got our schedule for the “New Teacher Orientation Week”.  If you are not a teacher in a public school district this may not mean much to you, but if you are a teacher in a public school system and are not surprised then read the sentence again and check the date.  Yes, it is mid JUNE.  NOT the week before workshops – or in some years, the first day of workshops.  At least that is the way it has been in the public school districts I have been in.  In the worst possible example, we got our schedule every day at about 10:00 am for the rest of the day.  How do you plan for anything????!!!????

This schedule has come MONTHS in advance.

Anywho, the schedule is awesome.  Busy and possibly a little tiring, but awesome.  I have never in my life had a workshop week schedule that included the following sentences: “Overview of household help”, “Security Issues and De-brief conducted by US Embassy”, and best of all….”Time in Classrooms”!!!!

  • Divisional Curriculum Time (x 2)
  • Hiring of Personal Driver, Cook and Bearer
  • Dinner Out
  • SHOPPING!!!
  • Dinner at ___(fill in person’s house)
  • Time with Principal

Just the fact that the word US EMBASSY appears anywhere on my schedule is far superior to my former workshop week schedules.

The wind down….

Kind of surreal at the moment.

7 days left of the school year.  7 days left until I am no longer a teacher in the Robbinsdale School district.  7 days until I can wrap up my curriculum, pack up my room, turn in my keys, and hand over my materials to someone else.  From that moment on my entire focus will be on getting the family packed, organized, and moved across the world.

I have been waiting for this day, but at the same time I have been dreading it.  Not that I think we made a mistake in deciding to move and teach in Bangladesh, but rather….well….it is easy to keep doing the same thing day after day and year after year.  To know what to expect over the summer and what will happen next year.    I have been looking forward to this day, because it is a great unwritten adventure waiting to happen, but now that it is upon me I may be getting a case of the cold feet.  Oh, we will go through with it, but every once in a while, when I stop to actually THINK about what is happening, my feet start to shiver.

Kind of surreal at the moment.

Today I started packing up some of the things in my room.  A few of my students that I have had for years started to notice.  “What are you doing?” they asked, “Why are you doing that now?”, “We’re not ready for you to go!” And in some ways neither am I.  In many ways I am – it is hard to live your life with your feet in two different worlds.

Over the next several days I will begin bringing boxes home and adding them to the chaos that is our packing right now.  The room will slowly become bare and the materials that I am leaving for next year will be packed in a box for…….who knows.  I still haven’t been able to figure that one out (no idea what they are doing next year).

This past weekend, Jenni and I had 4 days off (Jenni had 5!!!).  It was extremely hard to muster the motivation to go back into RMS and finish off the year.  Yet, I did it (not to be snarky, but this is a skill that some of my students could learn).

If you are a fellow teacher at RMS – I apologize in advance for my distracted demeanor.  My inability to hold a lengthy conversation and the appearance that I do not care what happens at the school next year.  It is not you, it’s me.