Beggars In Bangladesh – A Reality of Life in Dhaka

Beggars are part of daily life in Dhaka, as they are in India. They are on every street, often with missing limbs, physical deformities, and naked babies hanging from their arm. Many foreigners feel sad and uncomfortable by the presence of beggars. For many expats, the hardest part is when out and about in town. … Read more Beggars In Bangladesh – A Reality of Life in Dhaka

A Unique Time To Be A Tourist in Your Home Town

Where have all the beggars gone, long time missing? Maybe the way of the tourist trinket shops. It’s a sadly unique time to be a tourist. The streets are empty in a way that one just would not have imagined. Normally, over 60 million tourists visit Italy. Due to the pandemic, not only the international, … Read more A Unique Time To Be A Tourist in Your Home Town

Tourist Trap Lima – Be Part of the Entertainment, Not!

“Eat seafood at the fisherman’s harbor.” That sounds authentic, cheap, and quaint, no? I allowed myself and a friend to get taken there. I had driven past this beach and harbor many times. The area is almost always a traffic choke point as the cars going to the Regattas club inch past the millions going … Read more Tourist Trap Lima – Be Part of the Entertainment, Not!

Traffic in Lima – Is it the Worst?

I’ve heard lots of people tell me that Lima has the worst traffic… but then, Cairo, Dhaka, Bangkok, Delhi, LA, Santo Domingo, and a few others all claim that title. Even in Port of Spain, they claim to have the worst. I was inclined to say that Dhaka still holds the title. But, there are … Read more Traffic in Lima – Is it the Worst?

Expat

I have more than two decades of experience living “overseas” and I have lived in more than nine countries. All the expat “advice” is mine completely (unless I say otherwise), and I’m glad if it helps in any way. The bidet in Italy. The money of Italy. Unexpected things about moving to Rome. Tipping in … Read more Expat

The Good Realities of Life in Dhaka

Now that I wrote about the “realities” of life in Dhaka, I’ll tell you some of the “good realities” of life here in Dhaka. Industriousness: Everywhere. Every time the car slows down, three or four hawkers will come tap on the window and try to get you to buy their wares. Some of the most … Read more The Good Realities of Life in Dhaka

The Realities of Daily Life in Dhaka

***September 2013*** This blog posting continues to get read, so I thought I’d make sure it was still up to date. It is. Still “same, same” as those t-shirts in Cambodia and Thailand keep saying, saying. I thoroughly enjoy Dhaka, but it occurred to me that some of you might want to know the “realities” … Read more The Realities of Daily Life in Dhaka