NEW YEAR'S DAY 2014
So, 1st January 2014 didn't quite see us winging our way from Glasgow to Dubai to Dhaka but it certainly didn't mean our hearts and thoughts weren't there. The four of us - Jacqui, Allan, Simon and myself all regrouped in a certain flat in Edinburgh and created our own little world of Bangladesh for the day.
Dressed in our best salwar kameezes and serving (if not cooking, that honour goes to Lazeez, the best take-away in the city!) our version of a Bangladeshi picnic on the sitting room floor, we raised a toast and made our plans for a visit in April.
The travel blockades throughout Bangladesh, the main reason we deferred the trip, ran from December through to the 13th January. This would have left us two days to get to and from Bhola (down in the Bay of Bengal and an overnight boat trip away) in two days... virtually impossible! So on balance it was the right decision. Now, let's just get on with the business of reapplying for those visas.
I think the sign is a version of Happy New Year in Bangla; that's the sentiment anyway...!