Bangladesh Trains: you can get a seat whereever you want.. just use your immagination. Somehow there is space for everyone, don't worry.
At the lively shipyard in Dhaka hundreds of people cross the river everyday, perhaps to make shopping to the local market near the shore. Here, noise, dirt, and chaos are the main characters.
One shot from the crazy railways in Bangladesh.. at the moment the situation looks unusually calm and orderly. Almost a rare photo considering the normal chaos that reigns here daily.
I was hosted in a small village near the city of Comilla. Here the visitors are very rare, especially in this time of year. Therefore my presence did not pass unnoticed. Wherever I walked the locals greeted me enthusiastically inviting me to drink or eat something together.. or perhaps have a chat. The elderly and those who could speak a bit of English tried excited to have a conversation with this man came from far away (me).
After half an hour of waiting, the train load of people, both inside and outside, is allocated to the next village.. Latecomers try to climb on the train in some way.
Sadarghat is the old district of Dhaka near the famous shipyard. The streets of this area are impressively crowded and noisy, really a continuous flow of people and rikshò: a raging river. On these roads will be almost hard to walk and you will need to do the slalom in narrow passages.. The road becomes the sidewalk and viceversa.
During my stay in Bangladesh I have been hosted by a very nice family in a small village. This village which i do not remember the name, is located near the city of Comilla. The hospitality of the people is really great, definitely the best I've ever seen in my life.
This is one of the boatmen of the shipyard in Sadarghat. Once I arrived here I was approached by a man at the entrance.. supposedly nothing strange. This people are famous for their hospitality and there is always someone who wants to have a chat. This time there was something different and I've noticed it immediately.
Don't worry, there is space for everyone! The trains in Bangladesh are famous to be very crowded. The people can sit everywhere... if inside is totally full, there is still the roof. I guess the problem comes when it rains.
The bus in Bangladesh are not very easy to catch. First of all find the right one is more than an issue because not so many people can speak english and all the writings are in Bangla language. Once you find the right bus, the possible scene that you will withness is what you see on the picture.