So Chris has finally made it back from his latest overseas jaunt, this time in rarely visited Bangladesh where he was working on another human rights initiative. As usual, he has returned from his latest mission with a number of inappropriate anecdotes but hardly any photos to show for his misadventures (he likes to pretend he was too busy working) – but with the help of his lovely colleagues he did manage a few snapshots which I thought I would share below, along with some photos from his little holiday to Doha, Qatar, a treat he thought he deserved on his way back to Peru. Pah.

Bangladesh:

travel to bangladesh rickshawstravel to Bangladesh rikshawRickshaw drivers in Dhaka – Chris reckons on a hardwork-to-low-income ratio, these guys do badly by pretty much any standard! (with thanks to Amy Nghe for the lovely second photo)

travel to bangladesh view of dakatravel to bangladesh daka

Dhaka from above and also at ground level, where apparently chaos reigns supreme.

Qatar

travel to bangladesh rickshaw and chris with parrot

Chris with a pretty bird on his arm, not for the first time (yes, I’m referring to me) in Suok Whaqif, Doha.

Quatar mosque

The State Grand Mosque in Doha, built to encourage inter-faith cooperation.

quatar souk spices

Chris said you’d have to be nuts to visit Doha in the summer. I know, but pity poor me who’s had to put up with such ‘jokes’ for nearly 12 years now.

So here was a small glimpse of Dhaka and Doha in case you have ever wondered, which leads me to wonder if you have you ever been to a country that is not particularly famous for tourism and if so, how did you find it? And, dare I ask with reference to Qatar, if any of you visited a country where attitudes to women are apparently a bit…restrictive…and if so, how did you feel about that?

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Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

22 Thoughts on “Another rare stamp for Chris’ passport

  1. We’ve visited a few Middle Eastern countries (Jordan, Egypt and U.A.E.) and I think it is just important to respect the culture and wear appropriate clothing as a woman. Even if you don’t fully comprehend what a different culture believes, I think first and foremost it’s important to be open-minded and respectful 😉
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm said:

      I absolutely agree Emily. I think it is important to respect local cultures and dress moderately as a woman. It is a shame though that they won´t let women into bars or museums by themselves. They always have to be accompanied by men. Oh well, at least women in Quatar are allowed to vote. They are not in some other Middle Eastern countries.

  2. Tammy, We visited Qatar earlier this year, and I’ve posted a few articles on it. I loved it. I haven’t been to Bangladesh, yet…it seems rough…even for me.
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm said:

      From what Chris said Bangladesh is definitiely quite rough. Very different to any other Asian countries he has been to.

  3. Sounds like a fun trip nonetheless.
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm said:

      Definitely Christopher. I think it is good to try out countries that are not very touristy every now and then.

  4. Hi Tammy, I’ve been to Egypt and Tunisia a few times and it was fine. You do have to be sensitive to their culture and religion otherwise, why go there. I did see many Europeans in Egypt not complying, and lying on the beach topless. Awfully embarrassing to say the truth.

    We’re going to Asia this summer via Qatar and with an overnight stopover. I’m quite looking forward to it as I’ve never been to a “real” Middle Eastern State before. I’ll also be with my husband and son so that’ll probably give me the air of respectability, as I look much younger than I actually am LOL!

    I’m also wearing my jeans, a T-shirt, and a thin zip-up jacket to be on the safe side as I don’t wear dresses on planes!

    As far as attitudes to women are concerned, it’s not an easy battle anywhere but I try to enlighten women in any way I can. Thankfully, I’m an expat and I live in Germany which has solid rights but quite frankly, equal opportunities anyone?
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 9, 2014 at 4:40 pm said:

      I don´t understand female tourists who completely disrespect local cultures and dress indecently. I have seen lots of people doing it in Asia too when we lived there. It doesn´t take a lot of effort to cover up in certain situations. I think if you are going with your husband you will be fine. Chris´female colleague tried to go into a museum by herself, but they wouldn´t let her. She was only allowed to go in with a man. So I am with you on the equal opportunities pledge Victoria. 😉

  5. I’ve heard good things about Qatar despite the restrictions on women and its piqued my curiosity. I’d also love to visit Bangladesh. I’ve actually been contemplating Bangladesh and Sri Lanka a lot lately. I’d love to start incorporating more off the beaten path destinations into my travels!
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm said:

      I think Sri Lanka is probably much easier to travel in than Bangladesh. Bangladesh is not very touristy at all and the crowds and sheer poverty that is right in your face (much more so than in any other country in Asia) can be difficult for some people. But if you like a challenge then I think Bangladesh would be a really interesting country to explore.

  6. In the last few years I heard a lot of good things about Qatar, despite the problem with the respect to womans. In a few week I am visiting Bangladash, quite excited about it.

    • Tammyonthemove on June 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm said:

      Oh Bangladesh will be an exciting place to travel to. Chris was just in the capital, but I am sure there will be little hidden gems in the rest of the country.

  7. Dhaka’s traffic is a nightmare I hear. However, I do hope to visit Dhaka and savour some amazing Bangladesh sweets!
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  8. Bangladesh is on our list for next year while we will pass India, Nepal, etc…
    While it’s pretty “retrictive” for a woman, I think it’s important to respect their tradition and kind of got use to the idea that I will have to wear a veil.

    I honestly don’t know how I feel about it, it’s not my believes but I think it’s important when you visit a place to respect the local culture.
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    • Tammyonthemove on July 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm said:

      How exciting! I hope you are having a good time. Chris actually only witnessed dismissive behaviour towards women in Quatar (where his female friend wasn`t allowed into a museum without male company; as well as women not being allowed into bars, yet the bars were full of prostitutes), not Bangladesh. I agree with you to respect local traditions and wearing a veil is definitely a good idea and it will show locals that you respect their culture.

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  10. i never knew before that Dhaka is beautiful too…

    thanks for sharing.
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  11. Great post! Thanks for sharing. We’ve visited a number of geographical area countries and that I assume it’s simply necessary to respect the culture and where applicable covering as a girl. Albeit you don’t absolutely comprehend what a unique culture believes, I believe 1st and foremost it’s necessary to be broad-minded and respectful. Thanks, ones again.

    • Tammyonthemove on February 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm said:

      Absolutely Thomas. If something is different to what your are used to, it is all to easy to dismiss it as worse, but I think it is also important to try and understand the differences in culture.

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