844 days, 20,256 hours, 1,215,360 minutes, or 72,921,600 seconds. That is the approximate duration of my world tour. I never wanted it to end and now, in a manner of speaking, I suppose it never has to. If you wish to go by country do so by clicking on one above. They are numbered in the order I visited them, more or less. If you enjoy reading about it even a tenth as much as I enjoyed living it then you will not have wasted your time. Grab a refreshing beverage, settle in a comfortable chair, and make a journey across the world, experiencing it as I did. Then get off your ass and check it out for yourself. You're not getting any younger.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Life is Flimsy, Bow to Whimsy (Bangladesh)

Dec 16th, 2009 - I'm nothing if not whimsical. Tomorrow I will find myself in Bangladesh for two months of doing whatever the hell it is I will be doing there. For this sojourn I have a playmate, a Brit named Alex. Together we will explore the magic that is the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove swamp in the world and a World Heritage Site. Its most famous inhabitant? The Royal Bengal Tiger. We are hoping to cross paths with one of the beasts without becoming a part of its diet. Apparently, that is a frequent occurrence. I've read that Joe Villager is attacked every three days or so on average. We are dedicated and pretty much willing to do whatever it takes to see one of these beautiful animals in the wild, short of donning a deer costume and hanging raw meat around our necks. I've tried before but came up short (To see a tiger, not the costume and meat thing). Hopefully, I will have better luck this time around. Fortune favors the bold......or the quixotically idiotic.

The cost of Bangladesh visa? $131. Why not just make it an even $131.48? When I called the embassy I was told it would take 15 days. After I dropped off my passport I was informed that my visa would be ready that afternoon, five hours later. Okey dokey. They have posters hanging in the embassy that read Bangladesh: Come Before The Tourists Do. Gotta love it. [Author's Note: Turns out the $131 price tag is a sort of reciprocal 'F**k You!'. Apparently, that is the US visa fee for Bangladeshis wanting to visit America. As far as Nepal goes I plan on returning after B'desh. I feel I would be remiss without at least laying eyes on the tallest mountain in the world. Then again, who knows? I hear North Korea is lovely in the springtime. 

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