Posts Tagged ‘river’

Les rives de Saone

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Last Tuesday, Catie and I had planned to go with a small group of friends to Pérouges, a small Medieval walled town about an hour’s drive northeast of Lyon. Unfortunately, the trains (and subways, and trams, and busses it seemed like) were shut down due to the strikes currently going on in France (contesting a motion to shift the retirement age from 60 to 62). Things have actually gotten pretty intense here at times (as can be read in news articles and especially seen on YouTube), but Catie and I have avoided almost all of the rustle. In any case, we could not make it out to Pérouges, so instead we all decided to spend the afternoon walking up the Saône all the way to Ile Barbe, which happens to be the only inhabited island in all of Lyon. We were able to walk almost the whole way directly along the river, and the journey really was lovely with Autumn in full force.

Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 19, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on October 19, 2010.

Playing cards in the afternoon by the docks

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Recently I got to explore a bit more of Chittagong with Mow (the student who took me to the slums a while ago). This time we went to an older part of town along the Karnaphuli River. There was a small group of us and we walked around together for a bit checking out the scene along the waterfront. On our way back onto the streets I saw a group of men playing cards in the shade of a small hut constructed of bamboo poles and rain tarps. As my companions continued on down the street I drifted towards the men, excited about the photographic opportunity but also very curious at the first trace of games I’d seen in Bangladesh. They smiled at me as I approached and despite their not speaking a word of English and my speaking about four words of Bangla they seemed perfectly happy to have me hang out and watch. I couldn’t figure out what game they were playing, but often when someone would play a card he’d throw it down onto the pile with some serious gusto. (Perhaps this was a bit of showmanship on my behalf, but I actually think they were just really into the game. At one point it looked like a fight might break out between two of the men after a rather contentious round.)

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)

Photo taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on November 15, 2009.

I actually ended up hanging out there for a good half an hour. Mow and the others had long since continued on (only after my convincing Mow that I would be fine there alone and that I’d call her mobile to meet back up with them later). I would have stayed even longer were it not for a strange miscommunication between myself and a boy who had been watching me. He eventually came over to me and suggested that I should leave, and I thought it was because he was trying to tell me that I was bothering the men (which seemed quite odd since they had been so friendly to me the whole time) but the boy then walked down the street with me and it turns out he was just trying to get me to leave so that I would come with him into what I presume was either his home or most likely the place where he worked. I was a little annoyed at this but I just said no thank you, walked off, and called Mow to reconnect with the group. We found each other and spent a few more minutes wandering about before we left for the day.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Nov 15, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on November 15, 2009.

A short river stop back in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

At some point in the late afternoon during our boat ride up the Karnaphuli River, the captain decided we should stop and turn back even though we hadn’t quite reached Kaptai Lake. Before we began our long journey back to Chittagong however we enjoyed a short break on land in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. I’m not sure where we stopped or if it had a name – it wasn’t really a village so much as a roadside restaurant and lookout – but I did have my GPS recorder on for the whole journey.

GPS track of our boat ride on the Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh on November 7, 2009.

We were only there for about a half hour – just long enough to take a short walk up the road and back and then photograph some poor monkeys chained up on a bench as well as an old man breaking bricks in the magical late afternoon light.

Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)

Photo taken off the Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh on November 7, 2009.

I wish we could have spent longer exploring, and I wish Catie and I could have explored on our own at all really – we had a couple of the boat crew hovering over us most of the time and basically treating us like children (yelling at us to catch up and stay close whenever we lingered too far behind). It was nice to stretch our legs anyway and I was happy with the few images I got. I just love the Chittagong Hill Tracts: the color, the light, the solitude and the smells. I need to find more excuses to get out there.

Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)

Photos taken off the Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh on November 7, 2009.

I’ve got cabin fever! (I’ve got it toooo!)

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I swear I’m still not complaining, but did I mention that our boat ride on the Karnaphuli River lasted almost 9 hours? I thoroughly enjoyed the trip but there is no denying the fact that Catie and I started to exhibit some serious Muppet Treasure Island style cabin fever as the night wore on.

A brilliant scene from the movie Muppet Treasure Island featuring the song “Cabin Fever”.

I think everyone else had a good time too. Our boat was fairly large with two main levels of seating: one even with the main deck so that you could look out on either side over the water, and the other below deck (which as a result was not visited by anyone even once during the trip). There was also a bow and stern people could hang out on, so long as they didn’t obstruct the captain’s view too badly. The most popular place from which to enjoy the voyage though was by far on top of the boat roof. It was a great place to take photos during the day, and by the end of the night pretty much every single person was up there enjoying the cool night air and the starry sky above. In true Bengali style (and utterly in opposition to the USA’s hyper safety rules), the boat crew never batted an eyelid at our being up there, and we all greatly appreciated this laxity.

Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)

Photos taken on Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh on November 7, 2009.

Another river boat ride (but I’m not complaining)

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I seem to start every blog post with “a while ago Catie and I did such and such”, but I think it’s unavoidable and fitting since we get to do a lot of amazing stuff together here in South Asia, and despite my having a fair bit of time on my hands I can’t nearly edit and post photos as quickly as I can shoot them.

So, a couple weeks ago Catie and I joined most of the AUW staff and faculty for a boat ride up the Karnaphuli River which runs from the Bay of Bengal up past Chittagong and into the Hill Tracts. Our destination was Kaptai Lake, and although we didn’t make it there (despite being on the boat for a good eight hours) there was plenty to see throughout the journey. It was interesting to note the gradual change of scenery as we got farther away from Chittagong. The boats got smaller, the trees and grass grew thicker, and the buildings and houses became more modest. All along the way though there were always plenty of people utterly fascinated by the boat full of (mostly) white people.

Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)
Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh (Nov 7, 2009)

Photos taken on Karnaphuli River, Bangladesh on November 7, 2009.