I am sitting in the waiting room at the consulate of Bangladesh in Kolkata, India. On the wall, I can see a huge poster reading the words “Visit Bangladesh Before the Tourists Come”. A very self-confident statement of one of the least visited countries on earth.
A few days later I board the train from Kolkata towards Bonagon, a border town between India and Bangladesh. When I think of trains in India, the image of hundreds of people riding on the roof of the train immediately jumps into my mind. Well, apparently that isn’t allowed anymore. That means that even more passengers have to squeeze inside the carriages. What follows is the craziest two hour train ride I have ever experienced. Nobody was able to move an inch from his position. They packed so many people into that train that it was even difficult to breathe because there was no space for my chest to expand. Insane.
This is part 2 of my journey arournd the world in 8 days. I you haven’t read the first part yet, you can access it here.
Guam, a tiny island South East of Japan, part of the territory of the United States. One part of the island is a US military base while the other is home to an endless number of both fast food joints and Japanese tourists. Life doesn’t seem very real here. I spend a day wandering around the main town and relaxing on the beach. After more than 24 hours without flying I am ready for the next chapter: Off to Palau.