The reason there have been so many strikes is that, constitutionally, the ruling government should have stepped down in October in preparation for the elections to be held in early January. They didn’t step down, which theoretically allows them to influence the upcoming elections more than they should. So for the last three months the opposition party has periodically called for “hartals” or strikes where no one is allowed to travel. Anyone who does drive into the city risks getting hit by a Molotov cocktail. These strikes have made it difficult for Dan to work, and the current one will prevent Dylan and I from going into downtown Dhaka at all.
This evening we went to a Christmas Concert at AISD – American International School Dhaka. The school itself seems pretty nice. For Dylan and I, who grew up in international schools, it’s interesting to compare the ones in different countries. On our way back to the apartment we accidentally took a motorized rickshaw – a bicycle that has been hooked up to an electric motor so it can zip through traffic, trailing a narrow seat for passengers. Fortunately we made it back in one piece!
Currently we are besieged by mosquitoes and probably going to bed soon. I’m glad we were able to stay awake all day in spite of struggling with jet lag! More adventures to follow in the coming weeks. =)