5 days, 20 people, 1 boat and two smaller ones, 10 crew member, 2 guides, 1 armed force and sunshine:
Leaving Dhaka at 7 am with a bus to the river, cow market, lots of people watching…
Going on-board, after everybody found their rooms, we had a short meeting about „safety“ and the tour schedule. About the safety issues is to say that there are all necessary safety things on board, the only thing we see are rescue rings, but lets believe them.
Cruising down south is relaxed. Fishers are watching us while we watch them. Some kids are winking, some don´t. Many rockets/ferries pass us and we are all happy with our decision to have a private boat!
At night we sit on deck and sing, talk and welcome Magda´s birthday.
The night is shorter then expected, at 5:15 am the engine starts, for me horrible because I kind of sleep just above it. Beside that the cabin was very very warm, so I moved outside where the morning wind cooled me down and set me into sleep again.
Waking up finally at 8:30 am led me directly to breakfast. Roti, shobji, honey, egg and banana. Nice. After breakfast it all started like yesterday. Reading, sleeping, chatting. After lunch we did a short walk „through the forest“. It turned out that we walked around two ponds -anyway, going down from the boat after one and a half days was fine. We drove further into the Sundarbans and around five pm we reached our destination for a one hour boat trip. This was not really comfy but kind of nice. It felt a bit like meditation. Being quiet and waiting for the tiger to jump out of the forest, which none of them did. Of course. Only thing to hear was the clicking of the cameras and that was pretty annoying.
By the time we shipped quietly the sky got darker and then the first lightnings appeared. One was just next to us and loud as hell! But just when we arrived at our big boat, it started to rain. Massive lightnings, great clouds. I tried to take some pictures, this is what I got:
Lightning and no lightning. Allright.
Dinner. After deep fried potatos, tempera sobji, noodles with sauce and sweet curd for dessert we went on another silent boat trip. Noisy animals, mainly crickets, geckos. Also some weird fireflies or maybe lighted dragon flies sat in the trees and created a mystic atmosphere. Lovely.
Today is the day. Do we see a tiger? Do we see something? Dragonflies were everywhere on the boat and accompanied us in silence. But this morning everybody woke up early. We were supposed to get the wake up call at 6am, but the engine woke everyone up at 5:30am. Coffee, Tee and biscuits helped a lot to get ready. First thing to do this morning was a walk through the dense mangrove forest. They said, we need good walking shoes, Sandals are not proper enough. So they provided everyone shoes if needed. Comfort and fashion are hopefully not too important 😉 But before we needed to walk through the first river I decided that no shoes is a good shoe as well!
The forest was beautiful, the different mangrove trees create a cool landscape and some deer said hello, too.
After two hours we were slightly sweated but happy that we survived 🙂
And yes, we saw a tiger…footprint….