11/08/2014

Sundarbans(3) -Day.2-

In the early morning, at 5pm.
Staff knocked our door, and we had coffee and left for morning boat trip.

Boat trip was organized in the morning.
Sky was veeeeeery beautiful.
It changes colour by each minute.
Birds were singing.
The sounds were clearer than yesterday evening boat trip.
As I stayed on the boat only with hearing sounds......I felt sleep.
Not only me, but also some people were half asleep, and an Italian guy who always seems sleepy lied on the boat.
However, it was good feeling.....temperature was good, slight wave of water was good, birds's song was good....
We didn't find much animals, but found a deer very close to us.
 
So finishing a boat tour, let's have breakfast.
The second day was Bengali breakfast with ruti, omelet, and daar.
I liked this simple Bengali breakfast.
However, an Italian said he couldn't believe to eat spicy food in the morning.
(He eats only sweet stuff for breakfast. It is also surprising.)
Wow, did I become Bangladeshi?
After breakfast, we had 1 hour break.
Then, leave for wild beach!
 
We left the vessel and walked grassland.
It was......actually hard because of sun.
It would have been good walking if sun was not that strong.

Yes, it was hot......
But we found deers again, so good.
 
After.....about 50 minutes of walking, we arrived at wild beach.
Beach?
It was high tide.
Waves were coming through trees.
People went to water and enjoyed waves.
I am tempted to go into water, but I couldn't help thinking of wet clothes and washing these.....
We spent time there for about 1 hour.
Though I didn't go into water, it was fun to see people excited in water.
 
Then, we went back the same way to vessel.
We again found deers, but some people seemed too tired to take pictures!
Including me.

Coming back the vessel, had lunch.



Food is basically curry, but there were varieties.
We had shrimp, fish, beef, chicken and mutton during the trip.
 
When we don't have activities, there are actually nothing special to do except chatting and eating.
Morning snacks are served between breakfast and lunch, evening snacks are served between lunch and dinner.
Sometimes keep eating.
 
In the afternoon, another activities.
We went to small trekking to find tiger(which is next to impossible).
We were divided into 2 groups.
One group goes into jungle, one group walked paved wooden street.
I was so tired because of walking under sun in the morning, but shouldn’t I go for jungle if I came all the way to Sundarbans?
So, I was in jungle team.
Got in mud with my shoes.
Soon realized it wasn’t possible to walk with shoes.
Eventually most of us took off our shoes.
As a result.....
Though sometimes roots of mangrove attacked us, it was much easier to walk without shoes. 
Walked into jungle..... 
Walked into mud.....
 
Walked into.....river even!

This is called "tiger trail" where tigers pass.
We also went to places where tigers take a rest.
(they were absent, of course. If 20 people walk with making noise, of course...)

But, found a foot print!!

And snake.

Do you know what it is?
 
Roots of mangrove.
There are about 50 kinds of mangroves in Sundarbans.
Unique thing is that roots grow not underground, but on the ground.
They need to breathe twice in a day, but it is not possible in silt...so roots come up to the soil. 
This is the place once damaged by cyclone.
There was still no plants.
 But scenery from the place was very beautiful, especially with sunset.
However, we didn't have enough time to enjoy sunset because we had to reach another place by dinner time.
We hurried to the vessel.

Then, what to do?
Everyone needed to take shower and wash clothes.
 
Then, have evening snacks. 
Dinner of the second day is BBQ, we heard.
From the evening, staffs prepared BBQ on the deck.
We expected to have BBQ dinner on the deck, but it was served at kitchen as usual.
Hmmm....a bit disappointed.
But taste was very good!

After dinner....just relaxing.
Talking with different people and went to sleep.
I wanted to spend time on the deck more talking with people, but my body insisted me to go to sleep early.

So....it was the second day.
Continues to the 3rd day.
 

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