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Christine Galipeau - Blog Post 4: It’s Closing Time

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I did things today that I would never do in Canada. At the market, I bought a Salwar Kameez for a child domestic worker in my building. After finding a great deal for the Salwar Kameez, I bought some freshly picked local olives and headed back home. Walking around in Dhaka in late November is like walking through dust clouds; there hasn’t been rainfall for weeks now. When I arrived home, I washed the desert off my feet, giving them the usual rigorous scrub. After that, I made some masala tea prepared no less with tea from the Sreemangal estates, condensed milk, and spices.

Christine Galipeau - Blog Post 3: Eid Al-Adha

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He sat at the table with a blood-splattered shirt. My eyes wandered up and down his body, noticing what looked like thick red paint on his ear. I am not sure what was more strange to me: that a man with a bloody shirt was eating breakfast at my side or the casual air that everyone had about the whole situation. For the sake of context, let’s go back to early morning when my host, Rifat awoke me:

“It’s time for the sacrifice, get up!”

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Christine Galipeau - Podcast 2: An interview with Rifat Tanjila

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Join me for an interview with a woman who challenges gender barriers and expectations. I perceive Rifat as a strong woman and I particularly enjoyed hearing her talk about empowerment. While Bangladesh is known for its traditional views about women and marriage, Rifat reminds us that things can change. 

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Christine Galipeau - Blog Post 2: The Railway Kids

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When I first saw him, he was clutching a rock in this hand. He looked ready to launch it at a target that was about three meters away from him. When I came closer, I saw that the boy’s aim was a full-grown man who also happened to be holding a rock. I felt like I was stepping into the middle of a showdown-Bangladeshi style. My voice broke the tension. “What is going on here?” The young boy looked up at me and seemed a little surprised to see me standing there. It was at that moment that I asked the boy his name. “Amar nam Mustani” he replied.

Christine Galipeau - Blog Post 1: Dhaka: a megacity that divides

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Every person has to relate to Dhaka in his or her own way. My relationship with Dhaka started at the moment I was boarding the plane from Dubai to Dhaka. People were behaving like they were about to lose their seat. It was chaotic. In that moment, I realized that I was getting a glimpse of my new home. As it turns out, the boarding experience was a preparatory drill for what was to come…

Christine Galipeau - Podcast 1: Interview with Natalia Yang

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Here is my first podcast, an interview with my fellow intern, Natalia Yang, as she prepares for her placement in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

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