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Scattered Clouds

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American Express Lounge at Shahjalal International Airport
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Amex Lounge at Shahjalal International Airport

One of the perks — not that there are many — of getting a City Bank American Express Credit Card (Gold) is that when you’re leaving the country, you can enjoy a somewhat luxurious lounge at the Shahjalal International Airport.

The lounge is pretty calm and beautiful. It has a good selection of free food that you can eat before you start your journey. There’s free WiFi with adequate speed to do some heavy browsing.

The lounge is accessible after you cross the immigration point, so you will likely not be spending a lot of time in there as you can only cross immigration after you’ve checked in, which is no more than a couple of hours before the departure time.

Why did I say that there aren’t many perks of getting an Amex card? Well, turns out, in Bangladesh, most merchants accept either Visa or MasterCard. American Express is not accepted as widely as Visa and MasterCard. Not that you can live without carrying cash in Bangladesh, but those places that do accept card transaction, they usually don’t support Amex cards, which is a bummer.

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Arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka

The arrival area at the only international airport in Bangladesh. Having traveled through so many international airports abroad, where you have to walk painfully long distance inside the airport to get from point A to point B, when coming back to Bangladesh, this airport feels ridiculously small. But, when you come back from a 30+ hour journey, a small airport makes it that much easy on the body.

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Cloudy Morning in Whistler

The last day before you leave when you’re out traveling is always the saddest. It was no different for me. Coming from an unbearably hot and humid weather, the cloudy and drizzling weather in Whistler on the day before I was going to leave made me miss the calm and beautiful place even more. The photo wasn’t even taken in early morning. I believe it was about 8-9 in the morning when I took this shot.

One look at all that cloud and you could tell that the rain was coming. (And it did indeed come later in the day.)

But the most surprising part for me was the fact that the weather forecast 7 days earlier so darn accurate. In Dhaka, the forecast can be hit and miss. But every time I travel to the west, I’m surprised by the accuracy of the forecast. I wish we had that here too.

(And as a side note, I’ve been playing with Affinity Photo on my new iPad Pro and edited the picture above. Here’s the original photo for reference.)

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Given that I wasn’t shooting RAW and it was shot on an iPhone 6s, the transformation was really cool to see. I’m not even expert at Affinity Photo yet, so imagine what the possibilities are if you know the ins-and-outs of this app!

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UK Border

While traveling to Canada, getting from one terminal to the next in London’s Heathrow International Airport, where I had a layover, needed me to board an airport bus that drove right next to the airport border. I could see the British road and cars driving past me. But this picture makes it more clear how I had to leave the UK border before I could officially enter it.