Well, there is less than a week before I leave for Akron, PA for orientation and suddenly Bangladesh is regularly in the news. Looks like a challenging time to be entering such a densely populated country. Since the flooding started a week or so ago, there have been estimates of between 5 and 7 million people losing their homes and around 150 dead. Food and clean drinking water are hard to come by and people are all moving to higher ground. This will probably make for an interesting and somewhat overwhelming start to my term in Bangladesh when I arrive in the middle of Monsoon season on August 20. Who knows how this uncommon and extreme flooding will affect my position in Bangladesh but it will definitely provide a new and challenging dynamic to the beginning of this exciting assignment.