Met Carlos & Pat from Pasadina,CA. He's an engineer working on a water piping project both in their 70s but he could stand retirement! She used to work for the IRS. Also met Klaas Smit originally from Holland now Sydney, younger and also an engineer working on the year long project.
We then headed to the bus station and hopped one to Mongla where we could continue by boat to the Sundarban, largest mangrove forest/estuary in the world.Wiki Info Sundarbans Park
It took the local bus over 2 1/2 hours to go 44 kms! By the time we got to where we could hire a boat to go the supposedly half hour trip to the park entry we seriously considered turning around and just taking the next bus back to Khulna. Of course, we didn't and even though the cost of the boat and entry was much more than the LP stated a FULL DAY boat rental would be, we once again bit our lip and said OK, knowing that we'd never be back this way again. Glad we did since we met Mr. Sobhan (mentioned in the LP as 'The Guide' phone: 01743-416947, firstname.lastname@example.org....) and Shamim Hawlader, the boatman, 01725081753 or 01933564256 both were very good and did make the trip worthwhile.
After returning to the bus back to Khulna we anticipated waiting again for it to leave just like the one down, but this time very little wait (maybe because it was past 3pm, his last trip), even still the bus was very slow and it took almost 2 hours to get back. Hot and tired we showered, checked our taka situation, went to an ATM for just enuf to get us over the border tomorrow, and then joined Klaas, Carlos, and Pat in the restaurant for dinner and a fine chat. Both Pat and Carlos are retired, she 73, he 78 but have traveled extensively...likewise, Klaas has traveled alot working on jobs in all parts of the world though he is much younger. Very interesting folks and funny stories. We enjoyed several hours chatting before the retired to their 'suites' (being here longer term, their accomodations are considerably more complete than ours, ha!).
Tomorrow we head to the border and then via plane to Bankok.