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Globetrotter Eliza visits Panchagarh

  • Published at 09:21 pm January 13th, 2019
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Eliza Binte Elahi Dhaka Tribune

On Sunday morning she visited the reservoir Bhitar Garh Maharajar Dighi in Sadar upazila’s Amarkhana union

Eliza Binte Elahi, thirty-something university teacher, is on a mission to see the whole world.

In 1999, Eliza first travelled abroad, but her travels really began in 2009. Since then, she has covered 46 countries across the world. The last country she visited was the Netherlands.

“I carry the flag of Bangladesh during my travels, and hold our history and traditions in my heart,” she said.

She has written two books about her travels, ‘Eliza’s Travel Diary’ and ‘Eliza’s Travel Day.’

Now, Eliza, who is an assistant professor at University of South Asia in Dhaka, has undertaken a plan to visit all 64 districts of the country. On Saturday night, she arrived in Panchagarh, her 25th district, to find out about the local history and heritage.

Her particular interest is in archeology and history.

On Sunday morning she visited the reservoir Bhitar Garh Maharajar Dighi in Sadar upazila’s Amarkhana union.

She also went to the Rocks Museum at Panchagarh Government Women’s College.

“To see the country means to understand its people,” Eliza said, speaking to this correspondent.

“It means to understand the language, the culture, the politics. The stories speak of human diversity.

“To travel to a new city is to fall in love all over again. In every country, every city, I find the feelings of falling in love,” she said.

Eliza said she particularly focuses on history and archaeological structures when travelling.

“Cities in Italy, Czech Republic, Lithuania fascinate me. China and Japan evoke a special kind of feeling, and the Netherlands I know better than the back of my hand,” she said.

She started travelling in the country from June 2016.

“Just like I want to see the world, I want to know my country as well. I want to travel to every remote corner,” she said.

“That is why I have come to Panchagarh. I want to come back here again, and work on the history, heritage, and archeology of this place,” she added.

Eliza’s hometown is in Jamalpur. Her hope is to someday work for the socioeconomic development of the people of Bangladesh.