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Where are they now? Former reporter Santiago

After the University Post Santiago's life involved Bangladesh, photography, and pretending to be Danish royalty

Basically, I got a job in Bangladesh and I am still there working. This has been a real experience, where every day is a real challenge. I started working in development related with agricultural machinery and currently I am working in an international project that is installing the new water lines in Dhaka, the capital. The picture is of me on one of the excavators that is being used by the subcontractor in this project.

Coming to Bangladesh has not been easy, but it has been a great opportunity to work and gain experience.

Here people are really nice and treat the foreigners as movie stars; actually, when I am back in Europe it feels strange not to be stared at all the time.

Risked ‘I love you’ proposals

Here comes the anecdote: once I was with my girlfriend and a Danish friend in Old Dhaka, and locals started to take pictures of us and with us, we convinced them that my Danish friend was a Danish princess on a charity tour, and later on I had to convince some local guys that she was my second wife after my girlfriend present there, otherwise they would not have stopped proposing and saying ‘I love you’ to her.

So all in all, it is a big change to shift from Copenhagen, one of the top cities in the world in terms of life quality to the one that holds number 2, (only surpassed by Damascus) as the least livable city worldwide. What I miss the most from Copenhagen is riding the bike in the summer nights after spending a nice night outdoors and a good pint of draught beer (not available in muslim countries like Bangladesh, unless you are filthy rich and go to 5 star hotels).

After leaving the University Post, I kept taking pictures when possible, some of them are available here:

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