My job brought me to Bangladesh several times
On the one hand I was excited as for my understanding this is a country where you probably would never go for holidays. Not even on the way while traveling through Asia. On the other hand I had a lot of respect as I heard and read so many things about it upfront.
The circumstances you can watch when you get around were alarming for me:
No proper streets, thousands of simple houses encountered, constructions sites everywhere. Partly flooded and covered in mud during rain season. I was stuck in the worst traffic jams I could have imagined and I have ever seen in my life. People, children and animals running around. Piles of waste laying around. Dhaka, the capital, is insanely busy as it is packed with people. People coming from all over the country to work there, earn some money to support their families elsewhere.
Of course I was always accompanied by people I worked with, but while we were running through the streets people came to circle around me, starring at me. Some wanted to touch me, few people were begging for money. I felt like an alien.
But sometimes a smile is worth a thousand words. My colleagues helped me to understand life over there a little bit better. They gave me the chance to talk to people with a little help. I was told some were happy I came there, that I took time to visit Bangladesh as it is quite unusual, especially for a woman. That I should travel around to see more and that they think all women from other countries are beautiful :)) I experienced open minded people with a big heart for their families and loved ones.
One evening I was invited to my colleagues home for dinner which was quite special. I was allowed to get to know his wonderful wife and his children and lots of food was served. They even took care of my vegan diet! So I was surprised by a very hospitable, caring family with a fantastic dinner full of typical but new flavors for me. I had never ever expected that.
This travel was quite special for me: The humble conditions in this country compared to mine in Germany made me think about myself, my life. It gave me more appreciation for what I made out of it so far. I can just recommend: if you have the chance to move out of your comfort zone, to experience new things, you should always take the opportunity.