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Sep 29, 2018 - Suriname

We finally acquired expensive tourist cards - but easier & cheaper than visas! - and traveled overland to Suriname for a few days. Started with 4 hour minibus ride in Guyana, then across a river by ferry, then another 4 hours by taxi in Suriname. Similar everything to Guyana but in Dutch. Ramshackle colonial structures in the capitol city of Paramaribo, ramshackle small homes in the countryside. But not as much trash which I appreciated. Almost all residences even had garbage cans out for collection which is very rare back in Guyana. We...

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LUCKY 58

Jul 26, 2018 - Zoo, Shopping, and Dolphins

A free day! We stayed in bed quite late – until 8:00! We had nothing planned but figured we’d let the day work itself out, so we headed down to breakfast. There was a tour agent at the breakfast area and we chatted with him about what was available and signed up for a sunset dolphin spotting tour for 4:00. Then we sat down to a nice breakfast and a Kisskidy flew down and tried to take Kitty’s omelet! Over breakfast we planned the rest of the day. We decided, as we didn’t see many animals in the wild due to the rainy season that we’d go to...

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Jul 25, 2018 - Ariane VA244 and back to Paramariebo

Up really early after a pretty late night but get bags together and head down to meet the van. Off to the IBIS viewing area to watch the launch of the Ariane flight VA244 launching four European navigation satellites – the Galilea system (like GPS). We get to the check in area and it is packed with people and about ten buses. We stood in line and finally got our passes and a little booklet about the launch, then stood in another line to get on a bus. The bus got to the road to the viewing site and waited as no one was at the gate! They...

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Jul 21, 2018 - Up the Commenwijne River

Up around 7:30 after a good sleep and go down to the hotel breakfast – quite a nice selection and cooked eggs to order. Met Irwin the guide at 9:00 and drove out to the north dock. The tide was quite low and the mud flats were covered with small crabs – hundreds of the things. Then we boarded the water taxi “Marie” and headed across the river to Fort New Amsterdam – a fortress in use from the 1600s through the second world war! There were a number of old cannons and mortars near the entrance. As we got near the entrance there was a large...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Paramaribo

Up at 6:00 and finish packing and a call from Althea saying they were ready. Apparently, we were to meet at 6:45 and not 7:00. Anyway, off to the airport and checked our bags and weighed in. They then checked our passports for the visa and the yellow fever card. We walked over to a local shop and had some breakfast – tea and a doughnut as we had bought breakfast treats the night before. Then back to the airport, through security (with another look at our passports) then into the departure lounge for about a minute before we boarded the tiny...

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Jan 19, 2018 - Paramaribo

Another morning here in Paramaribo was able to get online so got a bit of stuff done on the computer, The internet here has been very intermittent. Out early before it gets hot and this morning it was a bit cooler and lower humidity so was a nice walk to the center of the old town. Stop for some breakfast things sure move sloe here took 30 minutes to get a cup of coffee and a toasted ham and cheese sandwich and there were only 4 people there. LOL. Then was off to head to the old fort Zeelandia overlooking the Suriname River the fort was...

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Jan 18, 2018 - Paramaribo

Off this morning about the area and to a atm to some local money, and then back to hotel for some breakfast. Paramaribo is the capital of Suriname setting on the banks of the Suriname river about 15 Km from the Atlantic ocean, and is known for its wooden Dutch Colonial building, founded in the early 16th century, today it is a city of about 250 thousand people with a very mixed of people from all nations. After breakfast it was out to walk around the old Colonial part of the city with many of the old building ready to collapse but still...

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Sep 25, 2010 - Friend Jaswan to Amazon & His ' jungle' place

Today we go on a quick day trip into jungle with friend, Jaswan. Was supposed to be yesterday but business kept him too busy...we insisted that he not disrupt his schedule just for us but he really wants to get us out somewhere so we shall see. We leave for Fr Guiana tomorrow on bus at 8 am. Our experience in Suriname puts many things into perspective and illustrates the difficulties faced in S. America. Case in point - Jaswan would be considered a success anywhere in business world having developed businesses, built a home, and has many...

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Sep 22, 2010 - Paramaribo, Suriname

Up at 4:45 am for 'bus' (van) which picked us up at 5:30 at which time we were only ones in it. Spent next hour filling and left at 6:30 w/ 9 of us. Altho a Dutch colony, English is spoken by just about everyone here in Suriname and TakiTaki is really the most widespread. Dutch is taught in school but many forget most of it it not in business. We are getting spoiled speaking English, it will be a shock to return to foreign languages! Justone who was in minivan to ferry, is Indian decent 3rd gen., father is our age...3 sisters and a brother...

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Dec 16, 2007 - Paramaribo : eerste indrukken

Na onze problemen in Trinidad zijn we uiteindelijk in Paramaribo geland. Het doet raar aan : een Zuid-amerikaans land met palmbomen en al en je kunt gewoon Nederlands spreken. Nu, 't is wel gemakkelijk. Ze spreken hier allemaal met een fameus grappig accent zodat we soms wel moeite hebben om ons gezicht in de plooi te houden. Wat restaurants en bars betreft, zit het hier wel snor : we zitten niet ver van de uitgangsbuurt. We blijven hier enkele dagen hangen en gaan dan eens het binnenland in. 2 nadelen al gevonden : voor 't moment is het...

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Dec 27, 2006 - Fishing Trip on the Suriname River

Papa set up a great fishing experience for us one day. We got up early one morning and headed to the Suriname River where we met his freind, Roy. Papa had hired a boat and man to take us fishing. The boats are very colourful and was a pretty picture at the river. We sailed out to an area where locals fish with nets to catch shrimp. It is a good area to fish because alot of fish go there for the shrimps as well. The weather was not that great, and at first we did not catch too much. Maybe the weather. While we were in the boat for shelter...

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Dec 18, 2006 - Paramaribo

We arrived in the capital of Suriname at 2 am and drove to Papa's on the newly paved roads. The next day we went to the city to look for possible Eco Tours that we could go on without risk of Malaria. We also did some sight seeing. Paramaribo is a beautiful city. It is also very busy and we could not believe all the cars on the road. Traffic here is a constant. Though the country is third world we were surprised to see how much it has changed for the better in just over a year. There is alot of building and restoration and the city is in...

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