Arrive tour public hospital
Trip Start May 15, 2006
7Trip End May 24, 2006
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Saw parrots again this a.m. in the park out my room window. Sea turtle researcher/conservationist Dr. Pritchard staying on our floor told me that along the western beach the skies used to darken with flights of Amazon parrots. (I found as the visit went on that I didn't need to watch for these two mealy Amazon parrots each morning-I could go about my business and they would announce their arrival with Amazon parrot "donkey braying" I knew well from friends' pet Amazons.) BTW, we had the most interesting travelers staying with us off and on during our stay at the guest house! Belgian educators working in Suriname on holiday in Guyana, a very drunken Amerindian gold miner from the interior on holiday from the mines who took a CSW (not certified social worker, a "commercial sex worker") into his room for a few hours, the Ontario college students packed for all summer doing service projects in the hinterlands, a Indo-Guyanese now New Yorker who explained the game of cricket to us...
Met at airport by U of Guyana Nursing reps who have hosted us well. Took lots of pix at the public hospital yesterday--quite eye opening. Met with Georgetown School of Nursing--a diploma program that feeds into U of G baccalaureate. Met deans and directors of Health Sciences Center of U of G at reception last night--really great Caribbean/Indian food and plum juice
Today we trek 3 hours to the east to New Amsterdam and the hospital there. More parrots? I hope!
Big news here is FIFA Trinidad & Tobago "SOCA Warriors"--red and black everywhere. ALso big is new Guyana stadium being built for cricket matches-the World Cup of cricket coming in 2007. Beautiful hotel going up next to it--probably with AIR CONDITIONING!
Will take many, many pix of the lovely old guest house for reference for future OU trips. Cold water only--quite a shock to the system yesterday but this AM much better. One student commented that she "kept turning it and turning it and it never got warm". Um--notice only ONE PIPE? Canadian college students staying downstairs--traveling all summer throughout South America doing service projects.
*Signs up in Public Hospital say, "Drugs are free to all patients" and "This hospital reserves the right to refuse services to anyone who misbehaves" (yes, we took pictures). I think that could solve US healthcare problems--give everyone free drugs and then refuse care to those who subsequently "misbehave". Built in quota system!